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 younger 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 Chatham-Kent. Dr. Gillis attended Aldborough Public School and Ridgetown High School. He graduated from the Chatham Normal School in 1902 and he 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 Coldwater, (Simcoe County) Ontario for a brief period of time, 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 Isabel 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 John McLean and the former Catherine Ann 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. Gillis appears in the 1913 Bell Telephone Directory. His office was located on Main Street and his telephone number was 11.
Dr. and Mrs. Gillis had 3 children; Donna Jean Gillis, Katherine Maxine Gillis and Margery Isabel Gillis.
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 on the 18th of April, 1948. She was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
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. Her siblings were; Charles, Annie and Florence.
Dr. Gillis died at his residence in Ridgetown on the 4th of September, 1954. Dr. Gillis was buried next to his first wife at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown. Mrs. Estelle Gillis died in April of 1981.
* His daughter Margery Isabel became a nurse and married Dr. John P. Wells of Chapleau, Ontario in 1933.
The photo below is of the home that Dr. Gillis purchased in 1912.