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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 New York Times on Nov. 17, 2013.
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December 14, 2013
I am deeply saddened to learn of Aaron's passing. Aaron was a great teacher and adviser to me and to many in the toy business. And, as the one constant on the TIA Board he advised and helped set the direction for a large industry. I was fortunate to have been able to work with him, as well as with his sons, on industry and company issues.
Dan Shure
December 11, 2013
I first met Aaron Locker in 1966 when I was hired as a legal secretary for the firm of Aberman & Greene, shortly after the birth of my son. At the time I had no inkling that we would spend the next 42 years together. What caused me to adhere to this unswerving loyalty? As loyal as I was to him, he was loyal to me. Mr. Locker cast an imposing figure which some people found intimidating. I knew him to be humorous, warm,respectful and kind. He was always accessible to me if I had a personal problem. When I was diagnozed with breast cancer in 1995, he paid my salary until I was able to return to work. He often paid for my lunch. His favorite lunch was tuna on a roll ("Do not forget the onion and the pickle.") and ice tea. He also paid for my paralegal training at New York University. Mr. Locker was intuitive. Sitting in his office in 1972, he said to me, "You are pregnant." I replied "No, No." Eight months later,my daughter was born.
r. Locker certainly understood the stresses of a working mother. Long before flexible work schedules were instituted, Mr. Locker allowed me to come in later so that I could drive my daughter to school. In 1984, my daughter attended school in Manhattan. For six years she came to the office after school, sat in the library to complete her homework until my day was done and we would go home together. This was indeed a great blessing because I did not have to worry about her safety after school hours. Mr. Locker had a passion for the law. He loved his work and was totally devoted to his clients. He always took the time to return all phone calls. It was certainly challenging and stimulating to work with him during the pioneering period of consumer safety legislation as he skillfully guided the toy industry through the maze of federal regulations. Mr. Locker understood the issues at hand and the people for whom he advocated which allowed him to effectively use his knowlede of the law to benefit his clients. I too grieve with
the Locker family. I will never forget the man who I always formally, affectionately and respectfully addressed as "Mr. Locker."
December 10, 2013
I worked for Mr. Locker for more than 25 years and it was the greatest experience of my life. He was such a wonderful man, a fantastic boss, amazingly supportive and a kind and decent man. I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with him. I first came to work with Mr. Locker at the beginning of my career when I was very young and more than a little intimidated by his very powerful presence. After working with him for many years, I came to know a kind, hardworking, humorous boss who was a pleasure to be around regardless of the difficultly or quantity of workload that surrounded us at the time. Over the years, he was a guiding light - like a father to me - helping me through college and guiding me through the early years of my career. I would not be where I am or have the knowledge I do if not for him. One anecdote that comes to mind, relating to his obituary which refers to his "need for speed" - we had to work on a litigation one weekend and he picked me up at my house in his green Jaguar - which he took to incredible speeds on the LIE to Manhattan (the white knuckle ride of my life). I was just grateful to get out of the car alive after the trip, but I could tell he enjoyed every minute of it. I also found out on that fateful ride that we shared a mutual love of opera. He always had confidence in me and my abilities and gave me the confidence to go and try to succeed in other endeavors in my life and career. I will always be grateful to him for that. We had many great moments together over the years, and I will miss him every day of my life.
Jean Vincent
December 10, 2013
December 10, 2013
Keith Locker
December 10, 2013
Keith Locker
December 10, 2013
December 8, 2013
For as long as I can remember my grandpa has called me princess Ali. This nickname is because I am the first born grandchild (and I think the favorite, no offense to Samantha, Daniel and syd). This nickname is not because I really act like a princess, well not often at least. Whenever my grandpa called me princess Ali I loved it, it was like our little inside joke.

My grandpa was always so interested in hearing and talking about my studies, history was his passion and he could always teach me something new that no teacher or professor had mentioned before.

As my grandpa got physically weaker, his mind was still sharp and although sometimes he was quiet you could tell he was just taking everything in around him and enjoying any time spent with us.

