nicholas cosenza
Nicholas Samuel Cosenza, III, 62, of Weirton died Sunday, February 16, 2020, at the Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Nick was born in Weirton, WV, on November 30, 1957. At an early age, Nick started working around cars. At the age of 25, with two hundred dollars in his pocket and a lot of talent in autobody repair, Nick went into business for himself. Over the years, Nick's Auto Sales and Rebuilders has not only become a well-known business in the Tri-State Area but a world-renown authority for expertise in towing and recovery. When you met Nick, it would not take long to notice the love he had for his daughter, Jodie, and his grandson, Nicholas. A man who truly loved his work and took great pride in his fleet, Nick will be remembered for his warm smile and generosity to others in need. Nick was preceded in death by his father, Nicholas S. Cosenza, II, and his brother, Ronald “Ron - Ron” Richards. Nick will be remembered with love by his daughter, Jodie Snodgrass, and her husband, Bryan, and their son, Nicholas; his brothers, Richard "Rick" Cosenza (Sandy), Harry Richards (Lisa), Nicky Lee and Patsy Cosenza; sisters, LaDonna Orlando, Carrie Ellison (Cody), Anna and Shirley Cosenza; and his stepfather, Ronald Richards (Jan). Visitation will be 6-8 PM Friday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Saturday at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Saint Paul’s Cemetery. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. Nick was a great community minded man that helped the fire service in many ways! From emergency response to donating cars for auto extrication classes at Weirton VFD Company #1 on County Road. He was a friend to everyone of us and helped those in need all the time. He was a Staple in the Weirton Community and will sorely be missed by all that knew him and loved him!! I will miss him personally as a friend and a problem solver!!! Jody you now have a Guardian Angel that will watch over you and your family. God Bless you all and may God wrap his arms around you and give you strength in these sad times!!

  2. Dear Jodie,Bryan,Nicholas and family. Nick was the very best. Sure will miss you friend. Will be praying for you. RIP buddy. Love , Aria family

  3. Husband and I have known Nick for many years. Our hearts go out to the family. We will miss him a lot. RIP Nick. Our deepest sympathy.

  4. There are no words to explain the sadness myself and my family are feeling at this time. We all loved Nick and he will be greatly missed. Jodie and family we are so very very sorry.

  5. Jodie I am so sad to learn of your fathers passing. He was an icon to many for his goodness and his wealth of knowledge. He made many days bearable handling all the wrecker requests. God Bless Marsha Kazienko

  6. I shared Nick’s birthday to the day and got to know him through my uncle, Richard Wojcik. Every year my uncle, an announcer on WSTV Radio, would send birthday wishes out to me and Nick over the airwaves. RIP, Nick.

  7. So sorry for your loss of nick. He was a very nice guy to everyone. I worked for steubenville truck center. When we needed truck undecked nick was right there with his mack. We started undecking trucks one day I can recall when he told me to climb up in the first one. When he started lifting it up it start pushing towards his wrecker. And I thought for sure it was going to upset it but quick think I jumped out of the truck a thrown something under the wheels of the third truck to stop it. He was screaming at me telling me to push on the brakes but the brakes would not work with the wheels off the ground. Then when he saw what I did was so happy. After we got them undecked we was standing there talking and at that time we started laughing. He told me thanks for the quick thinking. I told him he was welcome. He always towed our trucks for van’s iron & metal….. thank you NICK you will be sadly missed by everyone. R.I.P. NICK someday we will see each other again over the horizon. Prayers for his family during GB this time.

  8. Nick and his daughter Jodie worked out many a deal with us on cars. It saddens us that we will not make any more deals. Rest in peace Nick. Our thoughts are with you, Tom and Melissa Strohmeyer

  9. Many of nights when I worked midnight at the answering service, Nick would come to bring me coffee. There was one night where we had a bad snow storm and roads were bad. When I got done at 7am Nick was there with my car attached to a tow truck and said it was to bad for me to drive home. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Mara Shaffer

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