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Todd Patrick McGovern

AGE: 38 • Allenhurst

Todd Patrick McGovern, 38, of Allenhurst, passed away in his home on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Born in Toms River on June 23, 1974, Todd has lived in Allenhurst for the past eight and a half years with his wife, Amanda. They married on May 8, 2004. When Todd was diagnosed with cancer on July 18, 2004, he was told he had 3-6 months to live. But Todd refused to become another statistic. He chose to live a little each day rather than die a little each day. Todd would not let his diagnosis define him; he would not let it change or break his positive spirit. Instead, he founded a non-profit called SEAS IT with his wife, Amanda to help others fighting cancer stay positive in the face of their illness. Todd embodied the very essence of SEAS IT. He lived each day with courage, strength, and love. His generous spirit, warmth, and positivity touched everyone he knew.

The consummate team player, Todd was a gifted athlete at both The Taft School in Watertown, CT and at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he served as Captain of both the men's division 3 hockey and baseball teams. Todd's athleticism set the tone for his fight against cancer. He attacked his illness from the mindset of a fierce athlete, training his body and mind to fight by running 5Ks and marathons throughout treatment to keep his attitude positive and to raise money for SEAS IT. The Captain never stopped bringing his A-Game.

Todd's legacy will live on through the inspiration and motivation he gave everyone who knew him. Whether as a teammate, loyal friend to his close-knit "band of brothers," or the founder of SEAS IT, Todd McGovern was a true hero and leader with a gift for bringing people together for a common cause. He proudly wore SEAS IT blue in honor of the charity to which he was so dedicated. Todd loved spending time at the beach. In the summer months, he could often be found underneath an umbrella listening to his favorite sports radio. He cherished watching the sunrise while walking down the Allenhurst beach with Amanda and his constant canine companion, Kingsley. In June, he was able to celebrate the birth of his beloved twin sons. Those lucky enough to know him will be forever grateful for his kind and loving spirit.

Todd is survived by his loving wife and Co-Captain, Amanda; their twin boys, William Todd and Andrew Todd; his parents, Tom and Linda McGovern of Toms River; his sister, Susan Bowles; brother-in-law, Eugene Bowles; and nephew, Brandon Bowles of Toms River; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Chris and Ric Costanzo of Allenhurst; and his brothers-in-law, Eric and Jonathan Costanzo of Allenhurst; his nephews, Dylan and Christopher, and his niece, Madison of Allenhurst.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at St. George's-by-the-River, Rumson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seas It (, or to The Taft School ( in Todd's name.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 30, 2013.
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January 24, 2021
Todd, you were an inspiration to all of us and will forever be in our hearts. Love Linda and Joe Milo
Linda Milo
August 8, 2013
Dear all, I have finally had the courage to go back and read all of these wonderful notes and messages. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all. The boys and I are so blessed to have such wonderful friends that will help me keep Todd's legacy alive.
With Love,
February 27, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda, the boys and the whole McGovern family. I was fortunate enough to spend even a short time working with Todd, his spirit and will to live has left a memorable impression forever.
Tim McCarthy
February 20, 2013
Dear Linda and Tom -

Ours deepest sympathies to all your family. We think of Todd and all our children growing up and playing on Chipmunk Ct.
What wonderful times we had.

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tom and Evy Riedhammer
Brandon, FL
February 17, 2013
Dear Tom and Linda,
Please extend our deepest sympathies to Todd's wife Susie and the rest of the family. It has been a great sadness to learn of his passing. We will cherish our memories of happier times watching Todd grow up to become the wonderful adult he was.

I can still visualize the boys playing ball and street hockey in front of our houses on Chipmunk Court. It seems like that was an eternity ago.

