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Raiders general manager Bob Marcado, 65, passes away

Longtime Racine Raiders general manager Bob Marcado passed away at the age of 65.Bob Marcado, a long-time volunteer and current general manager of the Racine Raiders, passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 65.

Marcado started with the Racine Raiders in the late-1980’s. He spent a decade as a “jack-of-all-trades” for the team, taking video and selling souvenirs and programs. He also served as the Vice President of Marketing for two seasons and then the Vice President of Operations.

He eventually took over as General Manager for Joe Mooney starting in 1999. Marcado has served as General Manager or in a dual role as General Manager and Vice President of Operations of the Raiders since that time, a total of more than 14 years.

“Over the years Bob has worn several hats within the Raiders organization, most recently as our General Manager and he will surely be missed,” lamented Raiders president Matt Nelson. “Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”

In addition to his roles with the team, Marcado often took on added responsibilities with the leagues the Raiders were members of. He served as a regional director for the North American Football League during the Raiders time in that league. He also took on added responsibilities with the MidStates Football League.

Marcado recently finished a bout of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Shortly afterwards, he was admitted for emergency intestinal obstruction surgery. Marcado developed an infection which developed into septic shock and was placed in a chemically-induced coma about a week ago.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 5 p.m. at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home (803 Main Street, Racine) with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Relatives and friends may meet Friday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until time of service at 5 p.m. Memorials to the Racine Raiders or to Ryane’s House of Hope have been suggested.