An Airman's Grace

By Father John W. MacGillivray (deceased)

Lord of thunderhead and sky
You placed in us the will to fly,
You taught our hand speed, skill and grace
To soar beyond our dwelling place.

You shared with us the eagle's view,
The right to soar as eagle's do,
The right to call the clouds our home,
And grateful, through your heavens roam.

May we assembled here tonight,
And all who love the thrill of flight,
Recall with twofold gratitude,
Your gift of wings, your gift of food.



Father John was a COPA member and pilot. He owned four aircraft during his lifetime, a De Havilland Tiger Moth which he donated to the EAA and is now in the Museum in Oshkosh; a Miles Hawk M2W; a De Havilland Puss Moth which was restored as a replica of CF-PEI an aircraft flown by one of Canada's female aviation pioneers, Louise Jenkins, and is now in our National Aviation Museum in Ottawa; and a Taylorcraft BC12D. Father John was a native of Nova Scotia and lived there in Antigonish during his retirement until his death in February, 1995.