As many of you know, we recently lost one of our community members, Jeff Goff. Jeff died in a snorkeling accident on March 13, 2020.
Jeff was a long time member of both the Perl 5 and Raku communities. On IRC, he was known as DrForr. He published [many modules on CPAN](https://metacpan.org/author/JGOFF) over the years, and recently had created [a number of Raku modules](https://modules.raku.org/search/?q=author%3A%22Jeffrey+Goff+%3Cdrforr%40pobox.com%3E%22). As a long time presenter at Perl, Raku, and other FOSS conferences, he provided both short sessions as well as longer classes on Raku. At The Perl Conference 2019 in Pittsburgh he was a keynote speaker.
Recently, Jeff published a series of articles for his blog on porting Perl 5 code to Raku. Fortunately [these are still available](https://web.archive.org/web/20200212094016/http://theperlfisher.com/) thanks to archive.org. We encourage you to check them out if you’re looking for some great Raku content.
Jeff touched many lives in the Perl community in a positive way. We invited those who knew him to share their memories with us:
Wendy van Dijk wrote [a memorial blog post about her years long friendship with Jeff](https://wendyga.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/jeff-goff-thanks-for-being-a-friend/).
Liz Mattijsen wrote [an obituary in the 2020.11 edition of Raku Weekly News](https://rakudoweekly.blog/2020/03/16/2020-11-farewell-good-friend/).
David Adler, who knew Jeff since the first YAPC, wrote [a memorial of his own](http://www.panix.com/~dha/test/DrForrObit.txt).
Curtis Poe, aka Ovid said:
> Jeff has been such a part of the Perl community for so many years that it's hard to accept that he's gone. His gentle, but brilliant humor will be missed. It's hard to believe that I'll never have another late-night pub conference adventure with him in a new country. Godspeed, Jeff.
Stuart J Mackintosh, TPF President, wrote of working with Jeff at FOSDEM:
> Jeff and I first got to know each other when he stepped in to help organise the Perl and Raku FOSDEM stand this year along with other community volunteers. On short notice Jeff jumped in to support the team with energy and without hesitation. It was a pleasure to work closely with Jeff - nothing was too much for him, missing his breaks when the stand was busy - he was instrumental in the success of the event.
> Following the event, Jeff had written up the lessons learned and how we could make things better for next time, thinking ahead and how he can make it easier for future organisers. I will remember Jeff as a generous and warm person, well liked by everyone. As well as being a loss to his family and friends, his passing is a sad loss for the Perl and Raku communities.
The Perl Foundation honors Jeff for his work on Perl 5 and Raku, his conference presentations, his blog posts, and most of all for being such a warm and welcoming member of our community.
Goodbye, Jeff, we will miss you.