Legends of the Lock Industry: Ronald Weaver

June 30, 2024

In memorium: june 9, 1948 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2022

Ronald Weaver,  Accredited Lock Supply

In 1974, shortly after completing his service in the United States Army, Ronald W. Weaver embarked on a remarkable journey, founding what would become a locksmith legacy—Accredited Lock Supply. At its inception, the company was a modest operation with Ron, his father, and grandfather as its sole employees. Little did they know, this small venture would evolve into the nation's largest single-source wholesale distributor, serving clients not only across the United States but also internationally.

Ron was more than just a business leader; he was a man of kindness, genuineness, and unwavering principles. Family, friends, and community were paramount to him, and he invested his time and energy into cherishing these relationships. His impact on the lock and hardware industry is nothing short of legendary, and his absence leaves a void that will be deeply felt by many.

Accredited Lock Supply remains rooted in the family values instilled during its humble beginnings. Ron, alongside his wife Pam, formed the cornerstone of the team, which has now grown to over 50 members. Today, their sons, Charlie and William, carry forward the legacy, upholding their father's commitment and dedication to both the company and the industry.

Ron's charitable spirit extended beyond business. He dedicated his life to helping those in need, providing unwavering support to those facing difficult times. A legend in the industry, Ron earned respect from partners and competitors alike. His honesty, straightforwardness, and willingness to offer advice made him a mentor to many. Ron's joy lay in witnessing the success of those around him, and he was always ready to stand up for others when needed. His selflessness defined his every action, seeking nothing in return except the satisfaction of seeing others flourish.

As a hero in every sense, Ron's service to the nation during the Vietnam War showcased his honor, courage, and bravery as a Staff Sergeant in the 199th Infantry Brigade, the "Redcatchers." Despite the lifelong effects of war, Ron's spirit remained unbroken. His footsteps and every breath serve as a testament to the sacrifices he made, not only for family and friends but for the entire nation. Ron's influence extended far and wide, leaving an indelible mark on the world. His mantra, "When there's a will, there's a way," exemplifies his belief in determination and effort. His will, evident throughout his life, stands as an enduring reminder of his graceful determination for all fortunate enough to cross paths with him.

Though our time with him may feel too short, Ron will never be forgotten. His legacy lives on through the lives he touched, big and small, a living testament to a man whose impact was truly unavoidable through every interaction.