Steven Lockier, a lifetime resident of the South Fork, died at Southampton Hospital last Thursday of complications relating to cancer. Mr. Lockier, who was 55, had been sick for four years.
Born July 29, 1957, to Robert Lockier and the former Ruth Schmidt Weiss in Southampton, he graduated from East Hampton High School, then joined the Marine Corps, where he played football. He served for four years shortly after the Vietnam War ended, according to Vicki Warnock. Though not legally married, Ms. Warnock and Mr. Lockier referred to each other as husband and wife. They had been together for 20 years.
“He was always skilled with his hands,” Ms. Warnock said. “He could fix anything.” Mr. Lockier worked at Long Island Lighting Company, Riverhead Building Supply, and a lumberyard in Wainscott, and was an East Hampton Village Ambulance and Fire Department volunteer.
“Sports were really big in his life,” Ms. Warnock said. “He always rooted for the underdog.” Mr. Lockier was a volunteer football, baseball, and basketball coach at Southampton High School. He also loved animals, Ms. Warnock said, recalling that Mr. Lockier had hopes that Jake, a chocolate lab, and Piglet, a rescued Siamese cat that could only be fed by hand, “would be up there waiting” for him.
Mr. Lockier is survived by a sister, Charlene Bishop, and a brother, Joseph Lockier, both of East Hampton.
Mr. Lockier was to be cremated. Donations may be made in his name to Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.