Murrell E. `Earl' Hare, 71, auctioneer, mechanic

November 15, 2003

Murrell E. "Earl" Hare, an auctioneer and former Ellicott City resident, died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Searsport, Maine, where he moved 25 years ago. He was 71.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, he was a 1950 graduate of Forest Park High School. After service in the Army, he purchased several service stations and became a master mechanic at 40 West Volkswagen. He was later service manager for Normandy Ford.

Mr. Hare raised basset hounds and bloodhounds at his kennel, Chalimar Acres, in Ellicott City. He was a charter member of the Mid-Atlantic Bloodhound Club and was a former board member and president of the Catonsville Kennel Club and the Basset Hound Club of Maryland.

Mr. Hare also enjoyed refinishing antique furniture. He opened the Red Barn Antiques Shop in Reisterstown and ran it with his wife, the former Elizabeth Ann Nitsch. They were married 51 years.

In the early 1970s, as president of the Mount de Sales Academy of the Visitation Parents Club, he helped the Catonsville institution start a school bus route.

In 1979, after vacationing in Maine for many years, Mr. Hare moved there permanently and founded the Hare Auction Co., which he ran with family members.

A Mass was offered yesterday at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Hampden, Maine.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Charles Walter Hare of Stockton Springs, Maine; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Whitney of Bucksport, Maine, and Mary Catherine Hare of Searsmont, Maine; and three grandchildren.

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