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Clive Allen posted a condolence
Tuesday, March 5, 2019I had a professional relationship with Jim of close to 25 years as he provided guidance and direction with respect to intellectual property matters to me in my role as the chief legal officer of a major international corporation headquartered in Canada. Jim was an exceptional lawyer in his field, among the best, and perhaps the best, in Canada. But beyond that Jim was a warm and good-humoured person, always willing to assist in any way he could. I know Jim made a substantial contribution to his profession and to a large number of clients. But he also made a contribution on a personal level which made him not only a joy to work with, but a joy to be with. He will be missed.
Walter Ancuta posted a condolence
Thursday, February 28, 2019I would like to express my sincerest condolences on Jim's passing. I have a great memory of Jim as he was in his final year at UofT's Metallurgical Engineering and I was in my first year. I followed Jim into Osgoode Hall following my graduation and articled with the then George Riches and Son Law Firm in the IP practice. I had some contact with him when articling but went into general corporate practice after completing the articles practice. I moved to Montreal in 1970 and hadn't been in touch with Jim since then. I have good remembrances of our meetings in those days. I wish the family all the best and will continue my remembrances of Jim until it's my turn to depart. Wally Ancuta
David Aylen posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 26, 2019It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of James Kokonis Q.C. Jim was one of the great icons of the Canadian IP Bar. As a member of that generation of IP lawyers that followed next after his, I can safely say that everyone in my generation knew him. As he was always a tenacious and formidable advocate, we somewhat feared the day and the case where James and his Smart & Biggar team might be on the other side of a case; yet we learned from him at the same time. And if there was a big new IP case in town, James was sure to be on it because clients were drawn to his magnetic personality and his talent for getting the job done. Outside of the court room he was a consummate gentleman, kind and considerate. He was a leader, a thoughtful teacher and a mentor to all - he was everything a barrister should be. Thank you James, to you and to your generation, for showing us the way.
Gunars Gaikis posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 26, 2019I first met Jim in 1985 at the Chelsea Hotel on Gerrard St in Toronto. I was there to be interviewed for a job in the Toronto office of Smart & Biggar, which the partners wanted to expand. Jim hired me on the spot in the bar over a drink. Jim subsequently took me under his wing. He was a very generous and skilled mentor and shared with me a wealth of his legal and life experiences. He was kind enough to let me (try to) assist him on numerous litigation matters and to visit clients with him internationally. Jim was one of a kind. It was an honour and privilege for me to be able to work with and know Jim. I will be forever grateful to him. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Andrea, Rob and John and their families.
May Cheng posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 26, 2019Jim Kokonis was a lion of the IP bar - universally respected and admired. Behind the professional profile was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Family meant everything to him. My heartfelt condolences to the Kokonis family, and most especially Andrea, John and Rob.
Ron Dimock posted a condolence
Tuesday, February 26, 2019Jim was one of Canada’s top Intellectual Property lawyers and a leader in the profession for all the years I knew him. My first trial, as a no nothing junior, was against Jim in Xerox v IBM when he and Don Sim fought one of the great all time patent cases. My last case with Jim was as his co-counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada in GE v Whirlpool, one of Canada's seminal cases on patent law. Jim was a mentor to me and many others. He taught us to be fair and led by example as an honourable, trustworthy and admired advocate. That legacy will be long lasting for me and those in the profession who were fortunate to know him. Ron Dimock
Connie Kokonis posted a condolence
Monday, February 25, 2019My deepest sympathy to John, Rob, Andrea and their families at this time of loss. There will be a hugh void in your lives but cherish all the memories you have collected over the years. Thinking of all of you. Love and hugs Connie
Steve Nimmo posted a condolence
Monday, February 25, 2019Hi John, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember your Dad very well as such a kind person who always had time to talk with your friends and be genuinely interested in what we were doing at that time in our lives. I also have fond memories of going to your house or cottage at Grand Lake and feeling so welcomed because of both your Dad and Mum’s great personalities and the way they treated everyone. Please pass along my condolences to Rob and Andrea as well. Take Care, Steve
Donna and Fabiano Taucer posted a condolence
Monday, February 25, 2019Fabiano and I were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of our times with Jim and Helen while they were our neighbours on Grand lake. He was a brilliant man with a keen sense of humour. A wonderful storyteller and always entertaining, he was fiercely proud of his family. Our heartfelt condolences to John, Rob, Andrea and families.
Ernie Ling posted a condolence
Monday, February 25, 2019Hi John, so sorry for your loss. May your father rest in peace in the loving embrace of God. I lost my wife's grandmother a few years ago to Alzheimer and it was difficult for the family. But through the difficulty, only wonderful feelings and memories of her life come rushing back at times like this. I wish you the same. Keep well and take time to remember. Ernie
Robert Mitchell posted a condolence
Monday, February 25, 2019I knew Jim as a colleague in the intellectual property field. I have fond memories of social encounters with Jim at meetings of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC, formerly PTIC when Jim and I were succeeding presidents). He was always an impressive debater whether he was in court or over a glass of wine. He was a pillar of the profession. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family.
Mark Harris posted a condolence
Monday, February 25, 2019John, so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very special person in so many ways. My heart goes out to you, Shanna, Samantha and Julia.
Nadia Strathdee posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019The Class of 5T5 Metallurgical Engineering was a unique group. All seven of them, with their original wives, held reunions every five years. Sadly, three of them passed away recently. Jim will always be remembered for his pleasant company. He and Helen were a wonderful couple. With sympathy, Nadia Strathdee
Roberta Bergman posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019On behalf of my late father, Roland Bergman (another member of the class of 5T5 Metallurgical Engineering), I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Jim's family.
Lynne Bezanson and Alan Landsberg posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019Among many memories of Helen and Jim at Grand Lake, one of our dearest is planning the celebration of the new millennium. Among our responsibilities was the breakfast—pancakes and hashbrowns for multitudes—on 2 massive BBQs that only partially worked. Keeping the ravenous smiling as they waited and waited and waited was no mean feat but we managed it with Jim’s buoyant nature, twinkle in his eye and wonderful humour. He was a joy to partner with and he will be hugely missed. Our sympathies to the family on the loss of an exceptional man. Lynne and Alan
Don and Janice Poole posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019We were saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Certainly once he and Helen moved from Grand Lake, we missed this couple who were great friends of many. Jim was always ready to participate in the activities around the lake and played an important role as a President of the Lake Association and a valued member of the board. He was an affable, dedicated, and fun-loving person whose advice and counsel was always appreciated. He will be missed. We extend our condolences to the family during their time of loss.
Christopher P "Kit" Robinson posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019Jim, to me will forever be remembered as the ultimate warm gentle man & who as well was greatly admired by my late father. He will be fondly remembered as a treasured friend & confident to so many. May you rest in peace Dear Jim. Kit
Emanuel & Ludeth-Maria Garcia posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019John & Shanna, Please accept our most sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless. The Garcia Family
Tim Reich posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019Well Rob, just wanted to say that your dad may not have been able to show it over the last couple of years it but there is no doubt he benefitted from having you, Andrea and John there to comfort him during his rough patches. It could not have been easy on you but you can all be proud of that. I always enjoyed Jim's banter on the occasions that I saw him over the years, which go back to the late 70s in the Arlington house. He always made some time for me. My sincerest condolences.
Fred & Jean Muggleton posted a condolence
Sunday, February 24, 2019We are feeling very nostalgic and just hearing about Jim brings back a flood of warm memories. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Sheldon Wiseman posted a condolence
Saturday, February 23, 2019Andrea, I admired and respected your father and extend heartfelt condolences to you and your family on his passing. Sheldon Wiseman
Brian and Glennis Reynolds posted a condolence
Saturday, February 23, 2019May you rest in peace Jim , my friend. It was a great pleasure to work with you and enjoy life with you on Grand Lake. We are so happy to have been associated with you. So long , for now !
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Friday, February 22, 2019