Dr. Robert Jerome Sussex was born on the 11th of July, 1922 in London, Ontario. He was the only child of John Arthur Sussex and the former Mary Knowlty. His father was an electrician with the P.U.C. of London. Dr. Sussex attended St. Martin’s School in London for his primary education and South Secondary School.
Dr. Sussex served with the Army Medical Corp during WWII. After his discharge from the service, he completed his studies at the University of Western Ontario, graduating M.D. in 1946. Dr. Sussex interned at St Joseph’s Hospital in London, then he settled into a family medicine practice in Florence, (Lambton County) in 1947. Dr. Sussex combined his office with his home, which also contained a dispensary. A large German Shepherd named “Denny” was the family pet and the security system.
Dr. Sussex married Phyllis Eleanor McCormick on the 12th of August, 1944 at the Metropolitan United Church in London. She was born in London on the 11th of July, 1923, the daughter of Andy and Ethel McCormick. Her father was a Customs Officer in London and she had 3 siblings; Andy, Hilda and Harold. Mrs. Sussex graduated from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in 1945. She was introduced to her husband by her future mother-in-law, when she was caring for Dr. Sussex’s mother at St Joseph’s Hospital.
Dr. and Mrs. Sussex had children; Frank, Marianne and Robert.
Dr. Sussex was Medical Officer of Health and a District Coroner. He served as a village trustee for 5 years. Dr. Sussex was a Master of Masonic Lodge #390 in 1962. He was a member of the Canadian Medical Association and the Ontario Medical Association, and he was president of the Kent County Medical Society in 1964. Mrs. Sussex assisted Dr. Sussex in his medical office.
Dr. Sussex moved his medical practice and his residence to Chatham in 1971. Dr. and Mrs. Sussex purchased the former home of Dr. William James Reid at 48 Robertson Avenue in Chatham. Dr. Sussex was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Rotarian. He retired in 1998.
Dr. and Mrs. Sussex enjoyed spending time with their family by the campfire at their cottage in Rondeau. He was an avid reader.
Dr. Sussex died on November 5th, 1999 in Chatham. Dr. Sussex was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. Mrs. Sussex died on the 30th of December 2010 and she was buried next to her husband.
*Dr. William James Reid also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.