PORTSMOUTH - Llewellyn E. "Wally" Wallingford, 80, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at The Clipper Home in Portsmouth, from complications of a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
He was born March 5, 1932 in Lebanon, Maine, son of the late Alfred and Emily (Fogg) Wallingford. He was a graduate of Spaulding High School and proudly served in the Korean War
Mr. Wallingford resided in Portsmouth with his wife, Joan before his stay at The Clipper Home. He was retired from a long and fulfilling career with the N.H. Department of Transportation. One of his many duties while working for DOT was snow removal and plowing on the N.H. roadways. The snow was one of the highlights for Wally. He would pull all-nighters, even staying on for up to 72 hours to keep the N.H. roads safe. He loved every minute of it. He was dedicated and a hard worker even after his retirement. He always kept busy. He worked part-time at The Meadowbrook Inn and Osprey Landing as groundskeeper.
Many people within the Portsmouth community knew or thought of Wally as "Santa." Not only did he have an uncanny resemblance of Santa Claus, he volunteered much of his time playing this role for the Portsmouth Police Department and other community events. This was one of his many passions. He made many children happy.
Other passions and hobbies of Wally's included spending time with his grandson, Tyriek, playing bingo, and visiting Foxwoods Casino and Resort with his family. Wally's family considered him a master griller when it came to making hamburgers on the grill. They called them "Wally Burgers." They were unusually large and extremely yummy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Joan M. Wallingford of Portsmouth; daughter, Mary L. Mendes of Arlington, Mass.; grandson, Tyriek D. Ingram (Mendes) also of Arlington; and many other loving relatives.
services: A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Osprey Landing's function Hall, 10 Sanderling Way, Portsmouth. Friends and family are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Toys For Tots program. Visit www.stockbridgefh.com
to visit an online guestbook in Wally's honor.