Lockett (Lucchetti), Vincent James
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Vincent James "Jimmie" Lockett (Lucchetti), Sr. passed away March 17, 2014. He was a proud first generation Italian-American born November 4, 1920 to Angelo and Theresa Cerensi Lucchetti. His early years were spent in the rough immigrant rich working class neighborhoods (the "Nob") of Endicott in the shadow of the Endicott-Johnson shoe factory smokestacks. He was predeceased by his brothers, John and wife Matilda, Michael and wife Anna, and Americo (Sparkey); his sister, Josephine and husband Tony Panella; and infant daughters, Amy and April. He is survived by his family: Teresa and Don Law, Sherrill, NY, Vincent (Jim) and Rebecca Lockett, Vestal, NY, Alan and Donna Lockett, Lansing/Auburn, NY, and Lisa Lockett, Latham, NY; also his grandchildren: Tyson and Megan Law, Garrett Law, Ethan Law, Jake, Zachary, Maegan, Nathan, Amanda, Emily, Abigale, and Lily Lockett. Oscar Law and Riley Lockett are his great-grandchildren.
He entered the US Army in 1940 serving with the 27th Infantry Wolfhounds. On December 7, 1941, twenty-one year old Sergeant Vincent J. Lockett managed to survive the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor along with the rest of his squad. For the remainder of WWII, he bounced around the Pacific theatre which included a stint with General Douglas A. MacArthur on his campaign to liberate the Philippine Islands. He was awarded several Bronze Stars for meritorious service, a Combat Infantry Badge, and was honorably discharged in 1945.
He fell in love with the beauty, culture, and people of Hawaii while stationed at Pearl Harbor and returned whenever he could, often staying for years. As was his wish, his ashes will rest in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
Jimmie was a well-known barber on the North Side of Endicott with a popular three-chair shop called The Razor's Edge. Jimmie had friends too many to count and was generous with his friends and strangers alike. He regularly gave free haircuts to hospital patients that were unable to visit a barbershop.
He was close to Al Battaglini and the Battaglini Girls, Sammy and Grace Katsaris, Donato Roberto, Masue Lockett, and David and Mary Murakami. Jimmie cherished his many nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law, Shirley Lockett. He loved visiting these friends and family members and lived for entertaining. He perfected a recipe for lamb spiedies before anyone even knew what spiedies were. He would marinate them for days in the refrigerator and delighted in seeing how much others enjoyed them.
Jim was an active member of The Sons of Italy and especially loved attending the annual venison dinner where he could eat his fill (enough for three men) and visit with family and old friends. He was also a member of the American Legion, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the Independent Mutal Aid Association #439.
Although he never attended college, he implored, (pestered) his grandchildren to continue their education and was proud of the efforts that each and every one of them made toward that goal.
The family of Jimmie would like to recognize the incredible, personal care that he received during his stay at the veteran's home. It seemed that everyone there had a story about him. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation in his name to the NYS Veterans Home, 4207 State Highway 220, Oxford NY 13830.
A Memorial mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 22 at St. Anthony's Church, Endicott, NY.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2014