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McGOVERN-- Todd Patrick. Todd Patrick McGovern, 38, of Allenhurst, passed away in his home on January 28, 2013. Born in Toms River, NJ on June 23, 1974, Todd has lived in Allenhurst, NJ 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, NJ; his sister Susan Bowles, brother-in-law Eugene Bowles, and nephew Brandon Bowles of Toms River, NJ; his Mother and Father-in-law Chris and Ric Costanzo of Allenhurst, NJ, and his brothers-in-law Eric and Jonathan Costanzo of Allenhurst, NJ, his nephews Dylan and Christopher and his niece Madison of Allenhurst, NJ. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:30am at St. George's-by-the-River in Rumson, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seas It (, or to The Taft School ( in Todd's name.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 30, 2013