Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton was a Canadian icon. One part NHL defenceman, another part entrepreneur and co-founder of one of the most popular coffee chains, named after him of course — Horton has been synonymous with Canadians for more than 50 years.
But a photo of a young Tim Horton being shared across social media will have you thinking about something more than a double double. For one, Timmy’s got abs.
@NHLhistorygirl tweeted this vintage snap of a shirtless Horton (right) posing with his dog Sandy and his father Oakly. It was 1946 and Horton’s family had just moved from his hometown of Cochrane, Ont., to Sudbury, Ont.
Tim Horton and the family dog o.0 pic.twitter.com/gDFZtohkE7
— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) September 14, 2017
Social media couldn’t help but notice how fit Horton looked — with those abs — was this man truly responsible for our country’s most popular sweet fried confectionery?
Here are some of our favourite reactions to Tim Horton’s hotness:
I'd drink his coffee and eat his donuts any day.
— business s pumpkins (@businesssocks) September 14, 2017
I didn't know Tim Horton sold beefcake as well!
— Dallas Ross Hicks (@drhicks76) September 14, 2017
Timmy was ripped !!
— Timothy Dyck (@timothydyck) September 14, 2017
— Mike (@spaceman944) September 14, 2017
I am SHOOK!
— Potus Haiku (@PotusHaikus) September 14, 2017
In 1964, 18 years after the above-mentioned shirtless pic, Horton co-founded the first Tim Hortons coffee and donut shop in Hamilton, Ont. Apple fritters and dutchies were among the original donuts offered, and they sold for about 10 cents a piece.
In 1967, Horton partnered with Ron Joyce, who took control of business operations after Horton passed away in 1974. The Timbit wasn’t introduced until 1976.
A little something to think about the next time you order a medium double double.