Roger Hare was born in Houlton, Maine on December 27, 1927. His parents were Hilda Porter and Donald Hare. He grew up in Houlton and attended Monticello Elementary and Middle School and Houlton High School. When he was seventeen, he contracted tuberculosis and spent two years at a sanitarium in Hebron. After that he went to work for the Maine Turnpike in 1947 as one of the first toll collectors. He worked for the International Association of Machinists as a field staff person for twenty-four years and as a union representative for forty years.
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