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Todd Marshall  Forrest  

Todd Marshall Forrest

November 28, 1960 – February 25, 2016

Todd Forrest of Newark, DE, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the age of 55.

Todd, an avid mountain biker and active member of the tri-state mountain bike community, battled Multiple Myeloma for 4 years.

Surrounded by his loving family, he crossed the finish line of the greatest endurance race ever ridden. Todd was a gifted Finish Carpenter for 30 years and is described by those around him as a wonderful father and husband, larger than life, inspirational, courageous, and an eternal spirit with an ever present sense of humor. His legacy of friendship, honor, courage, stewardship, and a love of life has had a tremendous impact on anyone who had the honor to cross his path. That legacy will be carried forward by all those who knew and loved him.

Todd is survived by his wife and soulmate Wendy, his devoted daughters and sons-in-law Jennifer and Billy Grybowski and Rebeccah and Tommy Brooking, and his cherished granddaughter Mesa Grybowski.

He is also survived by his mother Anne and her husband Bob Fienberg, his father Jerry and his wife Lee, and his mother-in-law Sue Steeves; his siblings Brett, Dean, Chad, Deanna and her husband Justin Merritt and Leesa and her husband Randy Jekel, along with Jian, Shen, and Ailee. There is also a host of aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and his “brother from another mother” Alan Turns.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Fair Hill fairgrounds on Saturday, April 30, 2016. More details to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

“Pedal Pedal Pedal!”

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  1. Rita, February 29, 2016

    Todd will be missed by many people. Our hearts go out to you Wendy and your whole family.

    Love,
    Rita

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    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Thank you Rita. Everything about you – professionally and personally – has been invaluable to us these past four + years. You are amazing and I will thank you from my heart always.
      Wendy ❤️

      Reply
  2. Williams Family, February 29, 2016

    I read the obituary about the loss of your loved one and I extend
    my sincere condolences. At this time you are feeling an unbearable
    pain, and experiencing a great loss. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our
    refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.”
    He will help you get through this difficult time. (Isaiah 41:10)
    I hope this brief Bible message has brought you a measure of comfort
    in this difficult time.

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  3. Barry Regan, March 1, 2016

    Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss. What do you say about someone you worked with, laughed with, and broke bread with for years. Word seem so insufficient. Even though it has been a few years since Todd has worked for me on a regular basis we stayed in touch and talk from time to time about how work was going. I will miss those talks we would have because Todd was always so positive and left me feeling hopeful about the future. To know I will never be able to work with, talk with, or laugh with Todd again is very painful, so the level of pain and loss you and your family must feel must be great. Todd was not an employee to me, he was and still is my friend.

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    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Hi Barry,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Todd had great respect for you and was grateful for your faith in him and your encouragement as he continued to hone his craft and eventually be confident enough to go out on his own.
      You were a good friend Barry.
      Thank you ❤️
      Wendy

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  4. Steve & Lynn Stallone, March 1, 2016

    Very sorry to hear of Todds passing. What a wonderful person. We had the pleasure of meeting Todd when he did carpentry work at our house. Great funny guy and a very talented carpenter. Very big loss, Todd will be missed. Peace to your family during this difficult time.

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    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Thank you for your kind words.
      Todd truly loved what he did for a living. It was art to him. Thank you for welcoming him into your home.
      Wendy

      Reply
  5. Jacquie St John, March 1, 2016

    God bless you Todd Forrest…
    I’m thinking you are gathering everyone around for a grand race around
    Heaven.. Some people live many more years and never accomplish near
    What you have done in such a short time… ❌❌

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  6. Kelly Tyrrell, March 1, 2016

    Thanks for teaching us all how to live. We will miss you, Todd, but in our hearts, you will live forever.

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  7. Dennis Smith, March 1, 2016

    Will miss riding with my friend. He always liked a good challenge as did I giving him one…until I had to match the inevitable response and throwdown. Good fun.

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  8. Rick Simile, March 1, 2016

    Todd, you were a long time friend and a brother. You were a very very funny Dude. There was always a smile to be had with all your joking around. You were also a very witty Dude for sure and I always had a hard to competing as you won the whittyness contest most if the time and they say I am pretty good at it. I will never forget you Brotha. RIP now Bro, RIP. Prayers, Peace, and comfort to the entire family and your group of really great friends.
    Your Pal Always
    Rick Simile

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  9. Lynn Comegys, March 1, 2016

    To Wendy,Jennifer,Rebeccha and the entire family, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. He was a wonderful person and I know your sadness is great! Please try to keep faith knowing he is smiling down on all of you now.
    God bless you and know if you need to talk, I’m just a quick e-mail away!

    Sincerely,
    Lynn Comegys

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  10. lynn hooper, March 1, 2016

    I know he is tearing up the trails in heaven.

