Dr. Edgar Daniel Gillis was born on August 28th 1881 in Aldborough Twp, Elgin County, Ontario. His parents were Neil D. Gillis and the former Barbara Crawford. He had a sister named Maggie who was born on the 22nd of December, 1883. Dr. Gillis was not quite 4 years old, when his father died on the 25th of March, 1885 at the age of 30 years. By 1901 Dr. Gillis’ mother had moved to Muirkirk in Kent County. Dr. Gillis attended Alborough Public School and Ridgetown High School. He graduated from the Chatham Normal School in 1902 and became a school teacher in Muirkirk.
Dr. Gillis attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated M.B. in 1906. He initially set up his medical practice in Morpeth, Ontario before moving to Ridgetown in 1907. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Gillis joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 27th of June, 1907.
Dr. Gillis married Ethel Bell McLean on the 8th of October, 1908 in Ridgetown. Mrs. Gillis was born on the 1st of January, 1885 in Norwich Twp, Oxford County. Her parents were Donald J. McLean and the former Catherine Mitton. According to the 1891 census, the McLean family lived in Ridgetown and her father was a merchant. Mrs. Gillis had a younger sister named Grace.
Dr. Gillis purchased a home located at 66 Main Street East in Ridgetown in 1912. His office was located on the east side of the residence. Dr. and Mrs. Gillis had 3 children; Donna Jean, Katherine Maxine and Margery Isabell.
Dr. Gillis was a member of the Ridgetown Public School Board for many years. He served as the President of the Kent County Medical Association in 1939. Dr. Gillis was a member of Rotary.
Mrs. Gillis died in 1948. She was buried at Greenwood Cemetery. After her death, Dr. Gillis married Sarah Estelle Liberty. She was born on the 12th of June, 1892 in Ottawa, Ontario. She was the youngest of 4 children born to Frank Liberty and the former Sarah Margaret Kimball.
Dr. Gillis died in Ridgetown on the 4th of September, 1954. Dr. Gillis was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
* His daughter Margery Isabell became a nurse and married Dr. John P. Wells of Chapleau, Ontario in 1933.
The photo below is of the home Dr. Gillis purchased in 1912 and his graduation photo.