W. Travis Nixon Beloved husband, son and father CANANDAIGUA - W. Travis Nixon, age 36, peacefully ended his long and serious 13-year fight with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones, on Friday, May 16, 2008. Travis was born April 12, 1972 in Canandaigua and was the son of Walter T. and Irene (Peck) Nixon. He was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Nazareth College, where he earned degrees in studio art and philosophy. Since 1995, he had been the owner of Coyote's Den in Canandaigua. His contributions to the community included Canandaigua City Council since 2000, a member and past president of Downtown Business Association, Business Improvement District and Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. He was also a board member for Canandaigua Salvation Army and Canandaigua Youth Group. In 2006, Travis was honored by receiving the Bill Peterson Award from American Lung Association. Travis started the renovation of the playground at Sonnenberg Gardens in his father's name; this project was very important to him. His hobbies included pottery, Buffalo Sabres and gaming with his children and friends who came into the Coyote's Den. He is survived by his beloved wife, Laura Pothier; mother, Irene Nixon and stepfather John of Canandaigua; step-daughter, Gabe Timmerman of Canandaigua: mother-in-law, Mary Pothier of Canandaigua: grandfather, Eddie Peck of Victor; aunts and uncles, Bill and Jeanne Nixon of Canandaigua, Terri Fletcher of Phoenix, Ariz., Jeanne and Richard McGregor of Corning, N.Y., Ginger and Dan Seeley of Fairport, Mary Lou Peck of Pittsford, Eddie and Sherry Peck of Shortsville and Peter and Cheri Peck of Charlotte, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and kindred spirits who meant so much to him, especially Tammy Prull. He was predeceased by his father, Walt Nixon in 2006; grandmother, Peg Peck; and grandparents, Reid and Mildred Nixon. Friends may call Wednesday, May 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Kennedy & Son Funeral Home Inc., 15 Bristol St., Canandaigua. A memorial service will be held immediately following visitation at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sonnenberg Playground or Sands Cancer Center.
Published in Daily Messenger on May 18, 2008.