After more than 40 years of service, CBC Windsor's long time reporter Gino Conte is retiring.
During Monday's city council session, Mayor Eddie Francis presented the municipal affairs reporter with a key to the city.
"He's been the voice of what I would describe as reason. He's always been fair, and he's always been responsible in ensuring that the listeners at home got the unbiased version," Francis said.
Coun. Fulvio Valentinis credited Conte with mentoring young reporters, instead of just getting "the scoop" on a story, while Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac said his stories were always about "the people."
She offered to be the first to buy Conte's book, should he ever write one.
Conte started as "a kid from Essex County" in Dryden, Ont., where, for a brief time, he was a DJ spinning tunes "for teenie boppers."
During his years of service, Conte covered seven Windsor mayors, as well as politics across the county.
In an emotional speech, Conte said to Windsor's city council, "I'm leaving home," referencing council chambers.
Conte's last day on the job will be Wednesday.
"When I started in this business, my goal was to make sure I was honest, fair, trustworthy and that I developed a trust with the people. I believe I've done that," Conte said. "I hope in my retirement that people come forth and say the same."
When news of Conte's retirement hit the internet, tweets came flowing into CBC Windsor from a variety of people and organizations. Here's a sampling.
@CBCWindsor Sending Gino Conte our very best wishes for a wonderful retirement. He covered the meetings to form Authority 41 years ago.— Essex Region CA (@essexregionca) April 28, 2014
@CBCWindsor ,remember my first county council meeting, introduced to Gino, given words of wisdom, never forgot, thanks and good luck Gino— Bill Chapman (@chappy6721) April 28, 2014