John Gainor was born in Ottawa on July 25, 1962. He spent his youth on the family farm in southern Ontario. After graduating high school, he attended York University and at the same time joined the Canadian Army Reserve. John obtained his B.A. and completed the licensing required to become a stock broker
After working in Toronto and New York City, John returned to Toronto to get married. By 1998 he and his wife Patricia decided that Erin would be the ideal place to purchase a property and start a family. They settled on a 200-acre farm in Hillsburgh and called it Fairhaven Farm. Over the past 20 years they have grown hay, raised chickens and beef cattle and kept horses using organic and traditional farming methods.
For much of that time, they both worked off-farm as well. John became an entrepreneur, opening a small restaurant in Toronto and also setting up a manufacturing business.
John has had a lifelong interest in ancient coins, antiquities and fossils. He has been published many times in numismatic periodicals and is considered an expert in Roman antiquities. He still provides appraisals & consulting for retailers, estates and museums.
Currently, the Gainor family are full-time beekeepers with hives in several locations. Many area residents will have met them and their children Jason & Hannah at local farmers’ markets, the Erin Fall Fair or other events. They have recently partnered with a Chinese manufacturer and importer to distribute beekeeping equipment across Canada.
Service to Community
John Gainor is currently a member of the Erin Heritage Committee. He has also:
Served on the Economic Development Committee (his wife was an original member of the first Economic Development Committee of Erin).
Served as governor of the Erin Hillsburgh Figure Skating Club
Participated on the Parent-Teacher Committee at Ross R. Mackay Public School
Was a founding member of the East Wellington Chamber of Commerce (wife Patricia is a current board member)
Is a Platinum supporter of the Erin Fall Fair and Agricultural Society. Sponsors the award for “Best Bull in Show” at the Fair