Brendan Cody (Ward Melville, Nassau CC, JHU) Passes Away

Brendan Cody of Abingdon, Maryland passed away on November 10. He was just 44 years old. Cody was a 1988 graduate of Ward Melville High School (NY), where (as described by friend Bob Betcher) he was "considered one of the premier athletes to have come out of the ... athletic program. He was a three sport athlete and a key member, captain, and All-State selection of the 1987 Rutgers Championship football team ... He was also a captain, midfielder, and a NYS Offensive MVP on the WM lacrosse state championship team. The 1988 win was a particularly special state championship win in Ward Melville history since it was the first time that Melville regained the crown after being absent from the states for 10 years. This was a catalyst for the state championship runs that later Melville teams would make."

Cody went on to play lacrosse and football at Nassau Community College. The lacrosse team reached the national title game both years, winning the championship in 1990. He later played lacrosse as a midfielder at Johns Hopkins. He scored four times in his final game for the Blue Jays in the 1992 Final Four against Princeton. Cody was inducted to the Ward Melville Hall of Fame in 2003.

Cody had a rare form of cancer that required extensive nasal and brain surgery at Johns Hopkins followed by radiation and chemotherapy. The treatment appeared to be successful for a time, but the cancer had spread, and his condition quickly worsened. He was moved to the Stella Maris hospice, where visitors included his high school coaches, coaches from Nassau CC, Tony Seaman, and Dave Pietramala.

Information on visitation and services can be found at the McComas Funeral Home web site.

Betcher says that the focus now is on supporting Brendan's wife Lauren and young daughters Caitlyn and Lindsay and dealing with "skyrocketing medical bills." If you're interested in helping, checks can be addressed to Lauren Cody and sent to Bob Betcher, 11 Dover Ct., Wading River, NY 11792.


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