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 in Ridgetown.   His parents were Dr. Charles Bailey Lake and the former Sarah Laura 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 appears in the 1913 Bell Telephone Directory.  His telephone number was 61.

Dr. Lake married Alice McVean in Dresden on June 11th, 1914. She was born in Dresden on the 1st of November, 1888. Her parents were Osgood McVean and the former Catherine Philpott.  Her grandfather Alexander McVean owned a wood working factory in Dresden, that produced wagon wheels.  When Alexander McVean retired in 1890, Osgood McVean and his brother William took over the ownership of the factory.  Mrs. Lake was raised in a home located at 379 Hughes Street in Dresden.  This home has been included on the Chatham-Kent Municipal Heritage Register.  Mrs. Lake was the 3rd of 10 children.  Her siblings were; John, Sarah, Kathleen, Alexander, Mary, James, Osgood, Patrick and Esther.

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 was born in 1915 and James “Douglas” Lake was 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 at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan on the 5th of September, 1947. His wife Alice died at the Public General Hospital on the 7th of January, 1967. Dr. and Mrs. McVean are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.

His son, Sub-Lieutenant Charles Osgood Lake died in 1997 and he was buried at Ridgetown.  His son, Dr. James Douglas Lake graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in July of 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 his son Dr. James Douglas Lake also appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.   His sister-in-law Dr. Sarah Georgiana McVean is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.

**His son Charles Osgood Lake served with the R.C.N.V.R. during WWII and he is featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website.