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Joel P. Nixon


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Joel P. Nixon Obituary
Joel P. Nixon, a pioneer in the sports television industry, died on October 6, 2016 after a short illness. He was just a few weeks shy of his 87th birthday. Currently a resident of Littleton, Colorado, he lived the bulk of his working life in New York City and New Jersey. He lived in New Mexico and Arizona in retirement. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elaine Harvey Nixon; son J. Peter Nixon and his wife Gina Cattalini of Concord, California; daughter Kelly Nixon Mayr and her husband Paul Mayr of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and grandchildren Joseph Nixon, Megan Nixon, Rose Yates, Jack Mayr, Grace Mayr, Daniel Mayr, Michael Mayr, Maria Mayr, Margaret Mayr, Angelita Mayr, and Alexander Mayr. A college radio sports broadcaster, Nixon began his national sports career in 1953 as Producer of the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, Americas first year-round sports television program. Before becoming Vice President of Broadcasting for the National Hockey League in 1979, he had served as Executive Producer for the telecasts of the early New York Mets, Director of Sports for Doyle Dane Bernbach, and Senior Vice President of New Yorks Madison Square Garden. At the NHL, he was instrumental in expanding hockeys national and regional cable exposure in North America and internationally. In 1989, he organized the first tour of the former Soviet Union by North American hockey teams. Retiring from the NHL in 1993, he continued his involvement in the sport he loved, helping to found minor league hockey franchises in New Mexico and Louisiana. A 1950 political science graduate of Princeton University, he maintained his long interest in international affairs as an officer of the United Nations Association of Southern Arizona, the Tucson Great Decisions Association and a member of the Tucson Committee on Foreign relations. He and his wife moved to Littleton, Colorado 18 months ago to be closer to family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his calling hours Friday Oct. 14th from 5-8PM at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin. His graveside funeral service will be held Saturday Oct. 15th, at 11AM at St. Marys Cemetery, Beaver St. Franklin. Interment will follow. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com.
Published in The Country Gazette from Oct. 11 to Oct. 21, 2016
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