Dr. James Richard Jenkin was born on the 28th of January, 1926, in London, Ontario. His parents were James Gilmore Jenkin and the former Grace Pearl Johnston. Dr. Jenkin was educated at King Edward Public School and Walkerville Collegiate in Windsor, Ontario.
Dr. Jenkin graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1951. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Kappa Medical Fraternity. Dr. Jenkin interned at St Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. For a short time he practiced in Burlington, but moved to Chatham in 1953.
Dr. Jenkin married Sally Louise Kerr on the 17th of June, 1950 in Chatham. Mrs. Jenkin was born in Chatham on the 3rd of January, 1926 the eldest of 2 children born to John Beverly Kerr and the former Gertrude Thelma Coneybeare. Her father operated a hotel in Chatham and she had a brother named William. Mrs. Jenkin graduated from the University of Western Ontario in psychology in 1950.
Dr. and Mrs. Jenkin had 4 children; Dr. Jeffrey Kerr Jenkin, Judith Ann (Jenkin) Langford, James Beverly Jenkin and Rosalyn Jenkin. In 1972, the Jenkin family resided at 26 Briar Hill Road in Chatham.
In his spare time, Dr. Jenkin enjoyed hunting, camping, golf, skiing, photography and fishing.
By 1991, Dr. Jenkin no longer practiced medicine in Canada. He moved to Rowlett, Texas for a few years and in 1994 he moved to Howell, Michigan.
Dr. Jenkin died on the 26th of January, 1996 in Howell, Michigan. Mrs. Jenkin died on the 5th of February, 2005, in Erie Beach (Chatham-Kent), Ontario.
*Dr. Jenkin’s father served with Canadian Armed Services during WWI.