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 combined his office with his home, which also contained a dispensary. A large German Shepherd named “Denny” was the family pet and security system.
Dr. Sussex married Phyllis Eleanor McCormick and they had 3 children, Frank, Marianne and Robert. Mrs. Sussex graduated from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in 1945. She was introduced to her future husband by her future mother-in-law, when she was caring for Dr. Sussex’s mother.
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. and Mrs. Sussex enjoyed spending time with their family by the campfire at their cottage in Rondeau. Dr. Sussex 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.