My favorite memories of my grandpa are skiing fast down the slopes in Colorado, boating through huge swells in the ocean, the joy a good chocolate pudding pie brought to him, and just holding his mushy hands.

I know my grandfather would want us all to remember and smile about all the good memories we have, to read good books, to eat some really good pizza with extra garlic, and to never pass up an opportunity to learn something new.
Ali Locker
December 5, 2013
We at Penquin Group USA were so sorry to hear about Aaron's passing. He was trusted Legal counsel for many years. We are fortunate to have your continuing counsel. We are thinking of the entire Locker family at this time of Sorrow
Penquin USA Legal
December 5, 2013
I am sure you know how badly I feel on hearing of Aaron's death...
Knowing and working with Aaron was surely one of the best things that happened to me during my working life. I looked forward to meeting, talking and traveling with him as both a friend and admire of his humor and intellect. I introduced him to Web Griffin, and he introduced me to Patrick O'Brien, and I think of him whenever I see those books. Travels to Washington, Europe and Asia, as well as Board meetings, were all improved tremendously by his presence and wise advise. I miss him terribly.

My warmest regards and condolences.
Doug Thomson
December 3, 2013
I am sad. David and Aaron were always working together on behalf of TIA. Aaron was knowledgeable and helped us a lot on juridical points and the evolution and status of global law. I remember many fun meetings and fun with him and his lovely wife in Sydney, St.Tropez and London. Our sincerest condolences to Renee and his family.
Elisabeth & Daniel A oaf
December 2, 2013
I was very fortunate to have met, and have had the opportunity to work with, Aaron in the 1990's when I was the new Director of  Quality at Galoob Toys. I sought his opinions which were always thoughtful and well reasoned, and it was a joy to engage in meaningful dialogue with him. My deepest sympathies to Rick and Jeff and the rest of his family. We have lost a truly wise Patriarch of the Toy Industry, who both gave and commanded respect. I will miss him.
Rachel Murray Meyer
December 2, 2013
I was very sorry to hear of Aaron's passing, he was a man of integrity, his dedication to the toy industry and his knowledge of it, and of course his humour will be greatly missed.

Sheila Edmondson - Canadian Toy Association (retired)
December 2, 2013
My Thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time. Your Father was a legend in our industry and to me personally. I will always remeber our fishing trip together and how he always treated me with kindness. He will be missed by all and I share your sorrow. We will always be blessed with many fond memories.
Bruce Raiffe
December 1, 2013
I am very sorry to hear about Aaron. I have such fond memories of him at the old Dune Road House. He was so welcoming and made my visits there all the more speial. He was a perfect compliment to the assortment of ages and personalities that ended up at the House. He was a critical part of the chemistry that made that place so great. All our lives become memories carried on, and I have special memories of aaron and those times.
Peter Levenson
December 1, 2013
I am truly saddened to hear of your dear father's passing. I will always remember Aaron as one of the most elegant, brilliant and charming men I have had the honor of knowing.
When I had a health issue several years ago, I was so moved when he called to check on me. He will live in my heart forever for the kindness that he showed. He will be deeply missed. With heartfelt Sympathy.
Ava Slepicoff
December 1, 2013
I see you father passed away.I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. He created a wonderful legacy and fine family.
Peter Weiss
December 1, 2013
I met with Aaron a number of times early on in my "CPSC Career" back in the lates 80's/early 90's. I always found him to be a wise courteous counselor with great integrity; someone who garnered respect from all. I remeber learning a lot from listening to, and watching him.

