Since Princess Auto arrived in Windsor in 2006, Guests have sought the advice from
the friendly go-to guy known as "Farmer John". Nicknamed because of his start in the
Farm section, John is well known for his product knowledge.
When John's 5-year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1980, John took her to
Toronto for treatment. On Canada Day in 1982, John was awarded the "Ontario Medal for Good
Citizenship" (O.M.C.) for helping to bring the first Ronald McDonald House (RMH) to Canada. For
three weeks he stayed in a nearby boarding house, and saw many children by themselves because
their parents couldn't afford to stay. At the time, McDonald's had committed $400,000 toward a
building that needed $1.2 million of renovations, but the public had to come up with the
To help raise funds, John started selling one-dollar buttons, and got his Optimist Club
involved. That led John to speaking engagements at other clubs, Legions, and to a front-page
story in the Windsor Star. He then addressed the Kinsmen National Convention, which raised an
extra $100,000. In the end, his efforts helped raise enough funds to cover the remaining
A year later, with his daughter's Leukemia in remission, the first official RMH in Canada
opened in Toronto in 1981. John's groundwork has helped countless families since.