February 4, 1936 – September 22, 2016
Bill Goff passed away at his home in Blaine, WA. He was born in Bellingham to Clark and Margaret Goff of Blaine. He is survived by his wife, Marcia and his son Clark (Kyla), and brothers Thomas and Murray (Kathryn). He is preceded in death by his sister Lois. Other survivors include step-children Rebecka Fowler, Rachell Huerta, Rose Fowler (Mario Trujillo), Retha Montoya, Robin Murphy (Benjamin), and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In his youth, Bill attended Baine schools, graduating in 1954. He went to Everett Community College and then jointed the US Air Force where he was an MP stationed in Morocco. In the 60’s he was a Blaine Police officer and later had a career at Intalco as foreman of the cast house. After retirement from Intalco, his businesses included BGNW (smoked salmon and artisan cheese distribution), and Border Brew coffee shop.
As part of the Blaine community, Bill was a volunteer fireman for many years, city council person, Senior Center member, Northwest Steam Society member and district fire commissioner. As a yacht club officer, he was instrumental in bringing covered moorage to Blaine harbor.
Though infamous for his brusque manner, Bill’s big heart and talents were awesome. There were few mechanical, electrical or technological challenges that he was not able to meet, including helping to restore pipe organs, building a set of oxygen tank wind chimes, and repairing all manner of engines/motors for friends and family.
Life was, “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead,” and he displayed this with his passion for marathon bridge games, devotion to Great Danes, water skiing, boating and fishing, love of model trains and airplanes, hours of reading, delight in firing his cannons and fondness for anything that flamed or went boom. A celebration of life will be held in memorial on October 15, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Semiahmoo Park, Cannery Lodge, 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine. Memorials can be made to the Bellingham Alzheimer’s Society, 1301 Fraser St., Suite A-1, Bellingham, WA 98229.