In memory of Sean Sweigart - GF9

$6,170 of $10k goal

Raised by 79 people in 1 month
John Kovaleski
on behalf of Alyssa Sweigart
In Loving Memory for Sean Sweigart:

Father, Brother, Son, Friend, Confidant, Mentor, Game Designer, Creative and Visionary.

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Sean Sweigart. Sean passed away over the holidays, due to complications following surgery. 

Sean spent the past 13 years working at Gale Force Nine. He was instrumental in the creation and design of the GF9 Board Game range including:

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
Firefly: the Game
Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
WWE: Superstar Showdown
Family Guy: Stewie’s Sexy Party
Star Trek: Ascendancy, and beyond.  

Sean spent his life immersed in Science Fiction and Fantasy worlds. In the early 1990s, he founded his own game store, Omnidon’s, in Hummelstown PA.  Before joining GF9, Sean worked for Games Workshop for four years, including manning the Battlewagon and running the Maryland Battle Bunker.

At his core, Sean was a story teller. He loved telling stories. His preferred method of telling stories was through imaginative game play. Sean wanted to make thematic games that told stories, games in which people could immerse themselves in the world that his games were built around. Sean succeeded many times over, helping to craft some amazing board games based on some of the most popular and iconic entertainment properties in the world. Sean was incredibly proud of his work, and rightly so. If you ever asked Sean which game was his favorite, he would say it was the one he was currently working on.

Sean was a close friend to those around him. If you were lucky enough to know Sean, you knew he was passionate about board games, video games, books, movies and the creative process that made these things great.

The only thing that Sean loved more than gaming was his brilliant daughter Alyssa. As Sean said many times in the few weeks before his passing, "Alyssa is my rock. She keeps me going."

This Gofundme campaign in Sean's memory is for his daughter Alyssa. She was with him at the end. Losing any family member can be overwhelming. Losing your father unexpectedly the day after Christmas is heartbreaking. 

In addition to the final expenses and hospital bills Sean left behind, he was also Alyssa's main support for her living and education expenses. The tuition bills are coming due and money is going to be tight. Alyssa is an amazing student and Sean wanted nothing more than for her to focus 110% on her education and future.

With Sean's passing, anything we can do to help her financially carry on in these sad times would be most appreciated. There are many of us that want Alyssa to move forward and become the person Sean knew she could to be.

Thank you all for your support!
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Update 1
Posted by John Kovaleski
1 month ago
Thank you so much from the kind words and generous donations. I wanted to let everyone know that the money is already being put to good use with Alyssa completing her college registration today and helping get the tuition bill paid. School starts again for her on Monday and I'm happy to say she is ready to go. There is still a lot to be done but we are moving in the right direction.
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$6,170 of $10k goal

Raised by 79 people in 1 month
Created January 3, 2017
John Kovaleski  
on behalf of Alyssa Sweigart
Daniel Feigley
1 day ago
john cadice
5 days ago

Well, it's not PornoftheRings - but I dearly hope my battlewagon buddy has found some rest. Hartford CT can still go and rot. Miss you Sean. John - can you hit me up if there is anything substantive we can do?

Rob Seabrook
20 days ago

Sean was a great friend and mentor. He will be deeply missed. Inspired by your memory, we'll make time for good ideas, Sean.

Pamala Stone-Manfred
22 days ago

Love you girlie! We think about your daddy every day!

Jason Delaney
25 days ago
1 month ago
Rob Bergstrom
1 month ago

Very sorry for your loss.

Grant Slayden
1 month ago
Barry Melton
1 month ago
Christopher Bakota
1 month ago

I am heartbroken. I have fond memories of Sean. He will be missed.

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