I lost my Dad a few years ago,at 85. I know it's hard, but also know that you'll be comforted by his guidance, teaching, and memory always.
I wish your family a a good Thanksgiving....a good time to recall the blessings of his life.All the best.
Peter Winik
December 1, 2013
I've been on the road much of the last 3 weeks and only recently learned about your Dad's passing. I wanted to reach out to express my condolences. Unfortunately, your now members of a club to which I already belong, having lost my father a few yeas ago. Even when it's a blessing, it is a strange new chapter in life. The loss never goes away, but with time it gets easier to live with. My best to you and your families.
Craig Solomon
November 27, 2013
Sincerest condolences on your loss. Aaron was one of the smartest people I've ever met, and one of the nicest, once you got past his seemingly intimidating (to a young engineer)mien. I learned a great deal from him over the years. The toy industry, and the world at large, are so much better off for him having been a part of them.
Alan Kaufman
November 27, 2013
Aaron was one of the kindest, warmest and most humble people I've ever known. My deepest condolences go out to the whole Locker family.
Bill Spitalnick
November 26, 2013
My thoughts are with you and your family. Your Dad was a Special Man and I know how proud he was of you. As I know all too well, losing your father is difficult but made easier by all the great memories. Carpe Diem Indeed.
Wayne Charness
November 25, 2013
So sorry to hear of news of your fathers passing. He was such a very special man, I enjoyed all the times I worked with him and had such respect for him. I can remember approximately 30 years ago your father with his 2 young sons visiting our small showroom in the toy building.

All through my career, whether we were the smallest toy company and when we grew some, your father was always there for us when we needed him. I had so much confidence with him whenever we had issues with the CPSC. I remember he was always available for us 24-7 when we needed him
russell selevan
November 24, 2013
I have had the pleasure of Aaron's professional aptitudes as our attorney for Knickerbocker Toy and Amtoy Co's. An outstanding and wonderful "Mensch". I am proud to have been associated with him!
Ed Kaplan
Ed Kaplan
November 24, 2013
Locker
November 23, 2013
Aaron helped me ao much when I took over the safefty responsability along with marketing and product devoloment at Playmates Toys He guided me through the CPSC
I am so sorry for his loss to the Toy industry and to his family
Chris Devine Dailey
November 20, 2013
Rick,
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree and your father raised a great son.
Rick Schaub
November 20, 2013
Dear Rick,

Please accept my condolences and pass them along to your family on my behalf with regards to the loss of your dad. I never had the chance to meet him but had heard only great things about him from others over the years. I can see from your level of knowledge of and dedication to our industry that he left a great legacy to Toy Business in you.

May he rest in peace,

Jay F.
November 20, 2013
Dear Rick,
I am saddened to learn of your father's passing and please accept my very sincere condolences. Although I had very little contact with him in the past decade, during my earlier years in the toy industry, he never failed to return a call to answer one of my often gray area questions. Aaron was a delightful and extremely knowledgable man and always a pleasure to speak with. He will be missed.
Please offer my sympathies to your family.
Fred.
Fred Mills-Winkler
November 20, 2013
I was young and new to CPSC when I first met your dad. He was known as a tough and very knowledgeable client advocate. I was a little fearful of him for this reason; he knew so much and I knew so little.
I had the pleasure of knowing a different side of Aaron a few years later. After my twins were born prematurely, Aaron called me to reassure me. (I had never spoken to him outside of CPSC). He told me that his boys were also small when they were born and to look at them now. He told me my boys would be fine. He was right.
It was a most encouraging call and I will never forget his kindness in reaching out to me. For me, this is my lasting memory of your dad.
Carol Pollack-Nelson
November 20, 2013
Rick - I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad, but I have heard countless stories about what a great man he was. I am sorry for your loss. My sincerest sympathies to you, your mom and the rest of the Locker family.
Patty Edwards
November 19, 2013
Aaron was a wonderful guy and always a real pleasure with whom to work. The toy world is a sadder place now.

Our condolences to all the family.
Joanne Mattiace
November 19, 2013
Aaron was not only a supreme lawyer, but also an incredibly service-oriented human who saw the ‘big picture” importance of the work he was doing, much of which continues to be carried on to this day by others, including his sons at the firm he founded.

The world was a better place due to Aaron's indelible presence here on it, and we all mourn his passing.

