It is with great sadness that APPEC informs the membership of the passing of Bill Wightman on Tuesday, February 28 at the Picton Hospital. Many will remember the special dinner honouring Bill four years ago at The Grange. At that event Bill was honoured for all his efforts to stop industrial wind turbines from being built in Prince Edward County.
Bill’s efforts go back to 2001 when he led CREW (Citizens for Responsible Energy Production Through Wind) in its efforts to stop Vision Quest from building a wind factory in Hillier. When that project was defeated at Council he personally fought Vision Quests’ efforts to build the Royal Road Wind Project, Bill along with a number of other individuals took the Council approval to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) where he was eventually successful in over-turning the Project. Bill and his group were at the organizing meeting of APPEC in 2007 and he was a member of the original CCSAGE. Bill has actively supported CCSAGE, APPEC and all legal efforts to stop the ridiculous (to him) idea of industrial wind turbines in rural Ontario and above all in the County. He worked tirelessly in the fight and was a chief political advisor on the subject.
At the evening at The Grange in his honour Bill was awarded a lifetime membership in APPEC for his many years of active involvement. His strong presence will be missed greatly in the continuing fight ahead.
Our deepest condolences to Bill’s family.
We will advise about any memorial service when details are known.
The Times also has posted a tribute to Bill Wightman – click here to view.