Comcast SportsNet Chicago President Jim Corno Passes Away

Comcast SportsNet Chicago President Jim Corno Passes Away

CSN Chicago President Jim Corno passed away today. Senior Director of Communications Jeff Nuich posted a CSN tribute to Jim on the CSNChicago.com website (link).

And below you'll find the Comcast SportsNet Chicago statement-- (from Phil Bedella – VP/GM, Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

Jim Corno (President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago) passes away at the age of 66

I am deeply saddened to share the news that our leader, mentor and dearest friend Jim Corno, Sr. passed away this morning. He was 66. Jim battled his cancer to the very end with both courage and determination.

Jim Corno has been the leader of every regional sports network in Chicago TV history dating back to 1984. He was a pioneer in our industry in every sense of the word. He was also a gifted executive, but his everyday common man approach to business is what set him aside from everyone else. It didn’t matter if you were his peer or just someone trying to break into the industry. He treated everyone he met with respect and there’s no question when he spoke to you, you knew you were the most important person in his life at that moment.

He looked at all of us as a member of his family and, for that, we can be grateful because we always had someone looking out for us each and every day. The sports television world may have lost one of its brightest stars, but the world has lost one of its greatest people. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves and continuing to evolve the network he cared for so much and helped build so many years ago. Simply put, we were all blessed to have Jim as part of our lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s greatest loves, his wife, Carolyn, his children, Jim Jr. & Christina, his daughter-in-law Lori, his son-in-law Bennett, and his grandsons Jackson, Max, Mitchell, Joseph and Scott.

In lieu of flowers, the Corno family has asked donations be made to the Oncology Fund at The Edward Foundation, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540 in honor of Jim.

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