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In Memoriam: Bill Stasek

March 23, 2018
William R. "Bill" Stasek, who served nine years on the CATA board of directors and ascended to chairman in 1998-1999, died March 19. Mr. Stasek, 70, operated a namesake Chevrolet dealership in Wheeling.
He also was chairman of the 2000 Chicago Auto Show.
Following his CATA board service, Mr. Stasek continued to work on behalf of his fellow dealers. For those with unionized technicians, Mr. Stasek helped guide negotiations between the New-Car Dealers Committee and Mechanics’ Union Local 701 to reach several multi-year collective bargaining agreements.
He also was a member of the Metro Chicago & Northwest Indiana Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association, the National Dealer Council, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Advisory Board.
Mr. Stasek, an adoptive parent, was a tireless proponent of The Cradle, an Evanston-based adoption agency on whose board of directors he also served. He and his wife, Linda, have been avid supporters of The Cradle for more than 30 years, and in 1996 he was instrumental in including The Cradle as a benefiting organization in the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity event.
At last month’s show, The Cradle honored the Staseks with the nonprofit’s inaugural Bill and Linda Stasek Star Award. Kim Perez, The Cradle’s president and chief executive, said the award "will live on in Bill and Linda’s name and be given to future participants who give their time, effort and support tirelessly like Bill and Linda have over the years."
Mr. Stasek and his family enjoyed snowmobiling and boating in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
In addition to his wife, Linda, survivors include a son, Jeremy; a daughter, Monica; and six grandchildren. Memorials appreciated to The Cradle, (800) 272-3534.