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    Hello all, the following is a message concerning Tod Giles' passing and service arrangements. Tod was a coach, mentor, and friend of mine and he will be sadly missed. If anyone needs further information please feel free to contact me via email 'coachamp05 at' or Matt as listed below.

    "Yours in Wrestling"
    - Dave Israel

    Dear Friends and Members of the Wrestling Community,

    Leonie Giles has asked me to address the wrestling community on her behalf.
    It is with great sadness and regret that I announce the death of my friend and mentor Tod Giles. Tod died peacefully on his way to the hospital on Wednesday evening. He was 45 years old. Tod is survived by his loving wife Leonie, and two children, Isaiah, 6, and Tori, 4.

    Tod was not only an ambassador for our sport, he was a mentor and inspiration to everyone he touched. As a wrestling Coach, Tod was one of the most gracious people the sport has ever known. A coach at countless clubs, the founder of the DYNAMICS School, instructor for the MWA Beat the Streets program and the CHAMPS Training center, as well as volunteer at several other programs, it often seemed as if he was everywhere. Tod?s unbridled passion and determination, to touch as many young athletes? lives as possible, is what drove him everyday of his life.

    This passion and determination were also evident at home. If you ever had the privilege of sitting down with Tod it was clear, in just moments, how proud he was to be a husband and father. It was this commitment that kept his wife and two beautiful children smiling and happy everyday.

    A fund has been established to support the future needs of Isaiah and Tori. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to this fund. More detailed information will be available in the official obituary, which will be released on Sunday, as well as at the funeral home.

    The Family will be receiving visitors on Monday from 5pm-8pm at Hannemann Funeral Home: 88 S. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960. The memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 12pm, United Church of Spring Valley, 11 East Church Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977. The official obituary will be printed on Sunday in The Journal News. It can also be accessed online at http://www.

    If you would like any other information please contact me and not the house directly. You can contact me via email at:

    Mathew Wernikoff

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    Below is the official obituary for Tod L. Giles. I have put in bold the Memorial information as well as where to send donations for the childrens scholarship fund. Thank you,

    Mathew Wernikoff


    Tod L. Giles a lifelong resident of Rockland County died suddenly on Wednesday August 22, 2007 at the age of 45. Tod was the 3rd child born to Eugene and Katherine Giles (both deceased). Tod, his wife Leonie and their two beautiful children, Isaiah (age 6) and Tori (age 4) resided in Suffern, NY. Tod attended East Ramapo Schools where he excelled in football but especially wrestling. Tod continued his wrestling success at The University of Rhode Island and Boston University where he was BU's first NCAA Division I Wrestling All American and was inducted into the BU Hall of Fame. Tod's wrestling accomplishments continued during his time in the Marine Corps where he was the World Military Games Champion and earned the honor of All-Marine Wrestler. Tod's wrestling accomplishments are numerous, the most outstanding being a 2-time alternate to the US Greco-Roman Olympic Team and World Team. Tod continued to promote the sport he loved as a coach at Boston University, the US Military Academy West Point, wrestling schools, clinics and as a personal coach, friend and roll model to many young men. Because of Tod's athletic accomplishments, sportsmanship and strength of character he was inducted into the Rockland County Hall of Fame. Tod is survived by his brother Ross (Karen), sister Leslie, stepmother Carolyn, numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and dear friends. Tod's older brother Gene is deceased. Family and friends were very important to Tod. He will be truly missed. Viewing: Monday 5-8 PM, Hannemann Funeral Home, Nyack. Memorial Service: Tuesday 12:00 noon, United Church of Spring Valley, 11 Church Street, Spring Valley; Burial for family and close friends: Thursday 11:00 AM, Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to a college fund for his children, Isaiah and Tori. Checks should be made out to Leonie Giles, 8 Scenic Drive, Suffern, NY. HANNEMANN FUNERAL HOME, INC. 88 South Broadway Nyack (845) 358-0573

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