Tom and Barbara Olivero
Brownsville, Vermont
Tom and Barbara Olivero
February 15, 2013
Linda,Susan and I would like to thank family and friends for all your help,encouragement,kind thoughts and prayers. We can't begin to tell you how comforting it was with the painful loss of our beloved son and brother Todd. Thank you all so much.
Tom, Linda and Susan McGovern
February 11, 2013
Dear Amanda
We are so sorry to hear about Todd's death. We have known you for so long. It just seemed like he would always be around. We know that in our hearts and the hearts of many others. he will be.
In the eight years you were together, as husband and wife, you accomplished so much that strengthened, not only you two as a couple, but as an example for others, who are going through similar hardships. But most amazingly, you had the foresight to set a way in which William and Andrew will always be able to remember their father. They will be able to identify with SEAS IT as a legacy from him to them. The stories you will be able to tell of his strength; of continuing to exercise in hopes of helping him survive; his willingness to try any protocols that were available; and, of course, his love for you, which radiated from him to you, even if you were not physically together. These aspects of his life are amazing. Through the boys, Todd will live and through you they will remember and love.


Susan and Alan Leffler
February 7, 2013
I don't know what heroes are if they are not people like Todd and Amanda--and their families-- from the day of Todd's diagnosis. I plan to share this story of courage with my children when they are old enough to understand that even in the most overwhelming circumstances, hope and hard work can change outcomes. Our family sends condolences and love to Todd's family and his miracle sons.
Phoebe Hyde
February 5, 2013
My deepest sympathies go out to the McGovern family, his friends, old and new, and Todd's community. We were all so lucky to have had the honor of knowing such a great guy. May the fond memories we all have of "Gov Man" bring a smile to our face and may we crank the music when we hear a track from "Jock

With Love,
Amy "Brackett" McEwen
Colby, Class of 97'
Amy McEwen
February 5, 2013
I can still picture Gov chasing down impossible-to-get-to fly balls in center field, making it look easy with that huge grin on his face. Todd was an inspiration and leader from the moment I met him as a freshman baseball player at Colby until the last time I saw him, cheering me and the rest of the team on at a SeasIt run in Burlington, VT.

Rest in peace Gov. My deepest condolensces to Amanda, your boys, and the entire McGovern family.
Harold Graves
February 5, 2013
Todd's courage and determination inspired all of us, and my son Carter McDonnell loved Todd and all that he stood for. All good thoughts and support to you and your boys Amanda. Love, Richard.
Richard McDonnell
February 4, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the McGovern family. Todd was a great friend and teammate at Colby. He was a born leader and had an inner confidence that let him shine in any situation. One game against Williams in which I started, my nerves must have been obvious. Gov came right over to me after warm-ups and said, "You're gonna be great and I'm going to be right there supporting you!"...and he was. All the best to Amanda and their two boys.
Casey McCullough
February 3, 2013
Mr. & Mrs. McGovern, Sue and Amanda,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Reading all of these comments it is obvious that Todd is an inspiration to all who knew him. I remember Todd as a kid coming over to my house to hang out with my brother Mike. Always happy and always with a grin. Years later, after I moved to Florida, I skated out for the opening faceoff for a game. The opposing center is staring at me with a huge familiar grin. It took a second or two to register that it was Todd. I hadn't seen Todd in a few years to that point. When we hung out after the game it felt like we had never lost touch. One of the true "good guys." Todd will be missed by many.

