Dr. Ralph Archibald Ruby was born on the 23rd of September, 1899 in Waterloo, Ontario. His parents were Dr. Ralph Herbert Ruby and the former Lillian Foster. Dr. Ruby’s father attended medical school after Dr. Ruby was born. At the time of their marriage, his father was a teacher. Dr. Ralph Herbert Ruby graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1906. Dr. Ralph Archibald Ruby had a younger sister named Phyllis Lillian Ruby.
Dr. Ralph A. Ruby was educated in Kitchener and Kars, Ontario. Prior to attending university Dr. Ruby had jobs as a banker in Osgoode, a civil servant in Ottawa and working at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit.
He entered The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1920 and graduated M.B. in 1926. He interned at the Ottawa Civic Hospital before opening his medical practice in Kemptville, Ontario. He served as Medical Officer of Health in Kemptville for 2 years.
Dr. Ruby married Margery Vivienne Wilson in Kemptville on the 6th of September, 1930. Mrs. Ruby was born in Smith Falls on the 22nd of September, 1904, the daughter of Joseph Robert Wilson and the former Ida Isabelle Sweeney. Her father was an undertaker and she had a younger brother named John Wilson.
Dr. and Mrs. Ruby had two children, Jocelyn and Ralph.
In 1943, Dr. Ruby enlisted in the R.C.A.M.C. and served for 2 1/2 years during World War II. Upon his discharge, Dr. Ruby moved his practice to Tilbury. He became the Medical Officer of Health for Tilbury North for 5 years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and the Canadian Legion. Dr. Ruby was a member of the Tilbury Lions Club and served as the President in 1959. He enjoyed bowling and curling in his spare time.
Dr. and Mrs. Ruby enjoyed travelling. One of their most exciting excursions, was a trip around the world on a freighter.
Dr. and Mrs. Ruby retired to London, Ontario in 1972. Just prior to Dr. Ruby’s retirement nearly 600 citizens from Tilbury and the surrounding area, gathered at the Tilbury Memorial Arena to pay tribute to Dr. Ruby, Dr. Donald M. McPherson and Dr. Ernest U. Sparling (a dentist), who were all retiring. Dr. Ruby commented that he never regretted his decision to move from the Ottawa Valley and he called the citizens of Tilbury, “the most friendly in the world”.
Dr. Ruby died on the 5th of September, 1990. Mrs. Ruby died on the 16th of December, 1998. Dr. and Mrs. Ruby are buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in London.
*Dr. Ruby’s son, Ralph also became a physician.
**Dr. Donald Marshall McPherson also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.