John Bowes of RE/MAX Eastern celebrated his 93rd birthday earlier this month, marking the occasion with family and friends, while also celebrating another important milestone coming up at the end of June – retirement following an eventful, 70-year career in the real estate industry. It is believed that John is the longest-running real estate professional in Ontario.

Bowes first started his career in 1950, when he got his real estate license at the young age of 23. He began working in Toronto, managing Ridout Real Estate before eventually moving to Peterborough. It was in 1980 that he founded his own brokerage, RE/MAX Eastern. In 2013, RE/MAX Broker John Hope took over RE/MAX Eastern with Bowes staying on as a consultant.

Looking back on his 70 years as a Realtor, Bowes believes that this profession is all about building relationships with clients and being involved within the community.

“Real estate is a wonderful business, but isn’t a part-time career,” Bowes told The Peterborough Examiner in a recent interview. “You have to devote your time to it and to your clients, whether you’re representing buyers or sellers,” he said.

Bowes has served an admirable career, and we thank him for his dedication to the RE/MAX brand.

Congratulations, John Bowes!