On May 5 2015, the Apple community lost Kevin Lockey — a consultant in the Bay Area. Many of you may know that Kevin has been fighting a particularly rare and devastating cancer for a while now. His strength, his positiveness, and his outlook may have you caught off guard by this news. If that’s the case, it’s a pure testament to Kevin and his personality.
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Kevin was producer and impresario. Proximity to the Mother Ship was a natural resource he mined on our behalf. In the monthly gatherings, we traveled in from around the Bay Area and some from parts well beyond. Invariably, we listened, we studied, we learned, we mingled, we extolled and griped, and we came away with a solid collection of very good days.
Kevin’s presence, of course, moved far beyond the region, in which i knew him only through these gatherings and his phone calls and emails prodding me to get further involved in some activity. I’m appreciative of all those here who have added to a more complete tapestry.
I last saw Kevin at MacTech Pro SF at the end of March and had not known about his illness. He sat at a table outside the conference room engaging folks as they came out. He stood up, strangely thin. We talked. He was surprisingly upbeat. He wore his usual Hawaiian-style shirt. It was filled with autographs of folks attending MacTech Conference last November, which he went to shortly after major surgery. Too shortly, he offered, and then smiled.
Kevin, you will be missed, but not forgotten.
It would have been so easy to close up to the world, but Kevin took the opportunity to speak out in any way he could about his illness in the hope that he could enlighten and inform us.
He left a lasting imprint on me and he won't be forgotten. Thank you Kevin for all you've shared.
I'd recently learned of his health issues and had wanted to reach out and let him know how much I was pulling for him. Via the acn-alumni list I learned of his passing. It is my loss by not making that call - if only just to say hi. It's something I will regret forever. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I will never forget all their smiling faces at the crack of dawn when we'd meet up to leave for SF.
I look forward to future conversations with Kevin when we are able to cross paths again.
It was quite common for Kevin to engage with people he had just meet and spend time getting to know them. I could always hear laughter coming from the group around him.
He was a real people-person that genuinely cared about others and was always willing to help out. I am going to miss our lively conversations about IT and business in general.
I've had many clients in the bay area work with him when they were traveling and they all remarked on how much of a "great guy" he was. Kevin was someone who was so genuine -- what you saw is what you got -- and I'm going to miss the fun times we've shared together.
His ability to pull people together for a common cause is a testament to how much people cared for him. When Kevin called, you said "yes." He really epitomized the type of consultant I've always strived to be. He also had such a big heart and an infectious laugh. It was such a part of him that I'm actually smiling as I writing this thinking of him laughing. I'm going to miss you a lot, buddy.
He was in instrumental in organizing a Bay Area ACN Certification Study Group that got me certified. I attended, I passed and the rest, as they say, is history. Joining the ACN back then was without a doubt the best single effort I gave my new career and I met other ACN's along the way.
Thank you dear Kevin.
Along with hundreds of other people, we will surely miss his kindness, warmth, and infectious smile. Thank you Kevin, for being you.
He was in instrumental in organizing a Bay Area ACN Certification Study Group that got me certified. I attended, I passed and the rest as they say is history. Joining the ACN back then was without a doubt the best single effort I gave my new career and I met other ACN's along the way.
Thank you dear Kevin.
It was during our last conversation that I learned he was ill. He was wondering if he should renew his membership even though he hadn't had the energy to complete his certifications. We discussed, that we'd be here, just to focus on getting better. I'm so sad that I didn't get to speak with him after that. Kevin will be dearly missed.
It is a privilege to know Kevin as friend and colleague.
"From joy people are born; for joy they live; in joy they melt at death. Death is an ecstasy, for it removes the burden of the body and frees the soul of all pain springing from body identification. It is the cessation of pain and sorrow." - Paramahansa Yogananda
His own relationship to Cancer started long before his diagnosis: his first wife died of cancer when she was in her early 30's, and my own relationship with the terrible disease (my wife, father, father-in-law, and two young friends). I was lucky to be able to cross that Livestrong Challenge finish line with some of those people while they were still alive, but battling cancer. It's my goal to keep crossing that finish line long after their passing.
After Kevin's diagnosis, we went to the Livestrong Challenge in Davis, CA, where Kevin and my wife, shortly after Kevin's diagnosis, crossed finish line in the "I'm a Survivor" lane, hand in hand. It was a sight I'll never forget.
A short 2 years later, we've lost Kevin to that dreaded disease.
Despite that history of cancer, we had some great times with the Lockey family: We visited with them every year around MacWorld SF and MacTech Conference in Los Angeles - sharing family vacations to the San Diego Zoo, Disneyworld, and sites around San Francisco. We met them in New York for a short while during one of their annual visits for Broadway shows. The entire Lockey family stayed at my house two summers ago for nearly 2 weeks for their visit to DC.
These visits allowed me to understand Kevin's approach to small business and his Mac Coaching job. His first loss taught him much about life: it's more about family and friends, and time spent with each other, than it is about working all the time. Kevin was happy working even just 3-4 hours a day, because the rest of those hours was spent with people he loved.
It's safe to say that Kevin will be greatly missed, and his lessons on life will live on in everyone he touched. He will be forever in my mind, my consulting, and his family in my prayers.
Through the many community events, people often thought we were married – I was your “east coast wife” as you used to say. You were so much about your family, our tech community, and the world around you. You believed wholeheartedly on fundraisers like Livestrong. Even when were sick, you volunteered at the America’s Cup the whole time — and beamed about it. And, after a surgery that you almost didn’t survive, nothing was going to stop you from showing up several weeks later at MacTech Conference to be with your cohorts and friends.
Kevin was always looking up, and not down, and his big beautiful smile and deep bold laugh could make anyone smile. I’ll miss those words “Hi Kim, it’s Kevin.” Rest in Peace my dear sweet friend ~Only the good die young~
Kevin was one of the ACNs who was always cheerful, with a smile on his face, a nice Hawaiian shirt, and a willingness to help new ACNs, or Apple SEs for that matter, or anyone who stopped by the ACN booth at MacWorld for some assistance.
It saddens me to know that I will never have the pleasure of speaking with him again.