Despite the wilderness respite, he knew there was much work to be done.
When we finished our walk, our talk, we went in different directions. And that is what life is about, doing good work in whatever direction one chooses. I beamed when I heard Tooker speak live on radio from the bosom of Ralph Klein’s vault.
I cannot accept that Tooker took his life. No. He shared his life for the betterment of all.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 3:40 pm Post subject: Tooker's inspiration will live on! Reply with quote
Tooker was everything any activist could ever hope to be. He stood up for what he believed in and was unwavering even in the face of police and possible detention or jail time. On so many occasions when most of us would leave an action in the face of authorities, Tooker would stand his ground and inspire almost everyone around him. His dedication, his immense love for this planet and everyones well being on it and his enormous presence will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him and by mother earth herself.
It is truly a sad day for the world and all its inhabitants and my deepest regards go out to everyone who mourns the lost of one of the most dedicated activists I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. His inspiration will live on through our stories of him and he will continue to inspire me to push on in the overwhelming face of the adversity that is life.
I think we should all try to plan some proactive and fun street theatre in the memory of Tooker! It would be fun to tape such actions and put together a short film about street theatre and dedicate it to Tooker!
In unison for the earth,
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2004 4:07 pm Post subject: To Tooker, To Twoker Reply with quote
I went to the memorial in Riverdale Hall this Monday.
It was so beautiful, so great, so simple, so powerful!
I'm still in awe at just how great a man Tooker was.
Hearing people tell their Tooker stories & memories was
like seeing the tip I knew grow into the immensity of
an iceberg lifting out of the sea.
I'm psyching myself up, and figuring out how to answer
the call to carry forth Tooker's spirit and creativity.
I've been emotionally disfunctional for quite a while,
so my responses and reactions are often off the mark,
but FWIW, maybe, especially to someone in similar shoes,
my current rationalization:
- Eternal hope and optimism without a healthy dose
of protective cynicism and anger is unsustainable.
that will be a very good thing.
- To Tooker, Thanks!
To Twoker, Be strong, take your time, but don't dawdle, eh!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2004 2:00 pm Post subject: inspired to act Reply with quote
In the fall of 2000 is when I met Tooker, when he was running for mayor of toronto and protesting the Adams Mine waste proposal. His energy was contagious and inspirational. i sat beside him in City hall holding up protest signs and handed out Gomberg for mayor flyers.
It was his energy that inspired me to run in the federal election that ran at the same time. He made an activist and politician out of me.
I moved to halifax in August to go to school and ran into Tooker downtown. He was on his bike at the corner of Blowers and Barrington. I saw him and said "Hey, are you Tooker Gomberg?" He smiled and responded yes. I said that I'm from Toronto and helped hand out flyers for him during the election. I think it was his 1st day in Halifax, cause he asked me where the Ecology Action Centre was, (where Angela works). I took him to the centre, enjoying our conversation on the way there. When we got there he suggested I come sit in on a meeting, and so I did.
I ran into him once again at the market in halifax and often saw he and Angela biking around, including many times on the MacDonald Bridge, which i pass everyday. It was unbeleivable to me when I heard of his death. His energy will continue across this country in the many people he has influenced.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2004 12:41 pm Post subject: Bicycle bell farewell for respected activist Reply with quote
Bicycle bell farewell for respected activist
The Edmonton Journal
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
photo captions & credits:
CREDIT: Larry Wong, The Journal
Angela Bischoff rings a bicycle bell at a memorial for her husband Tooker Gomberg who went missing last week in Halifax. The bell is from their wedding.
WE ARE ONE
The song is available for free download on my website to all who would like to hear it. My deepest condolences to Angela and to family and friends who knew Tooker Gomberg intimately. I met the man once, I believe, and his life mattered to me.
L o r e l e i L o v e r i d g e
O r d e r l y B a z a a r R e c o r d s & P u b l i s h i n g
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 3:37 pm Post subject: Prose my friend Barnett wrote in ode to Tooker Reply with quote
this communication arose from a series of discussions i had with rusl
and jane(Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show***) last week.
i've taken the liberty of editing for redundancy and personal references.
i decided to"come out" in honor of a man that lived the spirit.
Barnett (email@example.com )
i am a peace soldier.
i've dedicated my life,my heart,and my honor to the
proposition that all humans are created equal.
indeed, all that lives.
our guiding principal is what would the heart do in any situation.our
harshest weapons are our minds,and in many cases a big mouth!the only lines of authority in the peace army are the lines of respect.any officers which exist in the p.a.[and there's debate over that point]are "appointed" by those who would be lead.
while itS neither necessary,nor according to
some even desirable to do so,some of us occasionally place ourselves at
personal risk while"on maneuvers".
our roles in the p.a. are self-chosen.
our missions are always and only voluntary.not to say that some might exert considerable moral pressure on another to gain consent for one thing or another.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 9:56 am Post subject: thanks Lorelei Reply with quote
Reading your letter made me reflect about those times in Edmonton and the huge web of people who were connected through women's issues, peace stuff, arts and music and local environmental concerns. I knew Tooker from the early 80's. I have strong memories of participating in mass bike rides, wearing his tie-t-shirts as part of his campaign, meeting to discuss sewage sludge/compost alternatives....
I really appreciated your sharing of the song...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 5:13 pm Post subject: Thanks for sharing what has come up for you. Reply with quote
I appreciate that. In fact, I've never met you -- not that I am aware of. But how many times have I heard your name in conversations with friends, because of the work you did/do? Many. It's been an interesting week, reflecting on choices and how they can result in the taking for granted of certain things, the letting go of others, the valuing of still others.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:33 pm Post subject: so long, tooker Reply with quote
This is Peter Benner from Morninglory Farm. I had the honour of living and working with Tooker here at Morninglory Farm in Killaloe last summer and fall. I believe they really benefited from being able to live fully off the grid and experience the lifestyle they had been teaching for so long!
He and Angela Bischoff were a joy and inspiration to our little community and it was lovely to see them experience the off-grid lifestyle they had been preaching about for so long.
Tooker was often irreverent and outrageous in his style, but it was a fun approach to activism that will always inspire and guide me in my drive towards sustainability and communicating that message to others.
I will continue to remember and be guided by Tooker and his irreverent, fun approach to sustainability. Cheers to you, Tooker!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2004 9:07 am Post subject: Tooker Gomberg Reply with quote
Rick Reimer writing from Killaloe Ontario.
I didn't know Tooker for long, but was impressed by his commitment and tenacity. At a social justice workshop last year at the Killaloe Fair, Tooker admonished that we all must be prepared to go to jail now and again (as Thoreau and Gomberg did) to stand up for our rights. Bless you, Tooker and bless you also, Angela.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:14 am Post subject: inspired by tooker in halifax Reply with quote
Tooker in Halifax
I remember learning that Tooker and Angela were moving to Halifax, and feeling such hope for what lay ahead. In the months that he was here, Tooker continued his activism, his brilliant way of challenging people and society into thinking and maybe, just maybe assuming some of the responsibility that he took on, to change the world. While it was clear that he was struggling with depression, he never ceased to be an inspiration or offer up new and creative ideas.
His death brings home, all too poignantly, the importance of support and reaching out - when we are all busy with protests, policy comments, public meetings, bike rides, letter writing, whatever vehicle each of us has chosen to effect social change.
I think that many of us in Halifax are still in shock. It is wonderful to read the tributes and thoughts from across the country and get to know more about Tookers past. It is hard to believe that he is gone. That I won't see him riding along with Angela, or run into him in the offices of the Ecology Action Centre. But his spirit lives on, and his commitment will not be forgotten.