Walter Edward Lake 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1907 to 1947
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. Walter Edward Lake was born on the 29th of September, 1882. His parents were Dr. Charles Bailey Lake and the former Sarah Dodge. He was the youngest of 4 sons. His siblings were Harry William Lake born in 1871, Charles Buckley Lake (born in 1872 and died a few months later) and Charles Ross Lake was born in 1876.  Dr. Walter Lake was educated in Ridgetown, graduating from Ridgetown High School before attending McGill University in Montreal. In 1907, he graduated M.D., C.M. and interned at Harper Hospital in Detroit.  He returned to Ridgetown in 1908 to practice medicine.  According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Registry, Dr. Lake joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 30th of September, 1910.

Dr. Lake married Alice McVean in Dresden, Ontario on June 11th, 1914. She was born in Dresden on the 1st of November, 1888. Her parents were Osgood and Catherine McVean.

Dr. Walter E. Lake and his wife resided in the home, that his father built in 1870, located at 51 Main Street East, in Ridgetown.  Dr. and Mrs. Lake had two sons, Charles Osgood Lake (born in 1915) and James Douglas Lake (born in 1921).  Both of their sons were born in Ridgetown.

Dr. Lake was a member of the Ridgetown Library Board and the Ridgetown High School board, serving as Chairman at times. Dr. Lake enjoyed playing golf and he was a founding member of the Ridgetown Golf Club.  He served as President of the Ridgetown Golf Club in 1923, 1924, 1945-1946 and in 1947.  He belonged to the Howard Lodge A.F. & A.M. #391.

Dr. Lake died on the 5th of September, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. His wife Alice died on the 7th of January, 1967. They are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.

Their son, Charles Osgood Lake died in 1997 and he was buried at Ridgetown.  Dr. James Douglas Lake graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1943. He practiced in Ridgetown from 1947 to 1948 before moving to the United States to practice medicine. He died in Atlanta, Georgia on the 20th of February, 1989. Mrs. Alice Lake’s sister Dr. Sarah McVean, became a doctor in 1908 and she practiced in Dresden.  His brother Dr. Charles Ross Lake became a dentist.

*His father Dr. Charles Bailey Lake and Dr. Sarah Georgana McVean are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.