Industry Stalwart, Bill Bacus Passes Away

Bill Bacus

Bill Bacus, long time toy industry professional, has passed away.  Bill’s toy career spanned over forty years in retail buying and management positions as well as several marketing positions with toy manufacturers. He worked with countless icons and mentored so many that are prominent within our industry to this day.  Along the way, Bill worked at Marshall Fields, Child World, Kay Bee Toys, Fred Meyer and Amazon.

Bill Bacus was born on October 6, 1947 and died peacefully with his family at his side on November 16th, 2012 after several months of battling an aggressive form of cancer. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann and grown children Kirk, Kimberly and Keith as well as six grandchildren.  

Bill loved the toy business so much that he spent the last several years working part time for Toys R Us in his hometown. His passion for the business, his eye for product and his true sense of fairness best defines him.

He was an avid reader with a vast book collection. He was a big sports fan and closely followed the

Chicago teams.  He didn’t just engage in the business of toys but liked to play with them as well.  He always looked forward to playing cards and board games with family and friends.  Bill also enjoyed traveling whether on business or with family and friends.

Appropriately, Bill asked that any donations on his behalf be made to Toys for Tots whether it is a financial contribution or sample donations that can be delivered to Toys r Us or other sites. He will be missed.  


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