Dr. Delaski Marr was born in Almonte, Michigan on the 21st of April, 1871. He was the eldest of 3 sons born to Dr. Francis Button Marr and the former Mary Ann Smith. The Marr family moved to Ridgetown when Dr. Marr was 1 year old. His father had a general medical practice in Ridgetown and his siblings were both born in Ridgetown; Ralph Marr was born on the 12th of October 1875 and Freddie Marr was born on the 8th of October, 1876. Ralph Marr died on the 18th of April, 1879 and Freddie Marr died 10 days later. His brothers were buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
Dr. Marr attended school in Ridgetown, before attending medical school at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated M.B. in 1893. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Marr joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 30th of May, 1893. Dr. Marr did post graduate work in New York and Edinburgh, Scotland. He returned to Canada in 1899 and practiced medicine with his father in Ridgetown. Dr. Marr is listed in the 1900 Ontario Business Directory as practicing in Ridgetown.
Dr. Marr married Eunice Willard Little in Ridgetown on the 12th of August, 1899. She was born on the 19th of March, 1879 in Lucknow, Ontario. She was the youngest of 3 children born to William Uriss Little and the former Esther Melissa Treleaven. Her father was a merchant and her elder siblings were; John Franklin Little and Alice Augusta Little.
Dr. and Mrs. Marr had 3 children who were born in Ridgetown; Frances Alice Marr was born on the 23rd of August, 1900, Jean Treleaven Marr was born on the 26th of March 1904 and Charles Clark Marr was born on the 20th of February, 1910. Charles died of gastro enteritis on the 11th of September, 1913. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery.
The Marr family resided at 5 Main St. in Ridgetown. Mrs. Marr was a talented organist and choir leader. She was a member of the I.O.D.E.
From 1914 to 1918, Dr. Marr was a medical and recruiting officer in District One. After 1918 he was discharged with the rank of Captain from the 24th Kent Militia.
Dr. Marr was a founding member of the Ridgetown Rotary Club in 1930. He went on to be the District Governor of the 153rd District from 1940-1941. Dr. Marr was a skilled bowler and toured Europe on the Canadian Bowling Team in 1932 and 1936. He also enjoyed playing golf and tennis. Dr. Marr was an internationally recognized Dahlia grower. He was a judge at the New York Dahlia Show in 1939. Dr. Marr served on the Ridgetown Board of Education for the High School.
Dr. Marr died at his residence in Ridgetown on the 28th of December, 1946. His wife Eunice died at the Public General Hospital in Chatham on the 24th of April, 1960. At the time of her death Mrs. Marr resided in Ridgetown with her sister Alice Little. Dr. and Mrs. Marr were buried at Greenwood Cemetery.
*Dr. Marr’s father Dr. Francis Button Marr also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
**Mrs. Marr’s brother John Franklin Little served with the United States Military during WWI. He died on the 19th of June, 1933 and he was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.