Koi Great Ed Fujimoto Passes Away

Ed was well-known in the koi hobby. He started KOI USA and was an integral part of koi. He passed away one day before his 86th birthday, on March 21. Per his request there was no funeral or services. His wife Ann said, “when she dies, their ashes will be mingled and sprinkled into the Bay.”

Ed received the Associated Koi Clubs of America (AKCA) Lifetime Achievement Award just last year during the AKCA seminar in Nashville. He was also honored at the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association’s (PNKCA) 25th Anniversary Convention. The photo was taken at that event; Ed is seated in the wheelchair.

Here are just a few of the things Ed did:

Founded the Associated Koi Clubs of America (AKCA), First Chairman

Responsible for the creation of KOI USA Magazine, served as Founder, Publisher, Editor and Writer

Original Member and co-founder of SoCal ZNA

Co-founded the Nishiki Koi Club directed the production of the first Nishiki Show

Founded the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs of America (PNKCA), First Chairman

Founded the Puget Sound Koi Club

Founded the Olympic Koi and Goldfish Club

Founded the Klahanie Koi Club

First recipient of the Bronze Koi, PNKCA’s highest award

Belongs to three clubs: Puget Sound Koi Club, Olympic Koi and Goldfish Club, and Washington Koi and Water Garden Society

Judge for Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club and Canada Koi Club shows

He will be missed. Thank you Ed and his wife Ann for all they have done for the koi hobby.

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