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William Havelock Wallace

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William Havelock Wallace

William Havelock Wallace was born on August 24, 1922 and passed away on July 31, 2014, after a brief illness, in Long Beach, California. Bill was an electronics manufacturing representative for Wallace & Wallace, an early tech company founded by his father. He was a Long Beach Polytechnic High School graduate, World War II Navy veteran, proud USC graduate and Sigma Chi fraternity member, and loving husband and father. Bill excelled at golf, so he gave up his prized sailboat and joined Virginia Country Club, where he played to a 7 handicap for years. Bill and his wife, Margaret, being avid world travelers, visited 42 countries, playing golf wherever they stayed. Bill made 14 holes-in-one and "shot his age," or better, 156 times. After aviation training during WW II, Bill advanced to the IFR rating as a private pilot. He volunteered his time to civic and youth groups, including Little League Baseball, Community Hospital Long Beach, and Cancer League. Active with the L. B. Boy Scouts, in 1990, Bill was rewarded with the highest recognition a Boy Scout volunteer leader may attain: the Silver Beaver Award. Bill proudly wore the Red Blazer of the Committee of 300 Bd. of Governors, LB Gran Prix, being a sports car enthusiast. The last 5 years of Bill's life were made especially joyful by the devoted care-giving and constant companionship of his daughter Joni and her son Christopher. Bill was an amazing aviator, flying his Cessna 182 throughout the West with son Bob who shared his love of golf, along with grandchildren co-pilots Christopher and Johnathon.

Bill is survived by his children, Joni Wallace Swanson and Robert "Bob" Wallace; grandchildren Christopher Swanson and Johnathon Hughes; sister and brother-in-law Betty Jean and Russell Green; sister-in-law Carol Poitevin Stahl; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Ann Beckley Wallace; parents Bertha Lindquist and Donald Clare Wallace; and brother Donald C. Wallace Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 8, at Stricklin/Snively Mortuary, 1952 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Wallace Sisters Foundation for Girls Golf at LB Poly High School, the Aquarium of the Pacific, or . Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, 2014
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