It is with great sorrow that I inform you that my father, Waboos Hare, passed away yesterday at 12:40 p.m. Laurie was at his side when he died. He had been hospitalized since April 20, when he fell in his home and fractured his femur. All three of his children–Laurie, Steve and I–as well as grandchildren, daughters-in-law and close friends have been with him these past two weeks. His last few days were peaceful, with family at his side and Keewaydin songs playing in the background. Last night we sang to him “Till We Meet Again” (a.k.a. the Candlelight Song) in three part harmony (with a fourth part occasionally slipping in).
Born on September 6, 1914, Waboos was ninety six when he died. Director of Keewaydin Dunmore from 1946-2000, he first arrived on the shores of Lake Dunmore as a Waramaug camper in 1923–and never missed a summer from then on. He was, and is, a legend.
A memorial service to celebrate Waboos’s life will be held at camp during the annual Alumni-Family Reunion, August 25-28. Please be on the lookout for more details about the memorial service in the next few weeks.