Updated: May 7, 2011 5:44AM
Bears vice president Tim McCaskey died Sunday after a 17-month battle with cancer, his family announced. He was 65.
The second-oldest of Ed and Virginia McCaskey’s 11 children, he was so well-regarded by his grandfather, late Bears founder George Halas, that he was sent to break the news to him that his son George Jr. — nicknamed “Mugs” — had passed away unexpectedly in 1979.
Tim McCaskey had served as a Bears vice president since 1993. He is survived by his mother, four children and eight grandchildren.
“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.”