Thomas E. "Rocky" Lockwood|
March 13 ~ A very special day!
We choose to celebrate a very special person, Thomas E. "Rocky" Lockwood, who would have been 70 years old today.
The road of Rocky's life started in Providence, R.I., where he was born and spent his childhood. He then joined the Air Force and spent 4 years in Texas at Amarillo AFB. From there, Rocky moved to St. Petersburg, FL, and served the next 20 years of his life as a Police Officer on the St. Petersburg Police Department. During this time, Rocky received his BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Tampa. Upon graduation, he put on a second uniform: that of the US Army Reserves. When Rocky retired from the Police Department in 1986, he returned to active duty in the Army AGR program and was "shipped" to Ft. Lewis, WA. Rocky served the next 5 years in the 319th MI Brigade as a CW3 until medical issues forced his retirement from the Army in 1992.
For the next 20 years, Rocky honed his cooking skills and shared his time and talents with various missions, such as Community Supper, Tent City 4, and Friends of Youth, as well as those at his church, Lake Washington UMC in Kirkland. He was also an avid Mariners baseball fan. When he wasn't at the game, Rocky was glued to the TV or radio, listening to Dave Niehaus' magical voice calling the game. In 1997, he was featured in the Seattle Times as the "ultimate Mariners fan."
Rocky truly loved his family, as well as his friends and his church, who became his "extended family." While gruff on the outside, his heart was huge and his grin was welcoming. Even though we lost Rocky too soon on January 20, his spirit will always live in our hearts. So, on this day, we choose to celebrate a life lived well! Here are Happy Birthday wishes to one amazing and inspiring man, who spent his life serving others!
Thanks for the memories, Rocky!
If you would like to give a birthday gift in Rocky's memory, please mark your donation as "Rocky's Memorial" for the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at Lake Washington UMC, 7525 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033. This fund helps people in need of financial support to meet their basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, and transportation.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 13, 2013