Dr. Philip “Thomas” Kearns was born in Elgin County on the 3rd of October, 1901. His parents were Philip Kearns and the former Margaret Jane Fitzpatrick. Dr. Kearns grew up on a farm, located on the 2nd Concession of Aldborough Township, Elgin County. He was one of 5 children. His siblings included; Joseph, Mary, Patrick and James.
Dr. Kearns graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1933. He set up his medical practice in Bothwell.
Dr. Kearns married Mary ‘Helen’ Koehler on the 12th of July, 1933 in London, Ontario. Mrs. Kearns was born on the 18th of January, 1907 in Tyrconnell which is a small community in Elgin County. She was the daughter of Edward Koehler and the former Mary Helena Dromgole. Her father was a fisherman and she was the eldest of 4 children. Her siblings were; John, Henry and Catharine. At the time of their marriage, Mrs. Kearns listed her occcupation as a stenographer.
According to Voter Records, Dr. Kearns was still living in Bothwell in 1940.
In 1941, Dr. Kearns reported for duty to St. John’s, New Brunswick and he served his country during WWII.
By 1949 Dr. Kearns was living at R.R.#4 London, Ontario with his wife Helen. He was still living in London in 1957. He is known to have a son Thomas Jr. and a daughter named Gertrude and another daughter.
Dr. Kearns died at St Joseph’s Hospital in London on the 28th of June, 1960. He was survived by his second wife, a son and 2 daughters.
*Dr. Kearns also appears on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Western Ontario Library.