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  11. Steve Herbster, March 1, 2016

    There aren’t enough words to describe how awesome Uncle Todd was. One of the coolest, toughest, and funniest guys around. He had the most infectious laugh, and could bring a smile to anyone’s face. Just sitting around the fire and joking with him are some of my fondest memories. He’ll always be with us, and I’ll always hear his laughter. You’ll be greatly missed. Love you Uncle Todd.

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  12. Max and Teresa Krause, March 1, 2016

    To the Forrest family,
    We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Todd. He truly was a wonderful person. He did so much outstanding work for us with his great carpentry skills. He did a beautiful job finishing our basement and he was a fun guy to have around. Todd will certainly be missed. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

    Max and Teresa Krause

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    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Hi,
      It was nice to see your names and read your kind words. Todd loved working with you two and was grateful for the opportunity you offered him.
      Thank you for welcoming him into your home and your hearts.
      Wendy ❤️

      Reply
  13. Bruce and Barbara Boehmer, March 1, 2016

    Bruce and I are sending our love to you Wendy and all of your family. Todd was an inspiration to Bruce with his positive fight toward this truly ugly disease. Even though we didn’t know him very long, he will be dearly missed.

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    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Hi,
      I have been thinking of you two a lot.
      My prayers and hopes are always with you.
      Thank you for your kind words.
      Please keep me updated.
      Wendy ❤️

      Reply
  14. Marianne Zito, March 1, 2016

    To Wendy and Todd family friends and relatives I am so sorry to hear of Todd passing I grew up with Todd in northminster and as kid I enjoy being friends with him my heart is heavy today and I know Todd is pedaling away in heaven with no pain at all I can’t not express how sorry I feel of Todd passing but just remember he is looking down and smiling and watching over all his friends family god I hate cancer it sucks !!! God bless to Wendy and family amen

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  15. Peter Castle, March 1, 2016

    I had the pleasure of knowing Todd since our days of growing up in Brandywine Hundred. Years ago Todd completed a back yard deck project for our home that was masterfully done. Todd was a genuine kind hearted person and I am grateful for having known him.

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  16. Steve Kubla/Don Stradley, March 2, 2016

    I was so sad to read of the passing of Todd. Todd did some beautiful carpentry work in our home in the way of built-in cabinets and shelves and a bathroom remake. His work was impeccable and we love it to this day. Our heartfelt condolences to all of Todd’s family and friends.

    Steve Kubla and Don Stradley

    Reply
  17. Jim Shaw, March 2, 2016

    A loss to the world. Todd will be remembered as a superb human being. He will be missed by all whom knew him. Know the wind will always be at his back while he rides and never a flat. Ride on Todd. Best wishes to all his family and friends

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  18. Bruce & Liz Hobler, March 3, 2016

    Wendy: Our hearts, love and hugs go out to you and your family. There just are no words, just prayers.
    Liz & Bruce

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  19. Scot & Melanie Arnold, March 3, 2016

    We were so sorry to read of Todd’s passing. We had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago when he built a beautiful staircase in our home. His workmanship was excellent and we were impressed by his positive, energetic attitude. Our deepest sympathies to Todd’s family and friends.

    Scott & Melanie

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  20. Bess Beste, March 3, 2016

    Dear Wendy,
    I was so sorry and sad to read that you lost your dear husband. I met him when he spoke to us at the massage cancer class at UofDe.He was so sincere when he spoke to us and you could just sense that he was a great person.
    I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling now.
    I will keep you all in my prayers
    Bess Beste

    Reply
    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Thank you Bess

      Reply
  21. Harriet B. Ansul, March 5, 2016

    Dear Ann: I was so saddened to read of Todd’s early passing. No Mother should ever have to bury a child. I remember our early years in Northminister and the fun we all had – they were good times.
    Wendy I never met you, but my heart goes out to you and your children and all the Forrest Family. Such a devastating loss, but I am sure you have wonderful memories to sustain you and carry you through.
    Todd, I feel so sad that you were forced to leave your family so young, May you rest in peace. Harriet B. Ansul

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  22. Nicole & Jr Rhoades, March 5, 2016

    Wendy & Family,
    We are truly sorry for your loss Todd was gem with a beautiful personality. He will truly be missed! If you need anything please let us know, you are but a stones throw away. sorry, no words

    Nicole & JR Rhoades

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  23. Janet Chandler, March 8, 2016

    Dear Wendy,
    Blessings to you and your family as you deal with the loss of your husband, Todd. I hope you are able to find comfort in the precious memories of his life.
    Hugs,
    Janet

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    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Thank you Janet.
      My prayers and hopes are with you always.
      Wendy ❤️

      Reply
  24. Sena Garber, March 9, 2016

    Dear Wendy and Family,
    I was very sorry to read about the passing of your beloved husband. Please accept my sincerest sympathy on your loss. May pleasant memories provide some comfort to you and your family.

    Sena Garber

    Reply
    • Wendy Forrest, March 13, 2016

      Thank you for your kind words Sena

      Reply

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