Eric Haire - Able Seaman
James Eric Haire was born in Edmonton on June 6,1924. He went to school
in Edmonton to grade 12, followed by one year at university. During his
school years Jim played a tuba in the Edmonton Schoolboys Band and the
Edmonton Fusiliers Reserve Army Band. He joined the RCNVR at Edmonton
Nonesuch Naval Station in 1943 and was discharged in 1946 at Naden Naval
Base in Victoria, B.C., after serving on HMCS Uganda for four months.
In 1946, Jim married Doreen Duncan and in the same year they moved to
Vancouver. The Haires have three children, one son, James (passed away
Jan.4/92) and two daughters, Beverley and Karen. Jim was working in the
dairy and dry cleaning industries at that time. He started his own business,
installing and repairing dairy, dry cleaning and laundry equipment for
about three years, then moved into sales in the same industries. In 1959
he was trans-ferred to Edmonton by his company, where they bought a house
that they still live in. He continued in sales until his retirement in
1989. The Haire's have five grandchildren, all born in Edmonton. Jim's
hobbies are stamp collecting and watch and clock repair and restoration.
I am sad to report that Jim Haire has passed away. I received a note
from Doreen on March 17th 2004, saying that Jim had a bad fall on the ice.
At that time she said his cancer was still active and his future was
unpredictable. We will send flowers to Doreen at home.