Raymond James Locke, 49, director of quality control and a senior manager for Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Co., died Oct. 10 of complications after a stroke at National Rehabilitation Hospital. He was a Bethesda resident.
Mr. Locke was an experienced and successful certified public accountant, but his passion over the years, and his legacy, was the lives he touched through his involvement with youth sports, which prompted his daughters' enthusiasm for soccer and field hockey.
"If he had won the lottery, he's the one in the family who would have left work so he could dedicate himself to sports, his girls and their games," said his wife, Maria Y. Giovanni, a scientist with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
He was a soccer coach, a recreational basketball coach, manager of a girls' club field hockey team called the Wolves, a soccer referee and the voice of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School field hockey team.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase parents who shared his connection with youth sports noted what one called his "quiet strength." As referee, coach and caring father, he was the exact opposite of the pushy parent who paces the sidelines, yells at officials and makes life miserable for children and adults alike. Mr. Locke was quiet, easygoing and supportive.
"He was rooting for everybody," said Joan Kutcher, the parent of a Bethesda-Chevy Chase field hockey player.
An ardent cyclist, runner and triathlete, he completed a 100-mile bike ride a few weeks before his death.
Mr. Locke was born in Chester, Pa., and grew up in Aston, Pa. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Widener University in Pennsylvania in 1977.
He worked as an accountant for Peat Marwick Main & Co. and for Main Hardman in Philadelphia and in Baltimore from 1977 to 1988. He moved to Bethesda in 1982, when his wife joined the research staff at NIH. He joined Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Co. in 1988.
He provided audit, accounting, tax and management advisory services to clients of the Bethesda-based firm. He also supervised senior and staff accountants in planning, performing and reviewing client financial statements and attestation engagements. A continuing professional education instructor, he was involved in the firm's staff training program.
He was the founder and former president of Center Stage Toastmasters Club. He also was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and was a member and past chairman of the Maryland group's peer-review committee.
Music was also important to Mr. Locke. After his daughters went through their various childhood music lessons, he decided to take guitar lessons and became an accomplished jazz guitarist.
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase field hockey team has dedicated its season to him. "It's remarkable how many people he touched in a very, very quiet way," Kutcher said.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years and his two daughters, Abigail and Samantha, all of Bethesda; his parents, Raymond and Norma Locke of Aston; and three sisters, Terry Friis of Bethesda, Sharon Dugan of Morton, Pa., and Jennifer Baker of Frederick.