Dr. John ‘Jack’ Watson Pickering was born on the 1st of September, 1916 in Blenheim. His parents were Wesley G. Pickering and the former Vera M. Johnson. (Dr. Pickering’s maternal grandfather’s first name was Watson.) His father was a shopkeeper in the Town of Blenheim. Dr. Pickering had a brother named Frederick Herbert Pickering who was born in 1918. Frederick died on the 21st of October, 1919 and he was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim. According to the 1921 census, Dr. Pickering was living with his parents on Hall Street in Blenheim.
Dr. Pickering attended Blenheim Public School and Blenheim High School. He continued his education and graduated M.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1941.
Dr. Pickering married Mary Jean MacDonald. She was born on the 10th of March, 1914 in Ottawa. Her parents were Wilfred MacDonald and the former Lillian Durning. Mrs. Pickering had an older sister named Phyllis and a younger brother named Leo.
After his graduation from medical school, Dr. and Mrs. Pickering moved to British Columbia. While living in B.C., Dr. Pickering enlisted in the Canadian Army and served oversea’s during World War II, with the British Columbia Dragoons.
In 1946 Dr. and Mrs. Pickering purchased 7 Chatham Street South in Blenheim, from Dr. Charles T. Gray, who was a dentist. Dr. Pickering’s medical practice was located on the ground floor of the residence. Dr. Pickering sold his practice to Dr. Howard Judson Rees, on the 3rd of July, 1956. Dr. and Mrs. Pickering moved to Oshawa, where Dr. Pickering continued to practice medicine.
Dr. Pickering died on the 28th of June, 1968. At the time of his death he was on vacation in Truro, Nova Scotia. Mrs. Pickering died on the 12th of May, 2010. They are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim. Dr. and Mrs. Pickering were the parents of 4 children, 3 daughters and a son, Mary Jean, Randi, John and Susan.
*The webmaster thanks Nan Barnett and the Heritage Center in Blenheim for their assistance.
**Dr. Pickering appears on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
***Dr. Howard Judson Rees also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.