Daily Mail reports:
A married Philadelphia couple together more than fifty years have been run over and killed as they returned home from church, still holding hands.
James, 74, and Eileen Locke, 73, were crossing a busy street after attending the New Year’s Eve vigil service at St. Pius X Church in Broomall when they were struck by a passing car.
The couple were pronounced dead at the scene at around 6pm on December 31. The driver, who had stayed with them after the accident, was transported to Bryn Mawr Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Grieving family and friends described the Lockes as still being deeply in love after more than fifty years together.
Wherever they went, from a department store to church, they would always hold hands.
‘My parents were killed – holding hands- crossing the street leaving church tonight,’ their son Adam Locke wrote on Facebook after the tragedy, as he thanked everyone for their support.
‘I cannot imagine a more perfect way for two devout Christians to pass away than that.’
‘Theirs was the greatest love story I have ever had the privilege of witnessing,’ Cara Locke wrote on Facebook. ‘Their love shines brightly on.’
She also posted a picture of a carving in a tree which read ‘Jimbo + Eileen, 5-29-65’.
Family friend Patty Curran-Kenney added: ‘The love they had for each other is very hard to find.’
Daughter-in-law Janet Hoffman Locke said she had been to visit the couple just hours before they were run down.
She said James ‘Jim’ Locke’s last words to her were ‘I luv(sic) ya kid, and I’ll see you tomorrow.’
‘My heart is broken. Jim and Eileen were the best in laws anyone could ask for. I considered them my second set of parents, and I will miss them so much,’ she added.
Neighbors of the Lockes, who had seven children and several grandchildren, described them as being deeply involved with their local community.
James Locke, who was retired from the Budd Co., was a volunteer with the Catholic Youth Organization, mostly in girls’ basketball, while Eileen Locke worked at a farmers’ market in Ardmore.
James was also a keen fisherman and would spend his time fishing for bass during vacations to New Jersey.
‘I can’t even think about it, it’s so sad,’ said Michele Caesar, who lives across the street. ‘They did everything together.’
A service will be held for the Lockes on Sunday.