Dr. Robert Jerome Sussex was born on the 11th of July, 1922 in London, Ontario. His parents were John Arthur Sussex and the former Mary Knowlty. Dr. Sussex served with the Army Medical Corp and attended the University of Western Ontario and graduating M.D. in 1946. After completing his internship, he settled into a Family Medicine practice in Florence, (Lambton County) in 1947.
Dr. Sussex married Phyllis Eleanor McCormick and they had 3 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 Medical Society in 1964.
Dr. Sussex moved his practice to Chatham in 1971. Dr. Sussex was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Rotarian. Dr. Sussex retired in 1998.
Dr. Sussex died on November 5th, 1999 in Chatham, Ontario. Dr. Sussex was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. Mrs. Sussex died in 2010 and she was buried next to her husband.