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Nicholas Hudson Coxon, III

August 30, 1950 - December 24, 2021


Obituary For Nicholas Hudson Coxon, III

After a 3 ½ year battle with renal carcinoma, Nick entered the gates of heaven on Friday, December 24, 2021 to be with our Lord.
Nick is survived by his wife and best friend of 38 years, Robyn Lorraine (Cummings) Coxon, his sons Nicholas IV (Lauren), Eric (Sydney) and Dennis Coxon, his sisters Kathy (the late Charles) Gattas and Elaine (the late David) Santore, his grandchildren Nicholas V., Morgan Ann, and expected granddaughter Ollie Dana. Son-in-law of William Cummings and brother in law of Jim, Bill (Annie), Gary (Lisa), Dennis (Theresa), David (Elizabeth) Cummings and the late Cynthia Cummings in addition to many nieces and nephews. Nick was born August 30, 1950 in East McKeesport PA. He is preceded in death by his parents Katheryn Istanish and Nicholas Coxon, Jr. He was a longtime resident with his family in Brentwood, later retiring to Baldwin. Nick was a navy corpsman serving as a combat medic in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Navy commendation medal for meritorious service while serving with the First Marine Division. He was employed by Allscripts as a systems analyst dedicated mostly to interface development. He enjoyed boating and had a great love for the woods especially Cook forest. He was a man of great committed faith and involved in his Methodist church. He was a great supporter of “Bread for the world” a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Spencer United Methodist Church at 8:45 a.m. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors. Out of love for one another the family is asking that everyone please wear a mask. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Nick’s honor to Bread for the World: 425 3rdStreet SW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20024 or at www.bread.org

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  • 12/31/2021

    Robbie: I was truly saddened to learn of Nick's death. What good memories I have of him and all of you. His gentle manner, kind smile and sense of humor were blessings. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Barba especially sends her thoughts to your sons remembering the days in The Wesley Choir. Be well; Jack Aupperle

  • 12/30/2021

    Dear Ones, Thanks so much for sharing your loved one with us at the SW PA Bread for the World Team. Over the past few years, I have had the blessing to witness Nick's commitment to ending hunger through the faith based path that Bread for the World offers - through our congregations by education and organizing advocacy/letter writing efforts to our elected officials in Washington, DC. I experienced Nick as a humble, faith-filled and caring human being. I think he wanted to do more but now he is passing on the torch to others. May Nick's life inspire all of us to greater love for one another especially those who lack life's basic necessities. We are especially touched by the decision to direct us to honor Nick's memory with a gift to Bread for the World. We are grateful! Peace and comfort to each of you, Joyce Rothermel Co-Chair of the SW PA Bread Team Friend of Nick Coxon

  • 12/29/2021

    Robbie, sons and family, Thank you for sharing a wonderful photo of Nick in his obituary notice. It captures a frequent pose for Nick as he greeted others with a spirit of inquiry, friendship and caring. We have lost a special man, who left wonderful impressions for us to remember. Bless you all. Julie McCarthy

  • 12/28/2021

    Robbie and family, I am so very sorry to read of the loss of Nick; husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor to so many. He was one of the giants in my childhood. I went to Jr and Sr High with Nick where he, Rich Bretcko and I spent countless hours together during that era. I cherish those times and remember fondly Nick and his skewed sense of humor. As all good things must, they ended after graduation when Nick stepped up and enlisted and Rich and I went our separate ways; it wasn't the same without Nick. I was gratified to read about what a fine and successful man he became, but am saddened and angered that he also became another casualty of the travesty that was Vietnam, as he wrote that his health issues were attributable to his exposure to the contaminated water at basic training. I am glad that he got to meet little NHC V, who I hope grows up to be just like his granddad. Larry Sarver Sarasota, FL

  • 12/28/2021

    Hi, I am Bob Evans. Nick and I were friends at the Allegheny Rifle Club. I have not seen Nick in years. He was a great guy, For his family I want to express my deep sympathy.

  • 12/28/2021

    My deepest sympathies. He was a great man that impacted many lives with his kindness. I was blessed to have him involved in my life since I was a toddler and lucky he was my uncle. The family is in my prayers Carey Ann

  • 12/27/2021

    Rob & family, Our love and prayers are with you all, and we are very sorry for your loss. One of my earliest memories of Nick is of the two of us catching frisbee somewhere within 40 acres while Rob finished a run. It was the day we got to know one another. My first impressions were that he was really smart, pretty funny, and had a good heart. The qualities I saw in him that day grew exponentially stronger over the years and I feel extremely blessed to have been able to call him family. He was a great friend, and an even better brother, and he will truly be missed. All our love, Dave, Elizabeth, Madeline, & Billy

  • 12/27/2021

    So very sorry for your loss Robbie, Nick, Eric and Den. We have 40 years of wonderful memories of all of you guys. Vacations every year at the beach with his boats in the bays, the Oregon Inlet, all the holidays, and just every day. A really good man who was always there when needed. A true friend who will be missed and will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Dennis and Theresa