Ronald L. Shalaski

Ronald L. Shalaski passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023.

Ron was an Army Veteran who served his country with great pride and diligence from 1949 to 1969. His awards and decorations include: Air Medal – Viet Nam, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medals, and National Defense Medals.

As a helicopter maintenance instructor for Bell Helicopter International, Ron lived and worked in Isfahan, Iran and Taif, Saudi Arabia for ten years. He was a barber for many years owning and operating Ron’s Barber Shop in Williamsburg, VA. As a master scuba diver and PADI instructor, Ron certified divers for James City County Fire and Rescue squads, and taught scuba classes at William and Mary College.

Ron was a talented artist and a member of the Hampton and Poquoson Art Leagues. He had many interests and belonged to the U.S. Virginia Masters Swim Team, Warwick Moose Chapter #7711, VFW Phoebus Chapter #3219, American Legion China Post #1, and the Transportation Corp Aviation Association Ft. Eustis.

Ron lived life with gusto and a sense of adventure. Travels around the world, white water rafting, rock climbing, competitive swim meets and weekly pool matches with The American Pool Players Association are a few experiences that he enjoyed. He loved the Boston Red Socks, the New York Giants, the New England Patriots, and girls.

He was predeceased by his daughter Constance Francis and his aunt Anna Granger. Ron is survived by his wife, Ann Falcone Shalaski; children, Joanne Kizer (Ed), Karen Durant (Ron), Thomas Shalaski (Kay), and Shawn Shalaski(Lisa);  grandchildren, Alexander Durant (Jennifer), Dalton Durant (Samantha), Jessica Martin (Raymond), Andrew Shalaski, Mary Gracelyn Shalaski, Tyler Shalaski (Morgan)  and David Shalaski; and seven great-grandchildren; step-children, Ronda Toll (Richard)  and Ronald Falcone (Cate); foster siblings Richard Keogh and Elizabeth Keogh; and cousin, Dianna Circosta (Tony).

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Monday, February 6th beginning at 1:00 pm with funeral services following at 2:00. Interment will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park.

“Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was.” 

-Hebrew Proverb


  1. Angel Figueros

    We extend our prayers of love and sympathy for your loss. Ron was an indelible member of the Tuesday Morning Painters Group and I missed having him paint with us. May he rest in peace.

  2. Shawntez D Hill

    Sending prayers and thoughts from the Barnes-Hill family!!! He was such a great person glad I had a chance to be apart of a great life!!!

  3. Carol j Murphy

    I remember Ron in our Charles Taylor Art group. When I first visited many years ago, they were watching an How To video and Ron was one of the first to invite me to watch and then come to join them the next week. I am a member to this day. There was another Ron in the group, so Ron S. called himself Ron 2, then we all did. He liked painting things associated with the army and the area. I also remember him being driven by Ann to vote. God Bless You, Ron and your family.

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