Louis George Walshak
December 3, 1942 - March 12, 2024

Lou was born and raised in Queens, New York, the youngest of six children of Jadwiga (nee Faber) and Anthony Walshak. He attended Brooklyn Technical high school, followed by City College where he attained a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965.

Science captured Lou’s interest at a young age. His enjoyment of it was enhanced by the TV show ‘Mr. Wizard’ and extended to experiments at home. One of his experiments of trying to make gunpowder resulted in severely burning his hand. He quickly learned what chemicals not to mix and didn’t let that stop him from this hobby.

In high school he acquired a love of classical music and would identify most of the pieces he listened to – especially Mozart, his favorite composer. Lou was a lifetime learner and would remember the most minute details of how things were made. He continued learning through reading and documentaries throughout his life.

Lou also enjoyed outdoor activities and spent many weekends hiking, camping, biking, skiing and of course, boating – first motor boating and later, sailing. As a member and first mate of the Princeton Ski and Sailing Club, he would sail in the Chesapeake Bay, the Caribbean, Central America and the West coast as well. He found his passion and joy there, always being the happiest near or on the water.

Lou met the love of his life, Alma, at a social gathering on Long Island. They were married in 1970. He was a devoted husband, celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary last June. He was a doting father to his children, exposing them to his hobbies which included boating, skiing, and exploring different vacation areas each summer. He chose the “scenic route” wherever they went when his family would tolerate it.

Lou’s career began in aerospace engineering at Wheeler Labs on Long Island, NY. He then shifted to transistor circuit design for satellite communications at MSC in New Jersey. He later held positions at Siemens, GE and Lockheed Martin. He retired from BAE Systems in 2006.

After his retirement, Lou and Alma moved to Waretown, NJ and enjoyed their proximity to the Jersey Shore. They were able to travel extensively, experiencing many different places and cultures. They visited their adult children often and enjoyed trips to California to spend time with their grandson. During the last six years, they became “snowbirds”, splitting time between New Jersey and Sarasota, Florida. Visitors to any of his homes were usually treated to delicious cocktails, particularly sweet tiki drinks including his favorites: Planter’s Punch, Mai Tai and Singapore Sling.

Lou is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, his devoted son Andrew and daughter-in-law Laura, his daughter Liz and son-in-law Minh, and grandson Owen.

A Mass in Celebration of his Life will take place at 11:00am on June 8, 2024 at St. Mary’s Parish in Barnegat, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Doctors Without Borders.


  • Danny DeMarinis Posted April 1, 2024 8:20 pm

    Lou was a great friend , family man and lover of life . His warm and caring nature will be missed by all those who knew him . He has left us many cherished memories which I am grateful for .

  • Mary Smith Posted April 1, 2024 8:51 pm

    Sending our sympathy to the Walshak family. Michael and I were blessed to have the opportunity this past summer to have Uncle Lou share knowledge of the old airplanes. Uncle Lou had such enthusiasm for learning. He really loved his family and sailing.

  • Roy Huggins Posted April 15, 2024 11:07 pm

    Sending my sympathy to the family of Lou Walshak. Lou and I sailed together on a number of occasions. We explored the Chesapeake, Eastern Long Island Sound, and Lake Champlain. Lou always gave his best and made the our trip better.

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