Steven F. Shames

by | Aug 11, 2022 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—Steven F. Shames, age 74, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Steven was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 10, 1948, to the late Edward and Ida Shames. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Linda for 52 years. He was father to his beloved children, Sarah Shames Ehret and husband Matthew, and Aaron Shames and wife Rachel; grandfather, “Pops,” to Marissa and Ryan Ehret, and Bayla, Simi, and Eden Shames; brother to Douglas Shames and wife Ilene; uncle to Adam Goodman, Allison Zofan, Sam Shames, and Rebecca Schulz, and close and loyal friend to many. His dearest friends, G.L. “Skip” White, Robert Byrum, and Darlene Biggs were considered second family.

He was a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and the William & Mary Law School. He served honorably in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant. Steven was a partner in the law firm of Shames & Byrum, PC, member of the Virginia State Bar, member and past president of the Chesapeake Bar Association, past president of the Norfolk SPCA, four-term chairman of the 1st District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar, Divorce Commissioner Circuit Court City of Chesapeake, and adjunct professor of Legal Studies at Tidewater Community College.

A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Cantor David Proser officiating.

Memorial contributions in his honor (memory) may be sent to the Virginia SPCA and Kehillat Bet Hamidrash (KBH) Synagogue of Virginia Beach. Online condolences may be offered to the family at