From Kath Hughes on behalf of Malcolm Hughes, Chairman of FoBBS:

It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we have to announce the death of Paul Goff, on Monday November 10th following a severe stroke last week.. He will be very greatly missed by all in the bonsai world in the UK. Known most especially for his skill with photography and his ability to teach us all how to display our trees in the best possible way. He was a scroll painter, photographer, rock musician and bonsai artist. And at 62 was still a man young in heart ready to enjoy life to the full. His spirit of enjoyment and extensive knowledge will be missed by all who knew him

Our thoughts and wishes go out to his partner Vivienne as well as to his family and friends at this very sad time.

For those wishing to express their condolences, the e-mail address is:

For those who may wish to attend, Paul’s funeral will be at 3.30pm on Thursday November20th at Milton Malfor Crematorium, Northampton  and after to celebrate his life at 4.15pm at Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, Station Rd, Blisworth, NN7 3DS

Flowers will be from family only, donations will  be acceptable at Paul’s funeral made payable to  the Stroke Association or to The British Heart Foundation.


On behalf of all at British Shohin Bonsai and also at the former British Shohin Association, I would like to add that Paul and Vivienne were staunch supporters of the BSA and Paul’s fantastic scrolls were a regular feature at our shows. There have been many award winning exhibits in which one of Paul’s scrolls has formed an integral part of the design – my own included.  And of course Paul was instrumental in setting up the BSA Show book we produced a few years ago – a task we would not have achieved without his skill.   We will pass our condolences to Vivienne but nothing can possibly describe what she must be feeling right now. I hope there will be some event in the future to mark Paul’s immense contribution to bonsai in the UK.  For the moment, let us remember this bonsai “great” for his skills and also for his incredible personality and off the wall character.

Paul Goff

By fionnghal

6 comments on “PAUL GOFF

  1. Not only in the UK, Paul was known in Italy also and I have often collaborated with him for the display of my suiseki, enriched by his paintings. We mourn for the person and for the artist, and we are close to his family and his friends. Daniela


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