LOCKER--Aaron, 86, died peacefully at home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL on November 15, 2013. He was also a long time resident of Manhasset and Westhampton Beach, NY He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Renee, sons Frederick (Lori), Jeffrey, Keith (Stacey), grandchildren Alexandra, Sydney, Daniel and Samantha and sister Elinore Lambert. He served in the Armed Forces in World War II, graduated CCNY and NYU Law School. A charming, intelligent and rational counsel and advocate for his clients, including the Toy Industry Association, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, various other Trade Associations and many of their members. He also served as a director of several global companies. A highly respected pioneer in Consumer Product Safety Legislation and Member of the United States Chamber of Commerce (Chair of their Committee on Product Safety) and frequent contributor of congressional testimony on such subject. In 1993 he was honored and inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame, which noted that he guided the Association through the perils of government regulation. His forceful and articulate advocacy of members' interest helped to establish the American Toy Industry's leadership role worldwide. He was a prodigious reader and history buff. A dashing and articulate figure, his life-long passions revolved around the sea and the mountains. He loved the ocean and nothing gave him greater pleasure than fishing, boating, swimming and sailing along its shores. He had an enthusiastic passion for skiing. He enjoyed sharing these adventures with his family. Although measured in thought and speech he loved to drive, boat and ski fast. He was worldly, adventurous and lived life on his own terms. His wry wit, thoughtful counsel and zest for life will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. A private service will be held for him in Florida with a memorial in New York at a later date. Any donations in his memory can be made to the Toy Industry Foundation (Toyindustryfoundation.org) and Hospice of Palm Beach County (hpbcf.org).
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 17, 2013