Dr. Walter Westlake Hoare was born on the 13th of February, 1837 in Adelaide Twp, (Middlesex County) Ontario. He was the eldest of 7 children born to John Straud Hoare and the former Mary Westlake. His father was a merchant and his siblings were; Mary, Elizabeth, George, William, Phillip and John.
Dr. Hoare married Sarah MacKenzie around 1858. Mrs. Hoare was born in Ontario, on the 22nd of May, 1836, the 8th of 9 children born to Duncan MacKenzie and the former Margaret Barclay. Her parents were born in Scotland and they farmed in Middlesex County. Her siblings were; Ann, Mary, John, Alexander, Margaret, Isabella, Duncan and John.
According to the 1861 census, Dr. and Mrs. Hoare resided in Adelaide Township. Dr. Hoare was not yet a doctor and his occupation was listed as a farmer.
Dr. Hoare studied under Dr. Henry Hanson of London, Ontario prior to attending Queen’s University. Dr. Hoare graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine in Kingston in 1864.
After his graduation from medical school, Dr. Hoare practiced medicine in Dawn Mills. Dr. Hoare’s medical practice appears in the 1864-1865 Kent County Directory and Gazetteer. Dr. Hoare joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 12th of June, 1866.
Dr. and Mrs. Hoare had 5 children; Frances, Emma, Charles, Georgina and Edward.
By 1871, Dr. Hoare and his family were living in Strathroy where Dr. Hoare was practicing medicine. Dr. Hoare’s brother Phillip was also living with Dr. Hoare and his occupation was listed as a medical student. Dr. Hoare appears in the 1886 and 1894 London City and Middlesex County Directory under the subtitle of Strathroy. Dr. Hoare stayed in Strathroy until 1905, when he moved to Walkerville (Essex County), Ontario.
Dr. Hoare died in Walkerville on the 29th of January, 1920. He was buried at St. Mary’s Anglican Cemetery, 1983 St. Mary’s Gate in Walkerville. Mrs. Hoare died on the 16th of September, 1921. She was buried beside her husband.
*Dr. Hoare’s son, Charles Westlake Hoare also became a physician and he practiced medicine in Walkerville. He died on the 10th of November, 1931.
**Dr. Hoare’s grandson Charles Walter Hoare was killed in action during WWI on the 14th of August, 1916, He was buried at Bailleur Communal Cemetery in France.