The Lockwoods' Fair Haven Love Affair

Ken Lockwood, 90, tells his story of life in Fair Haven and a bygone era

One of the oldest, last remaining bungalows in Fair Haven was demolished last week.

The house, in its original form at 39 Parker Avenue, was inhabited by the Lockwood family for 82 years, from 1930 until a few months ago. Before that, from 1924 to 1930, Ken Lockwood lived down the street at the corner of Parker and Cedar Avenues. He spent 88 years of his life in Fair Haven, from the time he was 2.

Right after unforseen circumstances forced Ken and Peggy Lockwood to move to an assisted living facility, Ken sat down with Patch on his 90th birthday to reflect on his time in Fair Haven, a certain celebrity he grew up with, and his deep love for the borough, his neighbors and the street where he lived in the home that Lockwoods built.

Take a look at the video above for a glimpse into a true Fair Haven love story.

John September 27, 2012 at 02:39 AM
A very sad moment in time. I grew up around the block from there, went through the public school system. Since then my parents and myself have moved out of the borough because its simply unaffordable/unreasonable to reside there. It is shameful and you cant help but feel disheartened to see this character of the community die off. I only wish I could have enjoyed moving within the community I grew up in, and shared the same experiences with my children as they grew up in the same way these wonderful people and many other families and friends of mine did as true fair haveners. It is a bygone era, and my heart resides with the charm and character of the cape cods and bungalows "small home life" i grew up with. Unfortunately this has faded as fair havens children move out of the tight-knit community that once was. Some relics remain, but soon they will all only be memories or long forgotten. These memories of good ole days will always be in my mind and close to my heart (why i now read RFHpatch from elsewhere) but I only hope the youth of today will see and experience FH in a remotely similar beauty as I know may other community members have, and continue to do. P.S. maybe we should have just sold the entire borough to New York and we all would made out like bandits and move to rumson where we can restore our heritage as social refugees. haha ok maybe not but think about it, they have a runway now right on river road for them to land there learjets from NY :)
Deborah September 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Rexw: Virtually everything that is being torn down in Fair Haven is well-kept housing, far from "ghetto". Unless a home is new construction or absolutely perfect and modern in the eyes of today's demanding young buyers, it is a hard sell. These houses being torn down are lovely homes (witness Harvard Rd) but they do not have the 9-10 foot ceilings, enormous walk-in closets and finished basements with 8 foot ceilings for media rooms that the buyers are looking for. Therefore, the dirt is worth half a million to a builder, who will put up something $1.2-$1.8 that the buyers are plentiful for. Fair Haven sure has changed since I moved here in the 1970s. Now we have people in Range Rovers double-parking in front of the dry cleaners. It was always a great town, now the market has changed to cater to the well-heeled, so young to be buying a million plus homes. They do not want a house they can work on to make their own, they want it all now. And they aren't the same, they aren't volunteering for the first aid squad or FHFD. They have moved onto my block in numbers and they are pleasant, but prestige driven.
Leslie September 27, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Are you kidding? Rumson has its more than fair share of NYers and "new" money people. LOL
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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