Shaun “Diesel” Zaleski, 39, of Tunkhannock and formerly of the Tripp Park Section of Scranton, died Monday in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after a brief illness. He and his wife, the former Kelly Fox, had celebrated nine years of marriage on May 25th.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Donna Zaleski and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy Rossi Zaleski and Stanley Zaleski. Shaun was a graduate of Bishop O’Hara High School Class of 2000 as well as having earned a degree from Keystone College in Information Technology. He was currently employed by CAL Business Solutions as a Senior Implementation Consultant.
Shaun was one in a million and loved by many. He loved to laugh and joke around. He could be quiet at times, but still waters run deep. Those who knew him well, understood he was sensitive, sweet, and caring. He loved his friends who were the extended family he got to choose. He would do anything for any of them. Shaun enjoyed being outdoors and in nature, but also loved to be at home with his girls.
He appreciated and loved his family everyday and would frequently say how lucky he and Kelly were. They were lucky to have found each other and genuinely enjoy being around one another, especially during all the time spent at home during the pandemic. They were lucky to have two amazingly awesome, beautiful, talented, and smart daughters. He knew what he had and was grateful. Everyday, multiple times a day, he would ask Kelly, “Did I tell you yet today that I love you?” He always said goodnight to Maggie and Kylie by saying, “Good night! Love you! See ya in the morning!” His house was filled with love.
Shaun took pride and care with everything he did. He worked hard and hated for anything to be less than perfect. This often brought out his competitive nature in everything from his riding BMX as a young boy, playing football in high school, shooting sporting clays, and winning every game during family game nights. He hated to lose even more than he hated admitting Kelly was sometimes right. He loved expensive hobbies (riding motorcycles, side by sides, shooting, motorboating) and the finer things, like a good steak and a glass of whiskey. But, he hated spending money on “luxury” items like tin foil. He will be deeply missed by everyone and has been taken way too early.
Also surviving are his daughters, Kylie and Margaret “Maggie”, at home, his father and mother-in-law, William and Kathleen Fox, Tunkhannock, his aunt and godmother, Patricia Zaleski, Dalton, his uncle and godfather, Leonard Zaleski, Jermyn, his aunt and uncle Paula and Paul Spott, Scranton, as well as siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Caesar and Hershey.
His family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Geisinger Medical Center for the care, support, and compassion shown to Shaun and them over the past three weeks.
A blessing service will be held Tuesday at 10AM in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore. Interment to immediately follow in the Cathedral Cemetery in West Scranton.
Family and friends may call Monday from 4PM-7PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be sent to the Jacquélyn Nichols Memorial Golf Tournament: Mail: ℅ Nicole Leonori, 1500 Fig Street, Scranton, PA 18505; Venmo: @jnmgt22; PayPal: email@example.com.
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