James Ayers

james ayers

May 23, 1962 ~ July 29, 2018

Ayers, James, age 56, of Englewood Cliffs, on Sunday July 29, 2018. Visiting Wednesday 4 – 7:30 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. Prayer service Wednesday 7:30 pm in the funeral home. A private cremation will follow.


Funeral Service: August 1, 2018 7:30 am

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: August 1, 2018 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Rosedale Crematory
408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

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  1. What a terrible loss. I’ll never forget the collaboration and partnerships working through customer solutions. Jim tackled complicated client challenges and made it look easy. He worked hard and occasionally played hard…he was truly “one of a kind”!

  2. Ayers Family: Terribly sorry for your loss. I loved working with Jim, he was funny and opinionated and negative and optimistic – all in the same sentence! I always looked forward to our conversations. We had a lot of fun together and I am privileged to have known him. All the Best.

  3. I am proud to call Jim my friend and was lucky to know him both professionally and personally. He was a great ally in our business relationships and represented his company and colleagues to the highest standard. Jim demonstrated conspicuous intellect, a sense of humor, common sense, decency, and a remarkable variety of talents every day. He was a devoted father and his children always figured prominently in our conversations. His passing creates and immense hole in the lives of everyone who knew him. Jim, thank you for your friendship and good humor. You are dearly missed.

  4. I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Working with him over the years was always a pleasure. He will be missed terribly. Prayers for your family!

  5. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort through the loving and happy memories of your dear loved one, James. May you also look to our loving Heavenly Father, the GOD of all comfort, to provide what you need at this very sad time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4, Psalms 83:18). He promises us that very soon, "He will wipe every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3,4, Isaiah 33:24. He also promises us that there will be a resurrection of our loved ones that we have lost in death, and they will have the opportunity to live forever in perfect health in Paradise right here on earth. (John 5:28,29, Psalms 37:10,11). What wonderful promises! Can you imagine a time on earth when there will be no more sickness, pain or death? May all of God's promises give you a measure of comfort, peace, hope and strength. I have personally found very comforting information on jw.org.

  6. My heart is overwhelmed by this tragic news. Our love and prayers go out to the family. My God bless and keep you all.

  7. Tina, Melissa and family,
    My heart is broken today and I pray you find the strength to persevere through this difficult time.


  8. There are no words other than sending virtual hugs to Ivette, Diana, Ryan and the rest of the Ayers/Lan families. Jim was a caring person, husband, father and friend. Hoping that memories of Jim will continue to keep him alive in your hearts. Peace.

  9. Jim’s path and mine didn’t always cross when each of us were in the office. But when it did, it always made me perk up, say hello, and pigeonhole him for a conversation that was always compelling. You were a friend, Jim Ayers, and will be missed by me and all your colleagues at Cisco.

  10. Please accept my condolences on the passing of Jim. It is an honor to have worked so closely with such a great person, and I will truly miss him.

  11. I had the honor of working with Jim Ayers at Cisco New York. I am sorry, I am on travel and will not be able to pay my respects this evening. I will have Jim and his family in my prayers. Jim, made us all better by making sure we discussed what was important. He helped me embrace a “no short cuts” leadership style that he practiced always. His intelligence, focus on the team and respect for the customer helped us create an important culture at Cisco. I always enjoyed time with Jim because through our engagements and conversations, I always learned something new, often about myself. I am saddened by this news but know that Jim Ayers will always be nudging all of us to do better. RIP, my friend.

  12. Jim was good friend who I had the absolute pleasure to work with. Our team at work is extremely close. Whenever we're together, we always shared stories of our families. Jim was certainly proud of his young family and contributed many fun stories.

    At work, Jim was an exceptionally bright colleague and one who I always trusted. It was always interesting to hear his read of a situation. Jim spent a great deal of time and effort in every engagement to make sure he would drive a good outcome.

    Jim will be missed tremendously. He and the family will remain in my thoughts an prayers

  13. Jim was a great presence at work; he will be missed very much. His strength and leadership meant a lot to this team. We're a tight knit group; he was not only a teammate but a friend.

  14. So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I consider myself lucky to have gotten the chance to work with Jim and it is my honor to have called him a friend. Jim was an extremely smart engineer with an incredible sense of humor and an ability to put people at ease in even the most intense situations. Jim touched many people in his life, and there are two things I know hold true. We are all saddened by his passing, and we are all happy and blessed to have had him in our lives.

  15. The news of Jim’s passing was shocking! Jim was an integral part of our team and the Cisco family. He was a great addition to our team. Every day he brought leadership, intellectual insight and strategic thinking to his meetings. I was lucky to have worked with him and call him my friend.

  16. When working at a Cisco partner as Professional Services Director, Jim was my link to the Cisco security and technical world. He was always available to me and my team, was always proactive and provided great guidance on all matters.

    Jim and I developed a relationship that extended beyond just partner and vendor. Jim and I often engaged in interesting and stimulating conversation on many topics including family, people we knew in common, past lives and more times than not, cybersecurity.

    Jim always had a kind word, provided encouragement to me and my team and he was my friend who will be sorely missed.

    Sincerest condolences to Jim's family and all of his friends and colleagues.

  17. It was a true pleasure knowing and working with Jim. His wit put smiles on faces and uplifted those around him. I'm grateful to have spent time learning and laughing with him throughout the years at Cisco. Jim will be deeply missed.

  18. I was fortunate enough to have had Jim as my partner (SE Manager) in the early days of my years at Cisco and while the job and our careers took us in different directions, I have always considered Jim a friend. Like so many others who knew him better than I, I respected Jim not just for the consummate professional he was but for his genuine, caring and thoughtful demeanour and for the positive energy he brought to every interaction, personal and professional. I would like to extend my condolences to his family and will keep Jim and all of you in my prayers. Peace.

  19. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Jim. I remember him as a friendly fellow who helped me with some difficult college assignments.

  20. To the family, and especially the mother, Justina of Jim: I did not know him, but have read the former condolences and see the impact Jim had on his friends and workmates. He left with a "keter shem tov," the crown of a good name…the most noble crown a person is privileged to wear… I know the heart of a mother, and my deepest love and concern are with you for such a terrible loss for you and for Jim's family. May you have courage, and a good and deep grieving, and with the passage of a significant amount of time, be able to think of Jim with only appreciations of blessing, and without the pain you must currently feel. Love to you.

  21. I worked with Jim at Cisco. I remember how he took the day off to come all the way up to the School for the Blind in the Bronx for their career day. He told stories that really resonated with the students and provided inspiring, motivational insights. He was extremely giving. He will be missed deeply.

  22. I was fortunate enough to work with Jim for many years, and have him as a manager. It was a true pleasure knowing and working with Jim, and have him as a friend. Our friendship continued after I left Cisco. I am grateful to have him my friend, spent time learning & laughing with him throughout the years. Jim will be deeply missed, but his legend & memories will stay with us. I would like to extend my condolences to his family, our thoughts & prayers with you

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