Wallace, Richard J. “Dick”

November 21st, 2011
Richard Julian Wallace, fondly known as “Dick” to his family and friends, died peacefully at home in Wilmington on November 19, 2011, at the age of 77.
Dick was born in Queens, New York, to Linnie (Dyer) Wallace and Leon Wallace.  He was raised in East Summer, Maine by his grandparents and attended Buckfield Maine High School before moving to Jackson Heights, New York to live with his mother where he graduated from Brooklyn High School of Automotive Trades.
Dick was drafted into the United States Navy where he served on the USS English, he was honorably discharged in 1957.  Following his discharge, Dick went to work in the automotive field in Chicago, Illinois.
Dick moved to New York and went to work for TWA Airlines at Kennedy Airport, after several years he transferred to Boston Logan Airport.  Dick retired as a Grounds Operational Manager following 35 years of dedicated service to TWA.
During his retirement, Dick kept busy by driving school buses in Wilmington and worked part-time at Trull Brook Golf Course in Tewksbury.  He also enjoyed spending winters at “The Villages” in Florida.
Dick had a passion for sports, golf was his favorite and he proudly shot a “hole-in-one” at the Trull Brook Course.
Dick was also a big hockey fan and coached Wilmington Youth Hockey for several years.
Dick was the beloved husband of 54 years to Norma L. (Brown) Wallace, devoted father of Julie Wallace Schwartz of Boston, William Wallace of Downingtown, PA, and James Wallace of Austin, TX, loving grandfather of Charles and Leslie Schwartz of Boston, Kelsey, Jeffrey, and Drew Wallace of PA, Ben and Jack Wallace of TX, Dick is also survived by his twin brother Robert Wallace of Sun City West, AZ, and his brother Kenneth Wallace of Sun City, AZ.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Monday, November 28th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, November 27th from 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund, P. O. Box 970025, Boston, MA 02297-0025 or to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road #400, Waltham, MA 02451.

13 Entries in Guest Book for “Wallace, Richard J. “Dick””

  1. Robert Wallace says:

    Richard was a great brother and we had good times growing up in Maine. He was a big help to us over years. We will miss him.

  2. Cindy Wallace says:

    My Uncle Richard’s house was a great place to go to for vacations and family gatherings. Uncle would get all of us kids laughing and playing games, preferably outdoors, even in the dead of a Boston winter! My memories of time with Uncle Richard and Aunt Norma are some of my favorites, and of course hanging with cousin Julie, us girls had to team up against the boys! Richard always stood by the girls and told the boys to take it easy on us! I remember one conversation with my Uncle, who told me I could be anything I wanted to be, I was smart enough and good enough. Bless him for doing that! Our family has lost a great one!

  3. John Harris says:


    I was sorry to read that your father had passed away. I keep in touch with the Romanski’s and visit with them here in Wilmington several times a year and they let me know that your wife had passed away a while ago so I wanted to express my sympathy regarding that loss as well. I think the last time I saw you was on that terribly cold day that we buried Chris at the Wildwood Cemetery. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.


  4. Frances Peterson says:

    We are so sorry to hear this news. We didn’t get together that often,but it was always so good to see him. My strong memories are of us all being together in the summer time in Maine at our grandparents.
    We send our love and prayers to you at this time.
    Fran & Lenny

  5. Paul & Riessle says:

    We are sorry to hear of Richards passing—i tried seeing him this past summer but was quite sick—I worked under Richard in the garage for a few years—many good memories–he will truly be missed but not forgotten
    Paul Riessle aircraft maintenance

  6. Debbie Wallace-Ebbesen says:

    Uncle Richard will be missed by all of us that were fortunate to know him. His great Love and accomplishment is his wonderful family. I miss seeing Uncle Richard and Aunt Norma in Myrtle Beach. I chuckle everytime I think about the golf games we had and the fun we had. He did not part with his dimes easily!! and boy, did he give me grief about playing from the “ladies” tee boxes!! He would walk thru the woods and swampy areas looking for balls, I told him if he got bit by a snake we would keep playing! He never got bit by a snake and he always found loads of ball. I am grateful that I can bring my Dad to Boston to say good bye to his beloved brother.

  7. Paul Kelley says:

    I was sorry to hear Dick had passed away. I worked with him
    at TWA for a few years. My prayers are with Dick and his family.

  8. Dave Jackson says:

    Norma Wallace and Family, I am sorry to here of your loss. He was a good friend and associate. I worked with Dick in many capacities at TWA for many years. Dick was always dedicated to his work, and to those who worked for and with him. He was compassionate, caring, giving, and fair in all his doings. He was a gentleman and well respected throughout the TWA organization. We all will miss him. May you feel comfort from those around you at this time of your grieving. May the joys you have shared together bring you comfort.
    I’m sorry that I will not be there. Unfortunately we are headed west on a long awaited trip and will be out of the area for a couple of weeks. I am sorry and will miss seeing you. You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

  9. Kathleen Wallace says:

    One of the things I will always be grateful to Uncle Richard and Aunt Norma for was allowing our entire family to move in with them when I was like 8 or 9 years old. That made 9 people under one roof and one bathroom (at the time) for all of us. We needed a place to stay for at least a few weeks, as I recall, until our new accommodations were ready.
    During that entire time, we all got along and we functioned as “Team Wallace”! I’m sure Uncle Richard’s and my Dad’s love of sports helped us to function so well as a team, display good sportsmanship-like conduct, and not end up in the penalty box. Lessons I still use to this very day. We miss you very much Uncle Richard!

  10. Hank and Ann Sledz says:

    Norma Wallace and Family, I am sorry to here of your loss. He was a good friend and associate.

  11. Donna Fitzpatrick says:

    To Julie and Family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. It sounds like he was a fun- loving, kind, and generous man. I’ll be thinking of you.

  12. George Clancy says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Dick.I worked at TWA for 34 years and Dick Wallace was my boss for a few of them. He was a great boss and I will miss him and his fairness.

    George Clancy

  13. Frances Peterson says:

    Dear Norma,

    I’m sorry we were not able to attend the sevice today for Rich, I hope all went well for you. You were in thoughts all day, bless you .


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