The Town of Duck is pleased to announce that Ron Forlano will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 14th Annual 4th of July Parade and Community Celebration. Ron and his wife, June, made Duck their home in 1986 after discovering the area “by accident” around 1980 when they visited June’s family in Southern Shores.
Mr. Forlano was born and raised in Darby, Pennsylvania. Between eighth grade and college he moved between the small suburban towns of Yeadon and Broomall, Pennsylvania. In 1958 he graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Chemistry/Biology. After graduating from the Temple School of Dentistry in 1962, he served as a Dentist in the US Navy from 1962-1964, stationed in Charleston, SC. Upon moving back to Warminster, PA, he continued in private practice for 25 years.
Forlano and June met at the University of Georgia. Upon her graduation in 1960 they were married and welcomed their first child in 1961. They now have four grown sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Two sons live in the Outer Banks, one in Pennsylvania, and one in New Mexico. Most of their grandchildren live on the Outer Banks, with two grandchildren and one great grandson living in Pennsylvania.
The couple opened Duck Deli in 1986 when they moved to Duck. Fifteen years ago, ownership was turned over to their two sons living in the area. At this point Forlano was “demoted” to maintenance man, ice cream man, and whatever else his sons ask him to do. When asked about retirement he said: “I am not and never will retire…eventually, we all get to lie down and take that ‘LONG REST”, but until then I want to enjoy being awake.”
Upon incorporation, Forlano took an active role in the Town as a member of the Personnel Committee and the Planning Board, which he chaired from 2003-2008 and served as a board member from 2008-2017. He was also part of the committee that created Duck’s original Land Use Plan. His community service continues through volunteer work at Town events including the 4th of July Parade.
The Town of Duck has truly become the Forlano’s home and he is very proud of the accomplishments achieved during the short time as an incorporated Town. The family has made many friends and enjoys the “small town” atmosphere. He considers it a great honor to be chosen as the 2018 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal.