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James Paul Kisicki

Chesterland, Ohio

Apr 14, 1938 – Nov 27, 2017 (Age 79)


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Gattozzi & Son Funeral Home Obituary

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...

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"My wife and I met Mr. Kisicki at the Shawshank Redemption 25th anniversary weekend at the bank where he portrayed the manager. He was very easy to talk to and seemed very genuine. Later, I personally took some of the Shawshank Redemption stones that were used in the wall during the film to his home in Chesterland. He said he wanted to make some bookends from them. I would like to see them if he did in fact complete the book ends. Both he and his wife were very gracious to both of...

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I did not hear about it until today and I am deeply saddened. I worked with Jim in audio recording sessions for 40 years here in Cleveland. He was one of my favorite people and I will always remember him with affection and kindness.

Working with Jim was always a pleasure _ and an honor. He gave life to copy others might have just breezed through. To this day I cherish the memory of my exhilaration during a recording session when he told me, "That was a good direction." This from one of the finest and most accomplished actors I have ever known! But it was his genuine goodness that I'll remember most. Jim seemed to be a man who was truly close to God.

Dear Debby,
You lost a Giant.
We loved and cherished you both.
Joe Garry
Ditto from..David from afar

Mrs. Kisicki and family,
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

Jim was a rara avis. A compassionate, strong, gentleman..."Take him for all in all, he was a man. I shall not look upon his like again... Flights of angels, sing thee to thy rest!"

Deb, I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing and my thoughts were of you and the girls. He was certainly well loved by many and will be missed by many. I loved running into him, he always made my day brighter..even when it might have been a horrible day. The two of you were a beautiful couple and your girls reflected the love within your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim was always the "ultimate" actor. His performances in The Shadow Box, Gemini, Forum and The Immigrant (among many others) are forever seared in to my mind. He was such a lovely human being, and always had a kind word to say. I will miss him great ly. My condolences to his family. RIP, Jim, we will never forget you.

Jim was the ultimate in talent across such a broad spectrum of performances. He and I worked together for decades with him as an on-camera actor, voice- over actor & announcer and as a book editor. This is a sad day-he will never be replaced.