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Richard Wallace Sr.

January 27, 2002

Richard E. Wallace Sr., 75, of Centerville, formerly of Pittsfield, died Jan. 27 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

Born in Boston on Aug. 3, 1926, son of Richard C. and Anna Kirby Wallace, he graduated from Holy Cross College in 1950, after serving in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Wallace worked for Riddell Inc. for many years while working with college and professional teams in the Northeast. He became Riddell's national vice president of sales and moved to Chicago in 1974.

After leaving the company, he was a self-employed manufacturing representative and moved to Cleveland, where he resided until retiring and moving to Centerville.

While in Pittsfield, he was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a longtime member of Berkshire Hills Country Club. He also was a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and, for more than 20 years, was a high school football official.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church in Cape Cod and had volunteered for the handicapped patrol for the town of Barnstable. He also worked as a census representative.

In 2000, he was elected to the Winthrop High School Hall of Fame for his outstanding football and basketball achievements. He was active in the Holy Cross Alumni Association. He enjoyed playing golf and was scheduled to be a marshal at the Ryder Cup until it was canceled due to the events of Sept. 11. He enjoyed traveling and had recently visited Egypt, Spain and Ireland.

His wife, the former Irene Howard, died in 1973.

He leaves a son, Richard E. Wallace Jr. of Potomac, Md.; six daughters, Ann M. Mitchell of Pittsfield, Susan I. Cwynar of Hyannis, Virginia E. Wallace of Atlanta, Barbara K. Wallace of Amherst, Marcia J. Milter of Parma, Ohio, and Kathleen C. Wallace of Arlington; 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 in Our Lady of Victory Church, Centerville. Burial was held in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Pittsfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 945 Old Connecticut Path, Suite 220, Framingham, MA 01701, or through DOANE, BEAL & AMES FUNERAL HOME, 160 West Main St., Hyannis.

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