Howard Joseph Nixon Sr.


NAUGATUCK — Howard Joseph Nixon Sr., affectionately known as Howie, passed away on June 24, 2023, at the age of 92, at the Lutheran Home in Southbury.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1930, in Naugatuck, to John and Madeline Nixon.

Howie was a man who lived his life with kindness, humility and a warm smile.

He was a devout Roman Catholic, and his faith was the cornerstone of his life.

Howie practiced his faith every day through prayers for hundreds of family members and friends, living a truly faithful life.

Howie was preceded in death by his parents, John and Madeline; his brothers John, Richard, Irving, David, Louis, and Terrence Nixon; and his sisters, Mary Nixon Shank and Ann Nixon Carmody. He was also predeceased by his son David John Nixon.

Howie was married to the love of his life, Betsey Smith Nixon, for 68 years. Together they had five children: Howard J. Nixon Jr., David J. Nixon, Ellen B. Nixon Mancuso, Sheila W. Nixon, and Timothy G. Nixon.

Howie is survived by his brother Kevin; his son Howard Jr., daughter Ellen and her husband Richard Mancuso, his daughter Sheila Nixon, and son Timothy Nixon and his wife Lisa Sansone. Howie also leaves behind nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Howie attended St. Francis of Assisi School for his primary education and Naugatuck High School for his secondary education. He went on to attend and graduate from Dean Junior College in Massachusetts.

In 1952, Howie was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served his two-plus years in South Korea, returning home in 1954. He was a proud veteran. Howie worked at Uniroyal Inc., in the Synthetic and Chemical divisions, in Naugatuck, for 32 years and retired at the age of 62.

Howie was an incredible athlete, a lifelong swimmer and adult softball player, but was best known for his running career. He was an avid runner for more than five decades, running six marathons and well more than 25,000 miles.

A viewing was to be Tuesday, June 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck. Burial was to immediately follow at St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck.

In lieu of flowers, one of Howie’s favorite charities was the Association of Marian Helpers (

The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Lutheran Home of Southbury for the loving care they provided Howie.

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