Dr. Reginald Vavasour Bray was born in Chatham, Ontario on the 24th of February, 1869, the eldest son of Dr. John Lang Bray and the former Madeline Isobel Noel. His younger brothers were Walter and John. Dr. Reginald V. Bray was educated in Chatham and graduated from the old Chatham High School. He furthered his education at Trinity Medical School and graduated M.D. from The University of Toronto Medical Faculty on June 1st, 1890. According to the 1892 Ontario Medical Register Dr. Bray joined the College of Physician and Surgeons on the 22nd of May, 1890.
After graduation, Dr. Bray practised medicine in Moore Twp (Lambton County) for a short time, before returning to his home town of Chatham and joining his father in his medical practice. Dr. Bray married Mary Tackaberry October 24th, 1894 in Chatham. Mrs. Bray was born in Toronto on the 17th of June, 1868, the eldest daughter of William Leonard Tackaberry and the former Maggie Watson. Her siblings included Mary, Margaret, Hannah, Edith and William.
Dr. Bray served in an executive capacity with the Kent Children’s Aid Society for 8 years. Dr. Bray was Superintendent of the Anglican Church Sunday School. He lectured on medical matters to the Chatham Industrial Night School and to the nurses at the Public General Hospital. In January of 1905, Dr. Bray was elected Chairman of the Chatham Water Board. Like his father, he was appointed as a coroner in April of 1907. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Health in January of 1911 and in 1912 and again in 1919. Dr. Bray was elected Chairman of the Chatham Library Board in February of 1914. He was instrumental in acquiring support for the purchase of books. In January of 1919, he was appointed as the Medical Representative to treat discharged soldiers and sailors.
According to the 1920 Vernon’s City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Bray’s medical office was located at 117 Wellington St. West.
Dr. Reginald V. Bray died October 2nd, 1921 at his residence located at 25 Dufferin Ave., in Chatham, from complications of pneumonia. Mrs. Bray died on the 17th of June, 1935. She had been an active member of the I.O.D.E. serving as Regent at least twice. Dr. and Mrs. Bray are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery (in the Tackaberry Family plot) in Chatham.
*His father Dr. John Lang Bray is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.