James Frank Richardson 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1936 to 1981
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. James Frank Richardson was born at the home of his parents on Canal Street in Tilbury, Ontario on the 3rd of March, 1911. Dr. Richardson was the 2nd of 3 children born to Edgar Bruce Richardson and the former Minnie Olga Bartley.   His father was a merchant in Tilbury and his siblings were; Catharine Elizabeth Richardson who was born on the 3rd of July, 1909 and John Norman Richardson who was born on the 22 of November, 1916.  Dr. Richardson’s father died of pneumonia on the 24th of October, 1919 when Dr. Richardson was only 7 years old.  He attended public school in Tilbury and Chatham Collegiate Institute High School.

Dr. Richardson graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1935. He interned at Victoria Hospital in London and Hotel Dieu Hospital in Windsor.  In 1939, Dr. Richardson set up his medical office in his mother’s home on Canal Street in Tilbury.

Dr. Richardson, served for 3 ½ years with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp during World War II.  His brother John was killed in action during WWII on the 20th of October, 1944.  John Norman Richardson was a flying officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force and he was killed in a mid-air collision during a training exercise near Brighton, Nova Scotia.  His brother was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery near Tilbury.

Ater the war, Dr. Richardson returned to his medical practice in Tilbury in 1947.  He was fondly known as “Dr. Jim” to his patients.

Dr. Richardson enjoyed playing golf and he was a member at Maple City Country Club in Chatham.  Dr. Richardson retired from the practice of medicine in November of 1981.  Upon his retirement he told a reporter, “I delivered babies for babies I delivered before”.

Dr. Richardson died at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on the 9th of December, 1999.   He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery near Tilbury.

*Dr. Richardson and his brother John Richardson are both featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.