I offer my sincere sympathies to his wife and all of his loving family and dearest friends for your loss.
Mike Dwyer
November 19, 2013
It's hard to believe we won't be seeing Aaron any longer, he was such a warm, smart, wonderful man, who helped so many of us in the Toy Industry in so many different ways. Whether it was dealing with a safety issue and the CPSC , a children's advertising issue, a governance issue, or anything else that you just needed his opinion on, he always had the right advice. And he was a pleasure to be with so concerned and careing about everyone.
My love to Renee, Rick and Jeff, wish I could be with you to honor him more, Karen and I will pray for all of you.
Tom Kalinske
Tom Kalinske
November 19, 2013
Hi Rick,
I am sorry to hear of Aaron's passing.
I may not have agreed with him all of the time but I respected his judgement and what he has done for children and the Toy Industry. You have big shoes to fit into.
I send my regards and prayers to the Locker family in this occasion.
Peter E, Davis (ex-Mattel)
November 19, 2013
Mr. Locker was a close family friend and highly regarded by my parents. I knew Aaron long before getting into the toy biz myself. He was always a mentor, friend and faithful backboard where i could get advise on my early career. Always a gentleman and always willing to meet with me or take my call.

My deepest sympathies to the Locker family.

Todd Lustgarten
Todd Lustgarten
November 19, 2013


When I was a young (ish) Marketing Guy working for Hedstrom, I visited Aaron's office with Jack Ketcham. My first impressions of that meeting have always stuck with me. Seeing Aaron and hearing him for the first time, I was impressed with his presence. I have met Presidents and Drill Sergeants, but nobody could lay down a first impression like Aaron.

He established a position with both the Toy and Juvenile industries that benefits us to this day. Companies always knew they would be treated fairly when represented by Aaron.

He was a very cool guy, and will be well remembered.
Scott Krueger
November 18, 2013
To the Locker Family,
Aaron was a true and passionate advocate-a consummate professional and a worthy adversary. I first met Aaron in about 1973, when I was a young attorney at the CPSC. Working with or opposite Aaron was always an experience but even when we disagreed, he was always professional.

I always enjoyed chatting with him on a personal level. Most importantly, Aaron was just a heck of a nice guy. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We will all miss Aaron.
Alan Schoem
November 18, 2013
Aaron was a valued friend and colleague. I am indebted to him for many kindnesses and the pleasures of his company. My best to Renee and Rick, Jeff and Keith. David Brainin
David Brainin
November 18, 2013
Rick, it is with great sadness that I read today about your father's passing. I remember, like yesterday, the story behind my first contact with the famous Aaron Locker. I had just left the practice of law at Debevoise & Plimpton to help my father and brother deal with an embezzlement problem in their baby business founded by my father in 1946. We had an exclusive on an exciting new invention - a musical pacifier. My father and I got a test in Toys R Us and the item was blowing out at retail. Then, in what was my first introduction to the baby category, it was named in the pre-Christmas list of "10 most dangerous toy items." We needed a lawyer. I asked my father who the industry leader was in the pacifier category - he told me to call Fritz Hirsch, the CEO of Sassy. Fritz said, "you need to call the man who developed the pacifier standards. He is a god in the industry. He is the General Counsel for every industry group in the infant/children's/toy categories, a tremendous friend and a quality person. Do whatever he tells you. He has been a guiding light to me and I trust him implicitly." Fritz gave me advice that has helped me stay out of harm's way to this day. You and Aaron made sure CPSC did not recall the musical pacifier - or any other item for that matter since I took over the business 25 years ago. My father turned 90 last August. He still comes into work every day. I remember a few years ago seeing Aaron in your office. He remarked about how pleased he was that you stepped into his shoes and took over where he left off. I know how proud he was of you. I also know how fortunate we both are to have continued a legacy created by our fathers. Please let me know when the memorial service takes place. I owe a lot to you and Aaron and it should give you some comfort that he has touched so many lives. He will be sorely missed by the industry. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Warm Regards,

Roy Pomerantz, CEO
Regent Baby Products Corp.
Roy Pomerantz
November 18, 2013
Adrienne and I are in Prague right now celebrating 31 years.
We just heard of your loss.
I sent the below email to the board.
Your dad was an amazing man. I had so much respect for him and the way he carried himself.
What an amazing gentleman. Intelligent, sharp and respectful to all he came in contact with.
A member of the greatest generation of men
Please convey our condolences to your mom and Jeff as well.

