What a wonderful celebration of life for John Lockhart we had this past week! John was our friend, colleague in the real estate industry, and leader in Austin. John’s career in music made him a hugely influential, sought-after seasoned guitarist, songwriter, and bandmate. He was a highly respected musician and guitarist in Austin and beyond for over 30 years. We all admired his smile, grace, and open heart. John was also an award-winning member of the Austin Title team, and loved his family, dogs, and even a round of golf when he could find the time.
John was most proud of his service to God…which he mentored so many at Gateway Church in NW Austin TX, where he played in the Church band. Serving others and sharing the spirit he embodied was who he was.
John formed Suede Austin in late 2006 with drummer Chris Skiles on a long drive home from touring Texas on weekends. They brought in legendary bassist Danny Swinney, ace vocalist and guitarist Brian Andrew Lee and the inimitable Robert Wagner to front the band. From Sunday nights in the cold in front of 10 people, to Radio City Music Hall and sold-out shows for 13 years and counting…Suede has been a band of brothers. Suede vows to keep the music alive as John instructed..…still the leader until the end.
Coldwell Banker was proud to sponsor the 9th hole on the First Annual John Lockhart Foundation Charity Golf Tournament held at the Avery Ranch Golf Club. Laurie West, his sister is in our NW office and a member of the John Lockhart Foundation.
Due to his passing during COVID they postponed his celebration of life for a year but produced an amazing 3 day extravaganza in 2021: Golf Tournament, Suede Concert and Memorial Service. What fun we had at the #9 hole, passing out water, soft drinks, beer, salty snacks and lip balm!
John felt strongly about taking responsibility to care for children by helping young victims of abuse tell their story through the works of The Center For Child Protection.
Every Year the John Lockhart Foundation will be holding this Golf Tournament. I'm so glad we are committed to making this a yearly event for Coldwell Banker Realty too! RIP John Lockhart.
Here is the last song John wrote for all of us: