Saturday, December 2, 2017

RIP James Kisicki

News Herald
December 3, 2017

James P. Kisicki, age 79, died peacefully on November 27, 2017 at Hospice of the Western Reserve. He was born on April 14, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Jeanette and Aloysius Kisicki. Jim lived in the Cleveland area since 1977 beginning his acting career as a resident member of the acting company of Cleveland Playhouse. He was an actor, voice talent, appeared in numerous radio and television commercials and movies. One of Jim's favorite movie roles was the bank manager in Shawshank Redemption. Go to for a complete listing of all of Jim's movies.

Jim loved reading, history, and the English language, and sharing his wealth of knowledge with family and friends. He loved acting and film and was able to enjoy a lifelong career doing what he loved whether it was on stage, behind a microphone, or on a movie set. Jim spent much of his life being a teacher and mentor to many, and took great pride fostering his students to truly love and respect the fine arts. Jim had the ability to make anyone laugh with a story or joke, and could always bring a calming presence to those in need of comfort. He stayed involved within the Chesterland community – hosting events and volunteering with the Rotary Club of Chesterland, directing with the West Geauga drama program, to serving the Lord in many ways at St. Anselm Church. Above all, Jim loved his family and would encourage everyone to live every day to the fullest.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 40 years, Deborah A. (Smith) Kisicki, devoted daughters, Katherine and Rebecca Kisicki, adorable granddaughter Matilda Jane, loving sister, Mary Kisicki, beloved aunt, Carolyn May, dear brother-in-law to Becky Smith, Jeff & Debbie Smith, Greg & Sue Smith, Kent & Stacie Smith, Susanna Smith (deceased) and caring uncle to many cherished nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11am at Saint Anselm Catholic Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026. (Please Meet At Church)

Family will receive friends to celebrate the life of Jim at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026 on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 3 to 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jim to Saint Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119. Online tribute video and condolences at

Born: 4/14/1938, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 11/27/2017, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

James Kisicki’s western – actor:

Centennial (TV) – 1978 (Reverend Fenstermacher)

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