Waboos Hare

Waboos HareDear Keewaydineesi,
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.

Keewaydinly,
Pete Hare

Pete Hare

4 Responses to Waboos Hare

  1. Tim Etchells says:

    Sorry to hear about your father, Pete. He was quite a guy. I only met him a few times, during a couple of visits to see son Peter when he was a camper, and then during some interviews in the course of writing about the camp for Vermont Magazine, years ago. But it was obvious what he meant to Keewaydin and all the people he touched over the years. My thoughts are with you and all his family and friends.

  2. John G Thomas says:

    Moments I will not ever forget …”follow the silver pen”…sitting at Sunday night campfire before the Kicker …smoking his pipe( relaxed) …asleep on Moosalomoo dock Sunday during rest hr with no shirt on having read the Sunday paper ?????Getting mad when we didn’t sing in the dinning hall to his licking ..the “old timers baseball game ” at the beginning of camp and Waboos running????down first base line in the old ball field

    I have to stop ..Ill think more about it running in the woods

  3. F. David Barlow says:

    In the summer of 1959 or 1960 (oldtimers has gotten to me), I attended the Lake Dunmore Tripping School on scholarship from another summer camp at which I was to work. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Waboos Hare changed the way I looked at the planet and at life in general, and at myself particularly. One word which is used abusedly in our language is “gentleman”.
    I think that Mr. Hare was the first of these that I met (at age 17), and he set the standard for that appelation which remains with me today. Few others have ever approached that bar. It is pleasant to contemplate just how many others he affected, and encouraged to live a reasoned life. I truly thank God for giving Waboos Hare to this world. Weren’t we all lucky to have known him?
    Happy Trails!
    Dave Barlow

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