Theodore “Ted” Nixon, Jr., 71, of Palmyra, Va., passed away peacefully in eternal rest on December 8, 2022. He was exactly where he wanted to be, with his daughter and son-in-law, resting comfortably and surrounded by those he loved the most.
Ted is survived by his devoted daughter Lisa Beach (Jason), his mother Iris Nixon, his brother Roger Nixon (Betsy), Seth Beach (whom he loved as a grandson), Ollie Beach (his little dog -beloved), as well as many aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family who will miss him dearly.
Ted was predeceased by his gregarious and loving wife Christine Nixon, his father Theodore Nixon, Sr., his grandmother Katherine Wells, his brother Richard “Rick” Nixon, his sister-in-law Loretta “Ret” Nixon and his mother. -daughter-in-law Elizabeth “Betsy” Lynch. What an incredible homecoming he undoubtedly experienced as he left his earthly home and entered Heaven.
Ted was born in New Jersey in 1951 to Theodore Nixon Sr. and Iris Nixon. He was the eldest of three boys and grew up in Vincentown, New Jersey, where he had many positive and wholesome memories with his brothers Roger and Rick Nixon, extended family and close friends. After graduating from Lenape High School, Ted joined the military in 1971 where he spent three years as a cartographer/draughtsman and ended up working at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. While in the military, he also took a part-time job with the Stanwick Corporation, where he met and fell in love with Christine. The two married in August 1973 and soon after bought a house in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1981, Ted and Christine adopted Lisa and completed their family. Ted relished the joy of fatherhood and had an incredible, unbreakable bond with his daughter Lisa until his last breath. Ted found satisfaction working for an architectural firm and later for various government contractors in support of military operations in the busy DC area.
Although Ted has faced challenges in his life, each one has been faced head-on with strength and determination. He survived a life-threatening car accident, a serious and successful battle with cancer, and the loss of his wife, Christine, in 2005. Despite these challenges and setbacks, he continued to seek the positive. in life and to be there for his daughter. . He ultimately decided to sell his 43-year-old home and move to Palmyra, Virginia to be closer to Lisa. He bought a new house, a new car and moved to a new city. Those who knew Ted know he was a creature of habit and big changes weren’t his forte. So, uprooting his city life and moving to the countryside was a huge leap of faith. He embraced the changes and was able to enjoy many more years and create treasured memories with Lisa and Jason.
Ted will be greatly missed. He was a quiet man, but his dry humor and wit made him an unsuspecting comedian. He knew what he liked and how he wanted things, and he wasn’t afraid to tell you how those things should be. He was meticulous and punctual, but also able to adapt when necessary. Whenever you do any of the following things in life, think of Ted and smile at his memory and impact, as these were some of his favorite joys and special traits: watching the news or reading the newspaper, clipping coupons, being frugal, making a grocery list, cooking a signature meal, admiring and/or driving sleek and fast cars, driving a manual vehicle, swimming, listening to country music or classic rock and stomp to the beat, share a random fact, count to the opening day of the baseball season, cheer on the Washington Nationals, adore your child.
Ted had a selfless and humble heart and he loved with all his heart with his family at the center. In the end, he was tired and ready to let go. His life was well lived and well loved. If Ted could leave us one last thought, it would be “what a wonderful world”.
The family would like to give special thanks to Legacy Hospice for their loving care and guidance throughout Ted’s transition. Thanks also to Hill & Wood Funeral Service for the arrangements.
The family will receive friends and loved ones at Hill & Wood Funeral Home located at 201 North 1st Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. there will be a short memorial service to honor and celebrate Ted’s life, then fellowship will continue until 8:00 p.m. Military funeral honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Fluvanna Meals on Wheels or Legacy Hospice in Ted’s memory.
Posted on December 11, 2022
Published in the Burlington County Times