Paolo Becker

We have just learned of the passing of Paolo Becker. Both Russ and I have spent time with Paolo over the years, he was a fixture at many pipe shows and was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I remember having many nice conversations with Paolo during the Chicago pipe shows we both attended. Years ago we would get up early on Friday morning to get in line and register for a table at the pre-show. We would always be close in line and spend time chatting. The line started at 5:30am and the entire time Paolo would be puffing on some variation of a pencil shanked pipe. He was a humble man and one the most talented pipe makers in the world. He was always pushing forward in his designs and was never content to just make pipes. RIP