Chicago Bears mourn the passing of former Bears chairman
|Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7:56 PM- -|
Sad news to report today.
The Chicago Bears and the McCaskey family announced the passing of Michael B. McCaskey, 76, after his long battle with Leukemia.
The team released the following statement on Saturday night.
"Mike was already successful in every sense of the word when he took over for George S. Halas after the passing of 'Papa Bear' in 1983," said the McCaskey family in the press release. "We are grateful to Mike for overseeing arguably the greatest team in NFL history, and for his many years of service to the Bears and to us. The oldest of eleven siblings has many duties thrust upon him, not all of them pleasant, yet Mike handled them all with grace and patience. Although Mike's passing was not brought on by the novel coronavirus, our family, like so many people, is not able to gather and grieve together at this time. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Our focus in the coming days will be to celebrate Mike's life, and be whatever source of support we can be to John and Kathryn and those they love."
Bears President Ted Phillips had the following to say.
“My heart is heavy as I think about Michael McCaskey and can’t believe he is no longer with us,” he said in a statement. “His fierce love of the Bears was unmatched as was his intellectual capacity and thirst for knowledge on a myriad of subjects. Michael displayed a professorial presence that could be challenging, but was also inspiring. I will be forever grateful for the many opportunities for growth that he provided me, as well as for his trust and support. Michael always strived to do things the right way with high character and with the Bears best interests always paramount. Michael was a good man, gone much too soon. He presided over the only Super Bowl Championship Chicago Bears team in 1985, and I know he is still smiling about that magical season. God bless Michael and his family.”
ChicagoBearsHQ would like to give out our most heartfelt condolences to Michael's family, friends, and the entire Bears organization.
Sad news for the Bears organization. Condolences to the McCaskey family. Michael was a polarizing presence and decent man whose tenure as chairman was full of success and controversy. RIP. https://t.co/ooZ4BRFEYB— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) May 16, 2020