2018 Community Appreciation Award
This year the Comber Agricultural Society is proud to salute Doctor Ray Anderson for dedicating his entire life to helping not only those who were and are on his patient list but, also the members of this community.
His lifetime of devotion to his patients is evident by the fact that during most of his career Doctor Anderson cared for an average of 6,000 patients. Even when some patients moved away they still drove back to Comber to see Doctor Anderson for their medical needs. He made himself available 24/7 and continues to this day to make house calls for seniors who wish to stay in their homes for as long as they can.
This level of commitment earned him the total respect of our community and made him and his partner, his very supportive wife, Sue, part of the Comber family.
The Comber Agricultural Society recognizes the importance of having a good physician who was willing to give up living in an urban area to service a rural community. After their arrival, Doctor Anderson and his wife, Sue, soon realized the advantages of country living and took up residence outside of Comber where they raised two children, Ryan and Lindsay.
A short history recap shows this community’s determination to have a good doctor. Back in the early ‘70’s, Tilbury West Council and the Police Village of Comber made a joint effort to obtain a community physician. They even went so far as to renovate the old municipal building on Main t into a doctor’s office. The jail cells are still in the basement! However, it still took over 6 months to get a lead on a newly graduated doctor. They persuaded Doctor Anderson and his wife Sue to come to Comber to decide if they liked the “new” facility and to experience the community support.
They came and were impressed enough to give the challenging rural general practice a try. That was 43 years ago. In that time Doctor Anderson has served many generations of the same family. He has been greatly aided by his wife Sue who has worked as his partner.
Each year the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario look at ALL the physicians across Ontario and present four Council Awards. This year after reviewing submissions from across the province they chose Doctor Anderson as one of the recipients. That means Comber has one of the top four physicians in Ontario!
The Comber Agricultural Society cannot stress enough the importance of dedicated rural doctors to maintain our rural lifestyle.