The (daughter) of a (pistol-packing) preacher man: Bill Hare was a reverend in the United Church of Canada, with a loving wife, a family and a shooting range in his basement.
The basement had the same kind of furniture found in basements across Canada, with the bookshelves and cabinets and the bed for when guests stayed the night. Hare, a three-time Olympic shooter, made sure it was all protected from damage when the pistols came out.
“We used to laughingly say that when people stayed overnight and had to spend the night in the basement, they had to be up early so we weren’t shooting over their bed,” his wife, Fran Hare, said with a chuckle.
Her husband valued safety. After all, he was known as The Pistol-Packing Preacher.
“People used to ask him: ‘Isn’t shooting a terribly violent activity for somebody in the ministry?’” Fran Hare said. “And his response was: ‘No, it’s a very expensive way of making holes in paper.”
And it has become a way to create a Canadian Olympic legacy.
Hare died following a car accident near Calgary seven years ago, but instilled a love of pistol shooting in his two youngest daughters. And one of them, Dorothy Ludwig, will compete in the 10-metre air pistol event at the London Olympics on Sunday.