My condolences,

Frank DiMarco, Jr.
February 3, 2013
my deepest sympathy and condolences
sharon waszak
February 2, 2013
Tom and Linda and Susan,
How well we remember Todd as a young man playing ice hockey. We are deeply saddened to know of his passing. Michael often spoke of Todd's incredible strength and courage throughout his illess. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Beth and Paul Jablonski
February 2, 2013
My condolences to the entire McGovern family. Todd (Gov) was a great teammate and leader. I have so many great memories of Todd and our time together at Colby. The one that stands out most was the game against Princeton. We were considerable underdogs, obviosly, but that didnt matter to Gov. No. 21 put the team on his shoulders and carried us the entire game. After graduating, our paths didn't cross much, but it sounds like Gov continued to do the same....putting his "team" on his shoulders and perserving no matter the odds or challenges. Gov21 will live forever in all of us.
Dan Larkin
February 2, 2013
Upon meeting Todd for the first time one knew they were in the company of a very specil person. His incredible energy, incredible smile and Todd's amazing capacity to connect with fellow human beings will be sorely missed by all who were blessed by Todd touching their lives.
Pauline Vastardis
February 1, 2013
Todd was quick to bring a laugh and always had a smile during his years on Mayflower Hill. He was quite an impressive young man, right to the end.
Matt Morrissey
February 1, 2013
The Colby community is incredibly saddened to learn of Todd's passing. What a courageous story, he made a real difference. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.
Rick Catino Jr.
February 1, 2013
Our hearts are feeling the pain of the family, in losing such a fine, loving young man, husband, father & son. May you feel comfort & peace in knowing he is safe at home...and in the loving arms of God. You are all in our prayers.
Connie & Clark Sherwood
February 1, 2013
I remember trying to get a hit off the lefty pitcher in Little League and later on catching up with Todd after college working for the same company. You are a true inspiration and will be missed by many and I am glad to have known you.
Patrick Clark
January 31, 2013
It has been many years since I have seen Todd, however I will always remember his smile, light hearted nature and genuineness . He is truly an inspiration. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family.
Kristen Rone
January 31, 2013
He is a good example for all of us to follow one day at a time. My sympathy to his family
January 31, 2013
Dear Amanda,
I am writing on behalf of Jim. I was so sorry to hear about Todd. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I know how hwartbroken Jim would be if I could tell him. He is currently fighting his own battle-in the ICU at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Ct., on a Ventilator and heavily sedated. His kidneys have shut down and dialysis was started yesterday. Please pray for him as we are all praying for you and your family. Sincerely,
Sheila Joseph
January 31, 2013
To Todd's Family and dearest Amanda and those adorable boys, We are so sad to hear that Todd has passed - he was an incredible inspiration to all around him, the positive hopeful way he battled his cancer. He was such an incredibly strong and wonderful man with so much will. I'm sure those boys will have such a strong reflection of their dad, with him following their every step. All our love, thoughts and prayers, Emily and Drew Johnston
Emily and Drew Johnston
January 31, 2013
Mr & Mrs McGovern, Sue & Amanda,
You had an amazing son, brother, husband, friend, teammate & competitor. It's been far too long since I last saw Todd, but as I read all of these comments and those on Facebook, its incredible the amount of people Todd touched and the impact he had on their lives. Every childhood memory I have of Todd, whether it was hockey, baseball or just hanging out, is filled with fun, laughter and happiness. We are all blessed for having had those times with him and undoubtedly we will never meet another person like him again.

My thoughts are prayers are with you at this difficult time. RIP Todd
Mike DiMarco
January 31, 2013
Dear Amanda and family,

