Just saw on my Facebook timeline that former Wheeling sportswriter Nick Bedway has passed away. Nick was a great promoter of Ohio Valley and WV sports. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick’s family and his many friends!
This year’s Wheeling Central Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame Brunch will once again present a special award in recognition of a lifelong member of the Maroon Knight family.
During last year’s celebrations, the inaugural recipient of the Maroon Knight Distinguished Service Award, selected by the Hall of Fame Committee, was honored with the late Joe Bechtel to Jack and Katie Fah.
This year, the Hall of Fame committee selected two more passionate and dedicated individuals to receive the Maroon Knights’ Distinguished Service Award – Nick Bedaway and James E. Altmaier Sr.
They will receive their awards at the annual Hall of Fame Brunch at Wheeling University’s Benedum Hall on Saturday 3 October at 9am. Wheeling Central Hall of Fame is sponsored by Robinson Automotive Group.
He joined the Wheeling Press Register in 1960. Later that year, he joined The Intelligencer’s staff. In 1967, Bedway rejoined the News Register team led by Bill Van Horne. In 1971, he was promoted to Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Sports. Bedway became N-R Sports Editor in 1995 and was named executive sports editor for The Intelligencer/News-Register in 2000 until his retirement in 2005.
The OVAC Hall of Famer wrote a popular column titled “Nick’s Notebook,” as well as columns on golf, bowling, college sports, the outdoors, and the Wheeling Nailers hockey team.
His work is interesting, informative and very popular.
His work was so admired that the 1999 OVAC Media Guide was devoted to Bedway. This is just one of many awards he has won during his successful career.
Bedaway served one term as president of West Virginia. The Sports Writers Association and won the organization’s 1990 Gene Morehouse Award. He was inducted into the Ogden Newspapers 20K Classic Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame Media United in 1996.
In addition, Bedway was the first to receive the Father John Lester Award for his lifelong support of local Ohio Valley sports and youth, as well as the Dapper Dan Club of the Upper Ohio Valley Spirit and Leadership Award. He also received an award from the Wheeling Football Association of the Allegheny Mountains. Tennis Association, Wheeling Post 1 American Legion baseball team, Oglebay Park Men’s Golf Club and Ohio Valley Golf Association.
His work at News-Register also included serving as co-publicity director for the OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game from 1972 to 1990. He was also a statistician for OVAC football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, and baseball for over 25 years.
Bedway is also active in the Wheeling Lions club. In 2005, he received the Leonard Jarrett Award, the highest lion honor bestowed by the state of West Virginia. He has served as Lions club secretary, board member, media relations officer, club president, first vice president and superintendent.
Nick has been married to Judy Katona Bedway for 58 years. They have three children: Rachel in Charlotte; Becky in Stowe and Trey in Milton, West Virginia. One of their daughters, Michelle, died of cancer in 1990 at the age of 23. Bedways has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.