Todd Van Bodegom-Smith


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Posted by vandeutsch2011 on January 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM


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Reply Brian Jordan
10:44 PM on January 2, 2012 
I love you Todd, you will always be with me brother!
Reply Bryan Kollar
7:35 PM on January 3, 2012 
Todd was definitely an amazing man. You are truly missed.
Reply John Bencivengo
11:14 PM on January 3, 2012 
I remember the summer we worked at Camp Bernie and I stayed there with Todd and his family..we worked hard that summer and rode motorcycles...whenever I think about the most memorable summer of my childhood...that was the one...Todd thank you for the in peace my friend, John Bencivengo.
Reply Craige LeGrand
11:19 PM on January 3, 2012 
A loving tribute to my brother and friend, TODD, a man who did not abide by norm but was always willing to go above and beyond. Our paths may have went different routes, but the love and memories will always bring me back to the crossroads. My love goes out to my other family Neil, Heidi, Kai and Jill

Because we loved, there will be tears
Because we laughed, there will be memories
Because we lived, there will still be JOY!

Wishing and knowing I am with you all, Craige
Reply Coach Pat Pinto
1:45 PM on January 4, 2012 
To all the VBS family,
Very sorry to hear about Todd. Todd was truly an exceptional human being. He was driven to be the best he could be and I truly admired him for his courage, his passion and desire, and possessing the pure heart of a champion. May he find peace in the after life.
Coach and Mrs. Pinto
Reply Pat, Phillip & Allison Sutton
9:07 PM on January 4, 2012 
So sorry to hear about Todd - he will live on in our memories and hearts. The kids have wonderful memories of being at Camp with Cousin Todd. Our prayers are with you all now. Love, Pat, Phillip, Allison Sutton and family
Reply Anita Warnkin
9:05 AM on January 26, 2012 
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to all of Todd's family. I worked in the Camp Bernie office with Todd and Neil over 20 years ago. I still remember his bright smile and his positive outlook on life and was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Not everyone follows their passions but when I read about all that Todd accomplished, I know he did. He touched many lives and will live in the memories of many people. I hope the happy memories you shared with him throughout his life help to ease the pain of your loss.
Reply Rich Reed
9:10 PM on April 18, 2012 
I first met Todd when I worked at Camp Bernie. His father was the Camp Director. Todd was put in my Braves cabin by his father. I remember him getting stung by a bee and swelling up badly and not being able to breathe. I took him to the Doctor's where we found out he was allergic to bee stings. Todd impressed me how calm and grown up he was for an 8 year old. I lost track of Todd over the years and was saddened when I found out about the disease he had come down with. Todd was a wonderful human being. I'm sure he is profoundly missed by both family and friends. God bless you Todd VBS, I feel safe with you watching down from above.
Rich Reed
Reply Theresa Rodriguez
11:54 PM on May 10, 2012 
I know there are no right words to make anyone feel better about such a great loss. Other than Todd is in a better place . I want to say I have some of the best memories even though they go all the way back to our childhood, at the YMCA and then the best times at Camp Bernie, and in the house there. Taking baths together and having the innocence of a child. Laughing at each other trying to be quite as possible on sleep overs. I think Heidi and Todd were my best friend back then and I loved Jilly's room with all her litte dogs and other I said we where all so little then. The last time I saw an spoke to Todd was back in 1988-89. He was built - body builder for sure and I was like WOW. We laughed and talked about way back when and first crushes..He brought me out to the chapel in the woods as I had remembered it from childhood, but didn't know where it was or how I got there. After getting to see it one last time. I never returned to Camp Bernie again...But I've held some of the best memories from childhood being there . I even brought home a cat from there when I was 8 and had my cat Bernadean til I was 21. She came with me thru all the foster homes and when I married. I geuss you could say I held on to all my Camp memories, and the VanBodgen family, having that cat. I thank you all for the Best times in my childhood. My heart goes out to the whole family and how Todd and Mom are surely missed. I believe we are eternal souls, so even though they are not with you in a physical sense, they are always with matter. And the loudness of those souls I'm sure make it known one way or another thru the radio or computer, a picture falling or a sound that you think it was thier voice??? I'm sure they will give you a sign to let your know that they are still around and blessing you every chance they can....I Love you all, I may not know you Now but a part of me will always remember something about each one of yous - yes even Ky who was just a tot back when.......God Bless You All with love always (((HUGS))) (Terry Olman) Theresa
Reply Brian Murphy of Hacklebarney
4:14 AM on November 23, 2012 
I remember Todd very well from my stint as a counselor at Camp Bernie in 1981-82. Although we were not very close he was always very nice to me. I was very saddened to learn of his passing. Unfortunately, I lost a sibling three days ago, so when I go to church tomorrow to pray for my sister I will also say a prayer for Todd and the VBS - Van Deutsch families.
Reply dan cooke
8:22 AM on May 9, 2015 
Knew Todd 30 plus years ago so my memories are of a young, way too short, slow and unathletic to play college football, but play he did. He wasn't a star, but he played and he brought that joy and encouragement to all of us. And when he line you up, he brought everything he had. We didn't stay in touch after Ferrum, but I always remembered that happy hawkin spitting 5 foot nothing star of motivation. An Italian from Hartford and Todd from camp Bernie. We were very different, but for a year or so we were good friends. So sorry to all for your loss, but no doubt the good memories overwhelm, because that is what our goofy friend Todd was all about.