We are all so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband Todd. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you. May his legacy live on through your beautiful family. God Bless you all. Pari Chris Alexis and Peter
Pari and Chris Harrison
January 31, 2013
Dear Linda, Tom, Susan and Amanda...It was a joy to watch Todd on the hockey rink all those years ago, and it was wonderful to have the McGovern Family for neighbors. Linda and Tom, we wish we could be there if only to hug you each. Susan and your family, we wish there were words that would help you. Amanda, while we never had the opportunity to meet you, we know how loving and supportive a partner you were to Todd. Treasure those babies you and Todd joyfully brought into this world.
We are in Florida for the winter and cannot comfort you in person...but please know that we are thinking about all of you and sending you our love and our prayers.
Frank and Grace Carr
January 31, 2013
My sincere condolences. Todd lived down the hall from me at Colby when we were both freshmen, and he always struck me as a natural leader. The way he handled himself through his battle is very inspiring. I'm truly saddened to hear of his passing. His whole family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Ryan Mayhugh
January 31, 2013
We are so heartbroken to hear about Todd's passing. His journey has had a tremendous impact on my life and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have known him . You and the boys along with your families will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Caitlin Hayes
January 31, 2013
Very sorry to read of Todd's passing. My deepest sympathy & condolences to the McGovern family.
Damon DeAngelis
January 31, 2013
Todd and his friends lived in my dorm basement at Colby when I was a freshman. Todd was always outgoing and kind to me, very inclusive to all, and I always remembered his genuine pleasant nature and interest in other people. We had some lovely chats in the Colby athletic training facility when prepping for our respective practices. I was so saddened to learn of his passing and his courageous battle over the past several years. My heart goes out to your family. What a lovely legacy of kindness and courage to leave to his sons.
Kerry Olson
January 31, 2013
Dearest Tom & Linda & Susan, our hearts are with you. Our prayer is that your grief might move through you gently. Love never dies.
Carol & Skip
January 31, 2013
My sincere condolences to Todd's parents, sister, wife and sons. I am truly sorry for your loss. I didn't know Todd as an adult but during our childhood he was happy, fun-loving and confident and, made a lasting impression on those around him. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Heather McGrath Adrion
January 31, 2013
I met Todd while working at Volt. He was so happy and talked about his Wife and how they met. He always made me laugh with his dry sense of humor. He was an inspiration and even though I only knew Todd for a brief time in my life, I will remember him always and miss him.
January 31, 2013
Terry Jarkowsky
January 31, 2013
Todd was my friend & my travel companion to our men's league hockey games.

I never met someone who was as courageous as Todd. He never quit, kept a positive attitude and loved life to the fullest. I'm sorry for your loss.
Terry Jarkowsky
January 30, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Todd's passing. I remember him from my time at Colby. He was a good kid when I met him, and a good man when he left there. My prayers go out to his family and other friends.
Leon Richard
January 30, 2013
I was playing against Todd in a Little League game (11 years old) one day. I hit a ball into shallow right field. I was certain it would be a hit. The problem was that Todd was playing first base that inning. He simply turned and ran back hard on the ball and caught the ball over his right shoulder. Turned my Texas Leaguer into an easy out. Amazing catch, amazing family, amazing man...God Bless you and your family. My deepest sympathies.
Jim Cino
January 30, 2013
Dear Tom and Linda
My mom, Helen McCarrick read this today and along with my wife Marion we all want to say how sorry we are for your great loss. I never knew Todd but my mom did and we have prayed for him and your family over the years through your Dad and Mom.
I am not sure we will make the service but will try. My mom is in assisted living now, so it is hard.
We will continue to pray for your family and if you need anything please don't hesitate to all on me.
Chris McCarrick
January 30, 2013
I never met Todd but knew he must be as determined, positive, & full of life to be Amanda's husband as she's such a ball of positive energy. It's wonderful that your memory & wonderful traits will continue with your sons. As tough as it is, I know Amanda will continue the legacy the two of you began. My thoughts are with you all.
