Dr. Omer Joseph Rochon was born on the 24th of July, 1870 in Ste. Marthe, Quebec. Dr. Rochon was the 2nd of 7 children born to Moise Rochon and the former Celina Riopel. His father was a stone mason. His siblings were; Josephine, Albert, Telesphore, Victor, Rasene and Clement. His father was born in Quebec and his mother was born in Ontario. Dr. Rochon’s family moved around between Quebec, Ontario and the United States, wherever his father could obtain work.
While he was still a medical student, Dr. Rochon married Marie Clara Marguerite Perrin on the 26th of November, 1896 in Clarence Creek, Ontario. She was born on the 11th of March, 1873 in Clarence, the daughter of Telesphore Perrin and the former Clara Menard. Her father was a merchant in Clarence, Ontario. Mrs. Rochon had one sister Cecile who was 15 years younger than her.
Dr. Rochon graduated M.D. from the Université Laval, Quebec in 1902. According to the 1911 census, Dr. and Mrs. Rochon were living in Lac Au Salmon, Quebec, with their 3 children, Rénè, Gérard and Pauline.
According to the 1921 census, Dr. Rochon was living in Tilbury with his wife Clara, and their son Gérard, who listed his occupation as a druggist. Also living with Dr. and Mrs. Rochon were her parents, Telesphore and Clara Perrin.
According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Rochon obtained his L.M.C.C. in 1919 and joined the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 10th of December, 1919. Further the Ontario Medical Register identifies Dr. Rochon as practicing in Tilbury. His residence was located on Canal Street in Tilbury. Dr. Rochon was designated as a Coroner.
Dr. Rochon’s name appears on death and birth records in Tilbury in the 1920’s, 1930’s and the 1940’s. Dr. Rochon sat on the Tilbury Public Library Board and he was a member of the Tilbury Lions Club. He served as President in 1939.
Mrs. Rochon died on the 8th of January, 1944. Dr. Rochon died in 1957. They are buried at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Tecumseh, (Essex County) Ontario. Their daughter Pauline (1906-1962) was also buried there.
*Dr. Rochon’s son Rénè Omer Rochon served during World War I with the Canadian Military. He survived the war and died in Detroit, Michigan on the 17th of August, 1972.