His legacy lives on thru you, Jeff, Lori and your children. A nice testament to a super man.

We will miss him.

Your friends always
Adrienne and joe

To the JPMA. Board.
Wow!

Aaron was an amazing man.
A gentleman's gentleman.
Soft spoken and well mannered 100% of the time.

He was one of the key people responsible for taking JPMA to a new level.
There is so much that occurred during those years it is too much to list.
Just a few things would be our move from a tiny show in NYC to a major show in Dallas,
the start of the JPMA certification program,
Many safety initiatives.

Most important he was there with solid advise and legal council while the industry grew and grew.
I don't believe most of our board have had the pleasure as I did of knowing him.

Rick and Jeffrey are testaments to Aaron and his personality.
Both stand up individuals, a product of their parents.

We offer our condolences to the entire family.

Sincerely
Joe and Adrienne
Joe Shamie
November 18, 2013
Rick, I am very sorry to hear of Aaron's passing. May his memory be eternal.. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dennis Kacoyanis
November 18, 2013
Aaron will be remembered by his colleagues and industry as a pioneer in the practice of consumer product safety law and a formidable advocate for his clients.

My sincere condolences to his family.

Regards,
Eric Rubel
Eric Rubel
November 18, 2013
Aaron was a passionate, knowledgeable, aggressive lawyer and professional. I learned a tremendous amount from him in my early career in the toy industry. My sincere condolences to Aaron's family and friends.
Jim Walter
November 18, 2013
The Locker family were all close friends of ours since I was very young. After my father died, Aaron and Rene were very special to me with unlimited support. Aaron will always be a vivid, life long memory.
Bruce Fryer
November 17, 2013
What a wonderful man Aaron was. I remember always seeing him in Penn Station years ago and him stopping ME to chat...even once missing his train. We will all cherish happy memories of him. Bless you Renee and your family for making him comfortable throughout his illness and keeping his dignity.
Shari and Steven Bergman and family
November 17, 2013
OUR DEAR AARON WILL BE SORELY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH RENEE, THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.
LOVE- EILEEN AND ED LOCKER
November 17, 2013
Dearest Lockers,

This is such a tough note to compose.
We have known how your Father's health had been deteriorating, but when I received Lori's call Friday, the news of his passing just didn't seem real.

Having known Aaron and Rene for so many years and adoring all the holidays we've been fortunate to share, I saw how uncomfortable Aaron was at the last gathering and knew he wasn't enjoying his quality of life. But what will always stay strong in my mind is his sweetness and interesting conversations over the years, usually in Lori & Rick's family room as we'd be watching some football game, waiting for a divine holiday feast. Aaron was always curious as to what was new with everyone and he especially glowed when talking about any of his Grandchildren. That's not to say he wasn't extremely proud of his 3 sons, Lori and Stacey. His eyes spoke of his love and devotion to all of you and Rene.

We'll miss your Dad a lot, but hopefully he is in a better place and able to rest in peace. As for you, his children, your devotion and love was without limits and I'm certain all the time you spent with him, especially as he became weaker and weaker, meant so much to him. You are all exemplary.

May all the special memories you have of Aaron help comfort you and bring you peace of mind.

I wanted to call each of you individually, but thought you are probably getting bombarded with calls, so opted for my "group note" as a better option for now.
Will phone in a few days.

With our deepest sympathy to you and your Mother. I don't have her number or email, so please pass our condolences on to her.

Judy, Les and Taylor
Judith Agisim
November 17, 2013
Those we love can never be more than a thought apart,for as long as there is momory.....
Our sincere sympathy always with you and your family
Love, Hindi & Len
Hindi & Len Bergman
November 17, 2013
Dear Renee: I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful brilliant man. If I can do anything when you are here let me know if you come up north. I am so sorry and understand what you are going through. Bonnie Salkind
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