John McMahon becomes emotional when talking about the honour of being named 2020 citizen of the year by the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said this week on a video call from Norview Lodge in Simcoe, where he now lives. “There’s gotta be better people than me.”
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McMahon lived in the same Delhi home for 82 years while he farmed tobacco and sold real estate in the off-season.
“I loved my farm,” he said. “It’s just fun to farm.”
He said he never noticed the long days in his 40 years of farming because he enjoyed being out in the fields.
His neighbours knew him as Mr. Fix-It. As a self-taught small engine mechanic, he often found himself repairing different pieces of equipment.
McMahon also spent time with the Royal Canadian Legion Delhi branch, where he served as sergeant-at-arms for years. He led marches and co-organized the Remembrance Day flyovers in both Delhi and Tillsonburg.