Gregory Thomas Goff

Published on Wed, Apr 16, 2014
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Gregory Thomas Goff, 67, died at home April 6, 2014. 

He is survived by his wife and partner in a marriage adventure of 44 years, Bette Jo Hay Goff, whom he met in the first grade. They were friends through school and later surprised each other by falling in love. 

Family members include his father, Murray Clark Goff and his mother, Kathryn (Spearin) Goff; sister Marsha (husband 
Charlie) Hawkins, brother Rod (wife Catherine) Goff, sister Rachel (husband Ken) Ely, his foster sister Theresa Corona; his brothers-in-law Bill (wife Charlotte) Hay, Don (wife Adria) Hay, James (wife Kitty) Hay; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews, all of whom enjoyed his hospitality at home and his companionship at family camp-outs and holiday parties.

Greg graduated from Blaine High School with the Class of ’64 and went on to WSU, Skagit Valley College, and Huxley College at WWU. He served overseas in the US Army in Korea. Part time work at Goff’s Department Store in Blaine, WA evolved into full time management of the family business where he was the third generation Goff to manage the store.

Greg was at home on the water. He and Jo owned and sailed two different Catalina sloops, “Solaris” and “Selena”, and experienced many good times, and some scary ones exploring the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Joining with family and friends for boating trips and onboard dinner parties on Drayton Harbor highlighted many summers. 

Some of his favorite pastimes were water skiing, fishing, clamming, crabbing, picnics, traveling, reading, camping, and playing games. He was a consummate storyteller who delighted in relating the absurdities he encountered in life. 

A gifted multi-talented fixer-upper, Greg enjoyed the time he spent maintaining their boats, antique cars, homes, and yards.

His was a life well lived, and many are those who are blessed by his example. With gratitude, we say, “well done, Greg.”

An open house gathering to swap stories and celebrate Greg’s life will be held at Semiahmoo Park Cannery Day Lodge, 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA on Sunday April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt, 456 C Street, Blaine, WA 98230 or a charity of choice.