Remembering John Lockhart

A Graveside  Inurnment service at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola Naval Air Station will be held today at 1:30 p.m. for John Lockhart, who passed away on January 28.

“John Lock” (as we had often called him, having similar sounding as The Next Generation’s captain’s)  was a member of the Continuum back in the 1990s, serving in various positions, including Chief Science Officer and Executive Officer.  By 1996, he became this ship’s second Commanding Officer, serving in some very turbulent times.  None of our problems were by any fault of John’s, but being our CO, he was caught in the middle of it all, and he pressed us through it with grace and some excellent leadership skills — things this ship remains grateful for.

For the whole time I had known him, John was a quadriplegic but remained very active with our group.  A few times, he would even joke about the being the ship’s “crip.”  Bragging rights were involved, after all, and sometimes he got to use it for his advantage (As he did while talking to a lady on the track for “Relay for Life” one year.  Bruce Dolan later joked he expected her to find her way into John’s lap as they went around).

I went to John’s home several times over the course of time.  For awhile, we held Command Staff meetings there, discussing ship business.  I would also help him with our newsletter, the Rudder: John was the editor, I was the assistant.  He was very knowledgeable about computers and created the Continuum’s first website.  That all seems like a lifetime ago.

It had been a long hope of mine that he would come back, but unfortunately, that turned out not to be.  But I will remember John Lockhart as a great friend, smart man, and good leader.  He will be truly missed.

Read John’s Pensacola News Journal obituary here.

Read John’s Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel and view his photos here.

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