Samuel McGovern

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Samuel Levin McGovern 2003-2011 Samuel "Sam" McGovern, age 8, of 71 Maple Street, Hinsdale, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Sam had been bravely (and quite successfully) battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer, since October of last year. However, his fight took an unexpected (and very medically-rare) turn on July 14th, when it was discovered that his cancer cells had somehow spread to his spinal fluid and the meningeal covering of his brain. Despite the best efforts of his doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital in Boston, the cancer in his cerebrospinal fluid proliferated very rapidly and Sam returned home to Hinsdale on Friday, July 29th, to spend his remaining time at home with his family and friends. Sam was born in Pittsfield on April 25, 2003, the (second) beloved son of Matthew P. and Theresa M. (Rachiele) McGovern. Sam had recently finished the second grade at Kittredge Elementary School in Hinsdale where he enjoyed great love from his classmates and teachers alike. Sam was very artistically gifted from a very young age. He very much enjoyed drawing and coloring, and was equally proud of his hand-writing and cursive skills. He had expressed a desire to put his drawing skills to good use by someday becoming an architect. He also very much enjoyed riding his bicycles as well as his motorized scooter. He was a big fan of professional wrestling, as well as the Boston Red Sox. He was a very frank and verbose antagonist of his dada Yankees fan. "Red Sox rule, Yankees drool" was a common mantra of his. He was extremely pleased to have met several Sox players during his stays at Children's, including his favorite, Big Papi, among others. Sam was himself a gifted (natural) athlete, and had been a participant in both youth football and baseball through the Dalton DYC programs. He enjoyed fishing with his dad and older brother. Just prior to his recent setback, on his very first foray into river fishing, Sam, in typical fashion, managed to land his very first rainbow trout (on his very first cast, no less!). He enjoyed wrestling with his big brother Timothy, as well as playing games together on their X-Boxes. Sam also relished spending hour after hour swimming in the pool at his Noni and Papa's house during the summer months. He also enjoyed spending sleep-overs at his Nana Sandy's house to whom Sam was her "Moonbeam". He loved listening to Elvis and Johnny Cash cd's while riding along with his dad and brother in dad's truck. Besides his dad Matt and his mom Theresa (with whom Sam shared an especially beautiful and deep bond), he leaves behind his loving brother Timothy, 12, at home. He also leaves his adoring maternal grandparents, "Papa" Anthony Rachiele and "Noni" Nicolina Rachiele of Pittsfield; his paternal grandmother "Nana" Sandra McGovern of Hinsdale; his aunts and uncles Sam and Pam Rachiele of Pittsfield, Bruno and Amy Rachiele of Pittsfield, Brian McGovern of Lenox, and Gina McGovern of Lanesboro; his beloved great aunt Mary Sala of Pittsfield; cousins Ava and Anthony Rachiele, Cody and Emily Tynan and his buddy and second cousin Sam Sala of Pittsfield. Sam was predeceased by his paternal grandfather "Poppy" Timothy F. McGovern. He also leaves his many friends at Kittredge School, particularly his two very best friends Griffin and Dayton Keifer who never once failed to place calls, send cards and drawings, care packages, gifts, etc. to Sam every time he had a stay in Boston. Finally, Sam leaves behind his beloved kitten Lola to whom he was always a very loving and devoted "Daddy". FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for SAMUEL 'SAM' McGOVERN will be held Saturday, August 6, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 a.m., at St. Joseph Church celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovich, Pastor. Burial will follow in Ashuelot Cemetery in Dalton. Calling hours will be held Friday (today), from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 414 North Street, Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Sam may be made to The Jimmy Fund (Boston) in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 5, 2011