Councillor Hinton began his career at the age of 18, becoming one of the youngest retailers of Texaco Canada by purchasing the station where he had worked since he was 13 years of age. He began a partnership with one of his co-workers, Steve, who was a mechanic by trade. Since that time Richard successfully partnered in six businesses, all relating to the retail gas and service industry.
In 2002, he began the Esso Dealer Owners Group to give a stronger voice to gas station owners. Recognizing the potential of the organization to contribute to the community, he became co-chair of Rebecca’s Run, raising desperately needed funds for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Working with and on behalf of a family from the community where Richard’s gas station was located near Campbellville, Ontario, Esso’s annual Rebecca’s Run raised over $150,000 from 2004-2007 by organizing donations through independent gas station dealers in Ontario.
Richard and his wife Cathy, purchased a cottage on Cawaja Beach in Tiny Township in 1999, where they spent all of their spare time, and in 2013, Richard purchased, renovated, and opened the Cawaja Pines General Store, which had been closed and vacant for the previous 7 years. Richard and his wife Cathy really enjoyed connecting with the neighbourhood, and the many visitors to the Tiny community. The Hinton family has found it very gratifying to have been able to provide this type of service to so many appreciative folks who have thanked them over and over for reviving and bringing life back to the local community by providing a fun and welcoming gathering place.
In 2014, Richard was elected Councillor in the Township of Tiny. During the period 2014-2018, he dedicated his life to the people of Tiny and took all of their issues to heart, becoming good, close friends with many of Tiny’s permanent residents and cottagers who asked for his help or advice . Richard had always wanted to serve in some form of public office and we are so happy and proud that he was able to make that a reality in beautiful Tiny Township.
“It is in thankfulness for Richard’s life and in recognition of his dedication, commitment and love for personal service to all Tiny residents that we are pleased to establish the “Councillor Richard Hinton Memorial Fund” for the purpose of providing an annual scholarship/bursary to deserving permanent resident of Tiny Township young people who are enrolled in post secondary education programmes.” Cathy, Brittany and Zack Hinton