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Biography of James Haire A/B

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March 1945 Photo Nene Lives Book Photo
Extracted from the photo of the Crew of the Nene on deck taken March 1945
Photo from the book "NENE LIVES The Story of H.M.C.S. Nene & her Crew" - 1993

James 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.

Ken Riley


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