Bulls mourn death of Sanford E. "Sandy" Takiff

Bulls mourn death of Sanford E. "Sandy" Takiff

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July 4, 2009 -- The Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox both lost a valued advisor and huge fan this week when Sanford E. “Sandy” Takiff, part-owner of the White Sox and a member of the team’s board of directors since the late 1980s, passed away.

The 72-year-old also had been an owner and member of the board of directors for the Bulls since 1985.

Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Takiff shared a friendship that dated back more than 50 years, since their very first day together at Northwestern Law School.

“Sandy has remained a very close friend for my entire adult life,” Reinsdorf said. “He was the kindest person I ever met and was a tremendous businessman with a very sharp mind. I will miss him as a friend, and our teams will miss his knowledge and guidance.”

Takiff, an attorney, a certified public accountant and banker who lived in Glencoe, also served as an alternate from the Bulls to the National Basketball Association’s Board of Governors. He was treasurer of Ron of Japan Steakhouses in Chicago and Northbrook since 1970. Born in Chicago in 1937, Takiff received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. He then earned his law degree from Northwestern in 1960, along with Reinsdorf.

A former chairman of the First Bank of Highland Park in Highland Park and Northbrook, Takiff more recently was president of the parent company, the Bank of Highland Park Financial Corp. He was the former owner of the Park National Bank of Chicago and was an active member of Highland Park’s business community. Takiff served on many philanthropic and community organizations, serving on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League, the University of Illinois College of Commerce Alumni Association and Providence-St. Mel High School.

Takiff, who passed away on Thursday, is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bobbette, three daughters, Sherri Zirlin, Lizzy Scheinfeld and Jill Hirsh, 12 grandchildren, and two sisters, Carole Takiff and Bonnie Terry.

Along with the other members of the Reinsdorf ownership groups, Takiff was part of seven World Championships with the White Sox and Bulls.

“Sandy was with us for every one of the victories, the losses and the championships over the years,” Reinsdorf said. “When we met that first day of law school at Northwestern, who could have guessed at what the next 52 years would bring us both?”