Dr. James Frank Richardson was born in his parents home on Canal Street in Tilbury, Ontario on the 3rd of March, 1911. His parents were Edgar Bruce Richardson and the former Minnie Olga Bartley. His father was a merchant in Tilbury. He had an older sister named Catharine Elizabeth Richardson who was born on the 3rd of July, 1909 and a younger brother named John Norman Richardson who was born on the 22 of November, 1916. Dr. Richardson’s father died on the 24th of October, 1919 when Dr. Richardson was only 7 years old. Dr. Richardson attended public school in Tilbury and Chatham Collegiate Institute High School.
He graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1935. Dr. Richardson interned at Victoria Hospital in London and Hotel Dieu Hospital in Windsor. In 1939, Dr. Richardson set up his medical office in his mother’s home on Canal Street in Tilbury.
Dr. Richardson, served for 3 ½ years with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp during World War II. His brother John was killed in action during WWII on the 20th of October, 1944. John Norman Richardson was a flying officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force and he was killed in a mid-air collision during a training exercise near Brighton, Nova Scotia. His brother was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery near Tilbury.
Ater the war, Dr. Richardson returned to his medical practice in Tilbury in 1947. He was fondly known as “Dr. Jim” to his patients.
Dr. Richardson enjoyed playing golf and he was a member at Maple City Country Club in Chatham. Dr. Richardson retired from medicine in November of 1981. Upon his retirement he told a reporter, “I delivered babies for babies I delivered before”.
Dr. Richardson, died on the 8th of December, 1999. He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery near Tilbury.
*Dr. Richardson and his brother John are both featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.