Dr. Donald Patrick Robertson was born on the 8th of May, 1911 in Milton, Ontario. His parents were Donald Stewart Robertson and the former Catherine Maude Dewar. His siblings included; Helen, Stewart, Duncan, Alexander, Ernest, Catherine and William. He attended school in Milton before attending medical school at the University of Manitoba. He graduated M.D. in 1938. Dr. Robertson interned at Vancouver General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Robertson answered his country’s call for duty during WWII. He served from 1940 to 1945 with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp. After his discharge he did post graduate work in London, England. He earned his surgical designation in England (F.R.C.S.), became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and qualified in General Surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.
He married Ena “Paddy” Maud Browne in 1943. She was born in England, on the 18th of October, 1908. Mrs. Robertson, was the eldest of 3 children born to Anthony Montague Browne and the former Maud Alice Chapman.
Dr. and Mrs. Robertson had 3 children, Lynn, Susan Lorraine and David Mervyn.
Dr. and Mrs. Robertson returned to Canada and settled in Sarnia, where Dr. Robertson belonged to a group surgical practice from 1947 to 1950. In 1950, the family moved to Chatham. Dr. Robertson served as the President of St. Joseph’s Medical Staff. According to the 1956 and the 1965 Vernon’s City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Robertson’s office was located at 220-A Wellington Street West. He was a respected surgeon.
In 1966 Dr. and Mrs. Robertson moved to Toronto and Dr. Robertson worked for the Workmen’s Compensation Board.
Dr. Robertson enjoyed golfing, fishing and curling.
Dr. Robertson died on the 26th of February, 1979. Mrs. Robertson died on the 8th of May, 1993 in Toronto. They are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Milton, Ontario.