Jamie Keiser
January 30, 2013
mr. and mrs. mcgovern and sue, i am terribly sorry for your loss. its been a while but i always heard of todd's remarkable strength. feel proud and nothing but happy memories. all my love to you all.
billy vanesko
January 30, 2013
When I first saw Todd at the Toms River Little League Field on Maple Tree Rd. I knew he will always be special to me. He was a great ball player and all star.It was a joy to watch him play. He always had a big smile and went out of his way to say hello. I haven't seen him for many years but always asked about him when I would meet his Dad, Mom or Sister Susan. My prayers are with his wife Amanda and their sons. I know His Dad, Tom and Mom, Linda was always there for him and very proud of their Son. The Ricciardi Family send our love and prayers to all the Family.
All My Love,
Barbara Ricciardi
Toms River,NJ
January 30, 2013
Although it has been many years since I have seen Todd he will always be remembered in our hearts as a kind and genuine person. May God bless you and your family , you are all in my prayers during this saddened time.
Kelli-Ann Mallek-Riley
January 30, 2013
I can not think of a more impressive man. I was fortunate to know Todd growing up. Energetic, loving, and such a kind soul. He embodies the spirit of how a man should act at all times. I will miss him dearly.
John Garrabrant
January 30, 2013
Tom and Linda and family, I was profoundly saddened to learn of Todd's passing and am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you will find comfort in the knowledge that Todd's courage and determination in fighting this terrible disease is an inspiration to all who are waging a similar battle. May God bless you and help you through this most difficult time. Sincerely, Diane St George Lebon (Dan Lavergne's mom)
January 30, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Kathy Tyson
January 30, 2013
Sending our thoughts and prayers. Todd was an amazing man. We were so fortunate to have been able to have known him.
With love,
Brennan 6 JSUMC staff
January 30, 2013
Such a terrible loss, my heart goes out to your entire family. Through them and your beautiful sons, your legacy will live on. R.I.P friend!
Pauline Cottone-Cerchio
January 30, 2013
Amanda and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Todd. Snapshots taken with the heart are never lost, they become an album of beautiful moments that live on forever. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.. Sheila and Ken Shaw
January 30, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Todd. He was such an amazing person and natural leader. Everything he did, he did 110 %! My heart goes out to his wonderful family and to his wife and little boys. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May his beautiful little boys carry on his spirit and help the family through this difficult time. Todd's energy will always be felt and never be forgotten. His energy and soul will shine through his little boys forever.
Heather Howe Redgrave
January 30, 2013
Amanda, Todd was truly an inspiration to us and to all who knew him. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Larry, Anne, Debbie, & Rob Gruner
January 30, 2013
Forever in my heart is the little boy who didn't seem to mind his buddy Graig's annoying little sister tagging along on all of their childhood adventures.
Cari Lavorgna Gigliotti
January 30, 2013
Words can not express the loss the world is feeling. Todd you were an amazing person to know; your love and courage was remarkable. Your legacy will live on through your two beautiful boys and your foundation. May you rest easy and know you touched so many lives in a positive way! I am truly blessed to have known you and will continue to live each day to the fullest, thanks to your inspiration! RIP my friend!
Tisha Breslow
January 30, 2013
R.I.P Todd. A beautiful life, well lived and will live on in all the hearts you touched. May the peace, love, and comfort from God surround family and friends in this time of loss. An honor to know you and represent Seas IT through running. Sorry we never got that run in but one day.....thank you for your inspiration to keep running the race with endurance for whatever is set before us.
Gina Monticello Coulter
January 30, 2013
Forever in my heart is the little boy who didn't seem to mind when his buddy Graig's annoying little sister tagged along on all their childhood adventures.
Cari Lavorgna-Gigliotti
January 30, 2013
May the love of your wonderful family and the birth of your little boys help you thru this very difficult time.

