Here is the release issued by the Bears:
The Chicago Bears are saddened this evening to announce the passing of team Vice President Tim McCaskey. Tim was dedicated and took great pride in working for his family's business. Despite battling cancer over the past 17 months, Tim never allowed the illness to dampen the spirit and sense of humor he was known for at Halas Hall.
"Tim, first and foremost , was a fan - as passionate, loyal, critical, analytical, committed and devoted a Bears fan as there ever was," said the McCaskey family. "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 vice president 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 and Notre Dame University.
Tim is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren, 10 siblings and mother.