The sun shone brightly on August 18, 2013 when Bill Lishman aka “Father Goose” flew his ultralight from the Pickering Lands to the farmland of Melancthon. He was joining a Food & Water First party to celebrate the defeat of the proposed Mega Quarry. Bill was a mere speck in the sky buzzing over the farmland, forests and rivers we had saved. As he approached a bumpy hayfield for his landing, we noticed he had painted our message on his wings. It was a total surprise and we were deeply touched.
Sadly, Bill Lishman died before New Year’s. While he was famous for using his ultralight to lead geese on a migration route, Bill was also an artist, visionary, activist, writer and environmentalist. We will never forget Bill, his flying machine and how he helped us soar that beautiful summer day.