Gail Snow
Gail Snow
January 30, 2013
I didn't know Todd personally but know a relative of his in Texas. After reading Courtney's words about Todd, you felt like he was a part of all of our lives. Being a cancer survivor, I know the uphill battle. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this very difficult time. God Bless You ALL!!!
Barb Mallory
January 30, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the family. Rest in peace my friend.
Creighton McDonald
January 30, 2013
Amanda- I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your true love. You are an inspiration. Thinking of you, my sympathies- Ashley Dwinell Clapp(emily's friend from Norwich.)
Ashley Clapp
January 30, 2013
Joe , Lisa and Logan Milo
January 30, 2013
Dear Amanda and Family,
Our prayers are with you and your family. Todd was an inspiration to all of us, and will never be forgotten.
God Bless you and your beautiful boys.
Our hearts go out to Todd's Parents,grandma and Susan, Eugene, and Brandon. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Joseph and Linda Milo
January 30, 2013
I am grateful to have shared a portion of my youth with Todd. He taught me a lot about myself and life in general. He was an exceptional human being who truly touched my life and the lives of others with his vitality and vivacity. I am so saddened to hear of of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his wife and his children.
Dayna Breininger Wurch
January 30, 2013
Kent just informed us last night about Todd's passing. Bob and I are in Florida for the winter....wish we could be there with all of you on the 2nd. We have just read all the comments on Todd and these people hit the nail on the head. We adored Todd...a remarkable young man...and now two very special little men to keep their dad's spirit alive.
Our love to you all!!
Pat and Bob Speedy
January 30, 2013
To the Family of Todd, to Amanda, to William and Andrew, mes plus profondes et affectueuses pensées. You will always remain an example of courage, team work and true love for me.
Catherine Bastien
January 30, 2013
My deepest sympathy for you and your family. Todd was truly an inspiration and a fighter. God Bless his wife and his boys. RIP my friend!
Chris Pagano
January 30, 2013
My deepest sympathy & condolences.
adele leonard
January 30, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Todd and Amanda's families. I know that Todd's incredible strength and spirit will live on in those beautiful twins. I hope you all can find strength and courage in the coming days, weeks, and months. Nothing can heal the loss, but I hope time will heal the pain of separation. All our best to all of you.
Laura Bartsch & Family
January 30, 2013
Andrew and I mourn the loss of Todd with you. He was remarkable for his courage, love and will to live. His spirit will live on through the wonderful William Todd and Andrew Todd. We send our profound sympathy and love for you all.
Melinda Wimpfheimer
January 30, 2013
I will always remember you warmly. Your kind heart and your beautiful smile.
Rebecca Lewis-McAfee
January 30, 2013
We would like to add our deepest condolences to Todd's extended family. Todd was an inspiration to our older son at the ages of 2 -3 when he watched Todd and the Blackhawks play at the outdoor rink in TR. Yes, he did play hockey for quite awhile thanks to Todd and the guys.
Eb & Kathi Snell
January 30, 2013
I didn't know Todd or his family but, reading his obituary touched me. What a wonderful person and what a life he lived. I am so very sorry for the loss of this magnificent person. God bless you all.
January 30, 2013
You truly were an inspiration to all of us.  I've met a lot of great people in my life and no one has ever come close to your positive attitude and ability to overcome any obstacle through sheer will power. This world is going to miss the love Gov.
Kevin Mills
January 30, 2013
Todd you will be missed by so many. You were a true inspiration. Your legacy will live on in your beautiful boys. Prayers and thoughts are with your family. God Bless your amazing wife Amanda and your two precious boys. Rest in peace, Todd. You will never be forgotten.
Terry Mills
January 30, 2013
My Deepest sympathy to Todds family
in the lost of a wonderful person.
Todd rest in peace
January 30, 2013
Sarah Frechette
January 30, 2013
34 years of friendship has made an indelible impression on my life. Wherever we were the bond continued, as it still will. RIP McGov.
Marty Morrison
January 30, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your families at this time. Todd was an amazing person. We are blessed from having known him. Jeanie & Tony Granata
Jeanie Granata
January 30, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy.
Gisele Hull
January 30, 2013
You where an inspiration to many Todd.. Never give in, and NEVER give up! Rest easy my brother and god bless.
Jamie Zelinsky
January 30, 2013
Our deepest sympathies for you and your family. Todd was truly an inspiration and his legacy will live on through your two beautiful boys. God Bless you all during this difficult time.
Heather & Rutledge Varley
January 30, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Todd. I remember Todd from Little League baseball small on size but big on talent. He was one of the nicest kids I remember that played in our league and had wonderful supporting parents. My deepest sympathy goes to his wife and parents.
Ray Sackmann
January 30, 2013
God Bless you Todd. You were an inspiration to all, a true and wonderful role model. Your courage, character, and dignity will forever be remembered.
Mitch Schwefel
January 29, 2013
You are forever in my heart, Gov 21. I hope there are many hat tricks and walks on the beach where you are. Love to Amanda and your little guys.
Neil Vigdor
January 29, 2013
Your light shines through all of our tears.
Sarah frechette Potts
January 29, 2013
To the family of Todd, you have my deepest sympathy and I'm sure you miss him very much. I hope you may find comfort with the possibility of being reunited with Todd in the near future, under peaceful, righteous conditions. John 17:3
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