Todd Shane Swenson, 36, of West Haven, died on October 27, 2011. He was the son of Susan Ruickoldt Andersen of West Haven and the late Donald Andersen and William Swenson of New Hampshire. Todd was born on October 6, 1975, with his twin sister, Alexis Swenson Ybarra of Hawaii. He also leaves with sorrow, his sisters Melanie Swenson of West Haven, Merriel Swenson Green of VA, Kristen Andersen Arusiewiz of East Haven, Donna Moss of North Branford, his brother, Gary Andersen of West Haven and his uncle, Douglas Ruickoldt of West Haven. Predeceased by his uncle, William Ruickoldt. Todd was a kind, talented, caring person. He was a theater major at North Carolina School of the Arts after receiving valuable lessons from West Haven High class of 1995. His remarkable talent and love for the theater enabled him to star in 'The Goat' with Sally Field and Bill Irwin, on Broadway, a Tony Award Winner play. We will miss him all the days of our lives. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, November 1st at BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service celebrating Todd's life at 8 p.m.

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  1. Dear Sue and family – Our hearts are broken with the loss of Todd. We are thinking of you and offer our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Pam and Keith Harris

  2. Susan and children: Extended sympathy on the death of your son,Todd Shane. Thinking of you at this time. Husband Donald and wife Joan Ryder ALLEN Daughters in Georgia, Alisha and Kim

  3. Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. I tried to call but your number was changed. Having lost my brother and nephew, Danny, to similar situations, I know all to well what a loss it is for you, and the kids. I am praying for you and the family. Love, Valerie

  4. Todd, We will never forget your humor, your talent, and your kind gentle way. As Mr. Amato would say, you were .Wonderful!.. My heart breaks for your family at this difficult time.

  5. Melanie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss of Todd. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your hearts be warmed by loving memories of your time with him. Love, Karen

  6. On behalf of Dean Gerald Freedman and the faculty of the School of Drama at UNC School of the Arts, we extend our sincerest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family of our beloved alumni Todd. He was a very special, uniquely talented and warmly personable young man and his accomplishments made us very proud. We will always miss him and remember him with love and admiration. Robert Beseda, Assistant Dean of Drama, UNCSA

  7. To all of Todd’s family, Please know that you are in our prayers during this very sad time. We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. Love, Sam & Kelly Anne

  8. Todd was a great friend throughout high school and his humor and charm will be missed. He was a light that can never be put out in our hearts.

  9. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find peace in happy memories. Sincerely, Jennifer and Joe Hall

  10. Allie, You and your family are in my thoughts as you remember Todd’s life. I hope he has found the peace & light he deserves. He will forever be your Angel! JD

  11. I am *so* sorry to hear of Todd’s untimely passing. I will always remember his wonderful, radiant smile. Only knowing Todd through Melanie, nonetheless, he made a strong impression on me and I recall him as a very sweet, warm, kind person. Another thing that I can’t ever forget is the way he laughed…my heart is breaking for you all. I hope warm memories are a source of great comfort in the days and weeks to come. <3

  12. Sue and family, We are deeply and truly sorry for your loss. Know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Love, Mike, Pam, Preston and Bennie Green

  13. To Allie and your family I am so sorry for your loss. I only have the opportunity to meet Todd just a few times when Allie and I live together in college. He was a very nice and kind to Allie. I know what it is like to have a twin brother and the connection that we have like no other. You and your family our in my thoughts and I so sorry for your loss. Sherry and Rob Toscano

  14. Melanie I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Todd was such a kind sweet person. You and your family will be in my prayers. your old friend Alison

  15. I just found out about Todd although I haven’t spoken with him in years I still thought he was such a sweet guy and funny too. He will be missed for sure.

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