Dr. Ernest Cecil Riseborough was born at Huffman’s Corners, Harwich Township, (Kent County), on April 7th, 1895. His parents were William Riseborough and the former Bertha May Huffman. His siblings included; Lena May who died when she was a child, Virly, Loretta May, Wilbur “Lloyd” and Theresa. He was educated in Blenheim and attended Chatham Collegiate Institute in Chatham, before attending The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated M.B. in 1918 and enlisted on the 29th of April, 1918.
Dr. Riseborough served overseas with the Canadian Army Medical Corp during World War I. In August of 1919 his unit was demobilized and he returned to Canada.
Upon his discharge, Dr. Riseborough opened his medical practice in Chatham. According to the 1921-1922 Vernon City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Riseborough resided at 51 Sixth Street.
On April 30th, 1923, Dr. Riseborough married Edna Marion Richards in Chatham. Mrs. Riseborough was born on the 22nd of January 1897 in Camden Twp, Kent County, the only child of William George Richards and the former Mildred Heyward. Her father was a lawyer and according to the 1911 census and their wedding record, the Richards family lived at 302 Wellington Street West in Chatham.
Dr. Riseborough loved hockey and was the Manager of the Chatham Hockey Club. He was a member of the Shriners.
In July of 1928, Dr. Riseborough sold his practice to Dr. James G. Bice. Dr. Riseborough moved to Philadelphia to study Urology. According to the 1940 U.S. Census, Dr. and Mrs. Riseborough were living in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Riseborough died in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on December 3rd, 1958. Mrs. Riseborough died on the 6th of March 1980. At the time of her death, she was residing at 427 King Street in Chatham. Dr. and Mrs. Riseborough are interred in the mausoleum at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
Dr. Riseborough is also featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
Photo: Courtesy of the Chatham-Kent Museum
*Dr. James Gilbert Bice also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.