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`Exemplary, kind, cherished` Bishop Timothy Lyne dies at 94

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Most Rev. Timothy J. Lyne, 94. (Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Chicago) Most Rev. Timothy J. Lyne, 94. (Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Chicago)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Bishop Timothy J. Lyne died suddenly Wednesday morning, at the age of 94. The retired auxiliary bishop of Chicago and rector of Holy Name Cathedral passed away at his home, in the cathedral.

Cardinal Francis George said the Archdiocese of Chicago mourns Lyne's death, and Chicago's faithful mourn the death of a "great citizen of our city."

"Bishop Tim Lyne was recognized as a young man of talent by his pastor at St. Mel parish on Chicago's West Side," the cardinal wrote. "As a seminarian, he caddied for Cardinal Mundelein. As a young priest, he was given tasks by Cardinal Stritch that demanded great sensitivity. As rector of Holy Name Cathedral, he served the people and counseled his archbishops."

Cardinal George said Bishop Lyne will be remembered fondly, with great respect and affection.

"Always, he was the model of a Christian gentleman, shaped by his faith to see the good in everyone," the cardinal said in a statement.

Bishop Lyne is said to have been a very important figure in the archdiocese for decades, impacting the lives of countless people along the way. Cardinal George said his death was a shock, because the bishop never complained. He called him "seemingly indestructible."

"I believe he would want us to pray for him, as we continue to count on his prayers for us before the Lord," the cardinal said. "May he rest in peace."

Alderman Edward Burke said Bishop Lyne was a "cherished friend" of Chicago civic leaders and politicians, while remaining a "powerful champion of the poor and dispossessed."

"Bishop Timothy Lyne was a priest's priest and a bishop's bishop," Burke said. "Strong, yet kind, tough, yet graceful, he was son of an immigrant Irish policeman and a true product of Chicago's neighborhoods. Throughout his pastoral life, he never lost the common man's touch or wisdom."

Ald. Burke concluded his statement Wednesday by emphasizing the bishop's service to the community.

"He poured his boundless energy into many ministries until the very end," Burke wrote. "He will be deeply missed."

Archbishop Emeritus of New York Edward Cardinal Egan remembered his life-long friendship with Bishop Lyne on Wednesday, recalling the man he called a "wonderfully kind gentleman and a truly exemplary priest."

"I have had the privilege of knowing the Bishop since I was a boy. In the Egan family he was always both admired and loved," Egan said. "He assisted both of my parents in their final days and was for me throughout my years as a seminarian, a priest, and a bishop the wisest of counselors and the most loyal of friends."

Egan extended his deepest sympathy to Bishop Lyne's family, to the Archdiocese of Chicago and the community the bishop created in his time here.

"Bishop Lyne will ever have a very special place in my prayers and in my heart," Egan said.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is expected to release details regarding his visitation and funeral mass soon.

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