James M. Cisar

James M. “Jim” Cisar, 62, passed away Aug. 3, 2019, surrounded by loved ones after a seven-year battle against cancer and the ravaging effects it had on his life.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Jim lived most of his life in Cuyahoga Falls, Wadsworth and briefly Seville. He was a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School and The University of Akron’s electrical engineering department. He retired from ViaSat Inc. and dedicated many years at Cisco Systems, Aironet and Telxon.

Jim was a loving husband, amazing father and papa, lifelong friend and revered director in his career. He accomplished many achievements in his life, including becoming an Eagle Scout and donating his time with the Boy Scouts of America. In 2003, Jim and Connie accomplished their lifelong goal of purchasing a cottage on a lake. Jim’s hobbies included fishing, boating, hiking, biking, running, reading and watching Bigfoot documentaries. He started his career by interning at the Department of Defense and worked for Systems Research Laboratories/Wright Patterson Airforce Base. His name was associated with over 20 patents held personally or jointly. Inventing many technologies in his career, including being the lead engineer on the team that developed WiFi as we know it today.

Bob Parker said, “Jim led the Cisco Systems hardware and ASIC groups through completion of world class wireless and WiFi Solutions. He was the best manager I’ve had in my career.”

Steve Cloud said, “ Jim led the hardware team that brought the initial 802.11 WiFi products to early adopters and businesses. Even today, you will find WiFi Access Points with features introduced by Jim and his team. Ubiquitous power over ethernet concepts and products came from Jim’s team. Jim was a mentor to all his teams, often considered the ‘Best Boss.’”

Chad Jones said, “Jim led the team from pre-standard wireless solutions in the .11b standards based solutions that we all now know as WiFi. And then he continued to lead through the improvements known as 11a, 11g and 11n.”

He is survived by his wife, the love of his life for 40 years, Constance Wagner Cisar; daughters, Janelle (Kristopher) Wertz and Kelly (BJ) Loucks; grandchildren, Kohyn and Kasen Wertz and Kyler Loucks; siblings, Patricia (Jerry) Nesbit, Thomas (Vicki) Cisar, Arlene (Daniel) Shaw; lifelong friend/brother, Ronald (Mary) Croft; and many beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Jim was proceeded in death by his parents, James and Barbara Cisar, and granddaughter, Evelyn Jae Loucks.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Manatoc Scout Camp at Manatoc Maintainance Fund, Great Trail Council, 4500 Hudson Drive, Stow, OH 44224.

Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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