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    Default Jim Gonia passed away last night.

    Long time professional dog trainer, Jim Gonia, passed away. Such a brief sentence tell of a person who was bigger than life in so many ways;the successes with the dogs he trained and competed with, the people who followed his training regime many,his and contribution to the field trial game was significant. I will leave it to others to write of the man, his life, the field trial game he had an influence in shaping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwood View Post
    Long time professional dog trainer, Jim Gonia, passed away. Such a brief sentence tell of a person who was bigger than life in so many ways;the successes with the dogs he trained and competed with, the people who followed his training regime many,his and contribution to the field trial game was significant. I will leave it to others to write of the man, his life, the field trial game he had an influence in shaping.
    Wow. Incredibly sad to hear this news. RIP to Jim Gonia.

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    My condolences to his friends and family, he will be greatly missed.
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    Dang, I trained with him when I lived in WA. He was a great trainer and always nice to a novice like me. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
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    Wow. Sad and shocked at this news. Didn't know him well but have talked to him a few times and he and wife Jackie were very nice people.

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    Jimmy was the son of legendary trainer Roy Gonia. I have known him for 40 of his 68 years and I always looked forward to interacting with him. His dogs were talented and almost always reflected his style. He had a great sense of humor and dry wit and never a shortage of a funny story or joke. To my knowledge he was in good health and passed peacefully in his sleep. He will leave a huge void in the retriever world and PNW in particular. My sincere condolences to his friends and family members.
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    I heard this yesterday. I was hoping it wasn’t true I’m still at a loss for words. Prayers for Jackie and family.

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    Wanted to thank those who've commented thus far with personal reflections on Mr. Gonia, especially Dr. EdA and Wayne. When another gentleman known here as "Buzz" passed away suddenly a couple weeks ago, one poster complained that s/he found rtf despicable because so few people came forward publicly lamenting Buzz' passing. I don't think that to have been the case, yet it has troubled me ever since I saw the charge. I never knew Buzz other than his online handle and the "word in the blind" that he had bred some terrific pups. The folks who knew him - and who knew Mr. Jimmy Gonia and (the great) Mr. A. Nelson Sills - are kindly filling in their personal reflections to help us get to know what a loss their deaths are to the retriever and FT ranks.

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    Jimmy was the son of legendary trainer Roy Gonia. I have known him for 40 of his 68 years andI always looked forward to interacting with him. His dogs were talented and almost always reflected his style. He had a great sense of humor and dry wit and never a shortage of a funny story or joke. To my knowledge he was in good health and passed peacefully in his sleep. He will leave a huge void in the retriever world and PNW in particular. My sincere condolences to his friends and family members.
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    I did not know Mr Gonia personally but I know many of his clients, contemporaries and associates. I also am very aware of the impact the Gonia family has had on the Field Trial game as we know it. All somebody has to do is look at that orange/clear whistle on your lanyard to see the Roy Gonia name.

    DrA hit the nail on the head when he said it will leave a huge void in the NW.

    My condolences to the Gonia family and all his personal friends and business associates and clients..

    Mr Gonia's accomplishments speak for themselves, he will be missed by the game itself along with the people who cared and loved him
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    Well that's just sad. What a shock. Condolences to his family, especially Jackie his wife.

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