It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news that one of our longtime colleagues, Tim Sassone, passed away this morning after an extended illness. Tim was a fighter to the very end. He battled back from a stroke in 2012 to resume his full-time duties later that year after a remarkable recovery before being hospitalized on Monday. Tim leaves behind his wife, Christine, and their two children, Ali and Andy. Tim was 58.
"The hockey world mourns a legend who knew, explained and critiqued the sport better than anyone," said John Lampinen, Daily Herald senior vice president/editor. "The Daily Herald mourns a friend and colleague who quietly inspired an entire newsroom with his skill, grace and selfless dedication. Tim was a giant, and we will miss him."
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Tim joined the Daily Herald in 1984 and worked on the Sports Copy Desk before starting the Blackhawks beat in 1988. He was a finalist in this year's Peter Lisagor contest for sports writing, and is a previous Lisagor winner. He was a Top 10 national finalist for game reporting in the APSE 2010 contest, and a key contributor in the sports section winning national honors from APSE seven times throughout his career. In 2007 he was nominated as a media finalist for Hockey Hall of Fame Award, and he was inducted into the Northern Star Hall of Fame in 2013. Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks honored him at a game by presenting him with a No. 25 jersey for his 25 years of covering the team.