84, of Sewickley, passed on Wednesday, January 23, 2014. He was born in 1930 in Wilkinsburg, son of Lemuel Howard and Hannah Wilcox; beloved husband to the late Marjorie (Waddell) Wilcox; loving father of Duncan, Geoffrey (Nancy) Louise, Elizabeth and the late Robert (Sarah); grandfather of Abigale, Gregory, Meghan, Lemuel Wilcox, Annie and Thomas Wilcox, Jessica and James Dixon. He graduated from Kiski boarding school, Bucknell University and served four years in the United States Navy. After his service he worked for his father's company (Wilcox Bros.), then started his own container trash business (the first of its kind) in Pittsburgh. He moved to Chagrin Falls to follow the trash industry in Cleveland, eventually landing in Sewickley employed as a steel salesman. That was not enough, and with the gracious consent of his wife he purchased the Sewickley Hotel (a local tavern at the time known for its hard boiled eggs and fried sauerkraut balls). His knowledge of good food and friends was the perfect recipe for turning the tavern into a hugely successful restaurant that people still talk about today. From his hand carved strip steaks (served on sizzlers), juicy burgers (Natty's patties) cooked over hardwood, to his famous Caesar salad, he was living his dream. He was famous for his wit, humor, piano playing skills, charm, and love of a good cigar. He ventured out into the restaurant business to the Iron Butterfly and Tessaros in Bloomfield, but none as close to his heart as the Sewickley Hotel. He was a partner and owner of Pittsburgh Technical Institute for a time. He was an accomplished chef in his own right and will be remembered by his children for "the best" sandwiches, roast beef and leg of lamb dinners, laden with butter filled whipped potatoes, peas and Mancinis bread. Nathaniel spent the last few years in a nursing home and as we have discovered, was a favorite of the nurses (surprise, surprise). He often took day trips through Access (a blind and deaf old cripple, he called himself) to have Drunch (drink and lunch)! The nurses have many stories and openly wept of his passing. He touched many lives, in different ways. He began a short essay "Notes from a Warehouse" (about his time spent at the nursing home). We will celebrate his life and his recently deceased son (Robert) on Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Memorial Day weekend) in a restaurant to be determined (all are welcome to share their stories). We will post the memorial arrangements via Facebook and the obituaries in early May. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Partners for Quality/Citizens Care, PFQ.org. Arrangements by RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME, of Sewickley.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 26, 2014