He had smiling eyes and an infectious smile, but what most people will miss about Ronald “Ron” Lockwood of Fenton is his tireless community service, quietly working side by side with his wife of 52 years, Pat Lockwood.
Ron, 77, suffered from a brief bout with cancer before leaving this life at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 5. On Wednesday, Pat, who was re-elected to the Fenton City Council on Tuesday night, before his death said, “It’s a bit overwhelming but he was my biggest supporter and campaign advisor and I know he waited until the results were in last night before he left us.”
The Lockwoods’ daughter, Brooke Lockwood Page, shared the sentiment she and her siblings feel on Pat’s Facebook page. She said, “It is with such sadness to announce the passing of my amazing dad following the election for my mom last night … I am heartbroken he is gone.
“Dad, you are my hero and raised a really great family and should be so proud because I am so proud of you,” Brooke said. “Until we meet again I know you will be looking down on all of us.”
Originally from Detroit, Ron and Pat were married Jan. 28, 1967. According to his obituary, he served in the U.S. Navy for seven years on the following nuclear powered submarines — James Madison, Trumpetfish and the USS Lapon, where he was plank owner. He spent his career in sales, service management, and electrical engineering.
He moved to Fenton in 1970 and was actively involved in his community and the parish of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He served as the St. John Applefest finance chair for 15 years and was a member of the Fenton VFW Post 3243.
In addition to Pat, Ron is survived by their three children, 10 grandchildren, and several beloved family members and friends.
According to his obituary, “Ron devoted his entire life to his wife, children, and grandchildren, spending time traveling up north Michigan, and annual vacations to Disney with the family. He enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day with his Irish Heritage and his love of Guinness.”
Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday Nov. 9 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Fenton. Interment was at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Those desiring may make contributions to Fenton Area Public Schools Educational Foundation.