The Bears announced Sunday evening that team vice president Tim McCaskey has passed away. He had battled cancer over the past 17 months. He was 65.
"Tim, first and foremost, was a fan — as passionate, loyal, critical, analytical, committed and devoted a Bears fan as there ever was," the McCaskey family said in a statement. "The tenacity and dignity with which he fought this dreaded disease is an inspiration to all of us."
The second oldest of Ed and Virginia McCaskey's 11 children, Tim was named to his VP position in 1993 after a four-year, part-time affiliation with the club. He spent 18 years working for IMC Fertilizer Inc. and its predecessor along with a seven-year span with Ernst & Young prior to joining the Bears. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., and Notre Dame University.
He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren, 10 siblings and mother.