Joseph Francis Wallace
1953 - 2016
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WALLACE Joseph Francis wallace " Joey" (Age 62) Of Richmond, VA, departed this life on February 24, 2016. He is survived by his wife, the love of his life Jeanne Wallace; two beloved sons, Sam and James Wallace; his sister, Rita Burke and her husband Frederic; two brothers, Terry Wallace, his wife Haas and Patrick Wallace. In addition he is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. He was the son of Margaret and Dr. Joseph J. Wallace. He grew up in Bethesda, MD, graduated from Walt Whitman High School earned his undergraduate at Boston College, his Master''s at University of Maine, and received his Doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. A lifelong Redskins fan and Deadhead, Joey dedicated his career to the service of people with disabilities, and his work touched and changed the lives of thousands. He developed innovative and much-needed programs at the Bureau of Mental Retardation in Lewiston, ME, and at Southside Virginia training center, the Virginia Assistive Technology Service, The Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). He was currently serving as director of RESNA''s Catalyst Project in Washington, DC, commuting weekly between his office and home in Richmond, and he continued to travel the world consulting on low interest assistive technology loan programs. For twenty years, he taught a class on disability studies at John Tyler Community College. He enjoyed spending time at his beach house "Wally World" in the outer banks. Joey once explained his life''s mission as "breaking down barriers that hold people back." A relentless and quietly forceful advocate for people with disabilities, Joey''s compassionate attention to all he met and his heartfelt refusal to accept categories that separate us from each other won him the monicker The Doctor of Love. Joey''s friendships range back to infancy and around the world. As his longtime colleague Ken Knorr recalls, "he was the world''s best listener, and did not know how to burn a bridge." His example of how to live a good and loving life is his real legacy to all who knew him. A Celebration of Joey''s life will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Bon Air Community Association Banquet Hall, 8725 Quaker Lane, Richmond, VA 23235, on Thursday, March 3. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Fabry Disease Foundation, which represents the rare genetic disorder that affected Joey.



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Published in The Washington Post from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2016.
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July 26, 2016
Hi Jeanne,
I am so sorry to hear about Joey. what a good man he was.
Krishan Verma Lewiston Maine.
March 6, 2016
Mar. 7, 2016
Just heard of your family's loss today when talking to a co-worker. Sorry and will miss him very much. He would always stop by with his students while working at Tyler. Hello and love to the young men (his sons).
Ella Baskerville
March 5, 2016
"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us".
Holding you close in our thzoughts and prayers,
Michele and Harold Shapiro
Harold Shapiro
March 4, 2016
Dear Jeanne and family,
I'm so sorry to hear belatedly of your tragic loss. Had I known sooner, I certainly would have made efforts to attend your remembrance gathering. Joey was a great friend when we were in college and after. I was always so pleased for him that he had met you, the love of his life. I know he remained always a wonderful husband and father. I'll never forget the great times Joey and I spent during our wildly misspent youth. One can scarcely put into words how proud we all felt about his professional accomplishments in his later years. My deepest condolences to you and yours.
Joseph Toomey, Baltimore, MD
Joseph Toomey
March 4, 2016
There is a common theme in all of the tributes to Joey and that one word is Love. Joey knew the power of hug, kiss, listening ear and simple words that things will work out. He was a friend and mentor to me and I will truly miss him. May your heartfelt memories comfort his family and friends.
Alicia Johns
March 3, 2016
Dear Wallace Family - My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Joey will be deeply missed, and I will always remember Joey sharing his stories. What a life well lived!
Sandy Prince
March 3, 2016
Jeanne,
So sorry to hear this. God must have needed another Angel. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.
Rose Bonton
Rose Bonton
March 3, 2016
Dear Wallace Family, I'm sorry for your loss. I will remember Joey Wallace's wonderful smile, his kindness, his one-liners and his advocacy for persons with disabilities. He made a difference and we will miss him!
Bunny Caro-Justin
March 2, 2016
Sam, sorry for your loss. What an incredible father you had! His contributions to this world will remain as a beacon for all that is good. Prayers and love for you and your family during this difficult time. Hugs....
Jinx Reinhard
March 2, 2016
Joey Wallace leaves a tremendous legacy, and will be deeply missed. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his beloved family and friends.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
March 2, 2016
I had the opportunity to meet Joey a number of times while working in state government. He was terrific to work with and a tireless advocate for individuals with disabilities. A life well lived. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Keith Hare
March 2, 2016
Keeping the Wallace family close in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. Lisa and Dave Oxley, Powhatan, VA
March 2, 2016
I will miss my friend.

Norman
March 2, 2016
I will miss my friend.
norman rothwell
March 2, 2016
I will miss my friend.

Norman
norman rothwell
March 2, 2016
The Patrick Rose family experienced Joey's kindness and help thru our son Scott. His friendship and humor will be greatly missed. He always gave me ideas that made me think in a different direction. I will miss him!
Patrick Rose and family
March 2, 2016
James, sending love and prayers to you and your family. Wish I could have met your father. He sounds like an amazing man. All the best, Reno Bo
Reno Bo
March 1, 2016
I was so very sorry to learn of Joey's passing. Sam was one of my close friends in high school, and I had the privilege of getting to know him all those years ago. What I learned is that he was an amazing dad, that loved his family more than anything, and made everyone feel welcome in his home. He was an exceptional guy, and I know he will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to the Wallace family during this time..
Alison Weisz
March 1, 2016
I was so sorry to hear about Joey's passing. Continued prayers for the family.
Faye Brumfield
March 1, 2016
My deepest condolences to your family. Joey was a real pioneer in the field and has sure made an impact and has helped us with the work that we do in Guam with our AT and loan programs. His expertise and warm spirit will sure be missed. Rest in paradise dear friend Joey.
Carla Torres
March 1, 2016
A really good person. I am glad I had the opprtunity to know him and work with him.
Dave Matheis
March 1, 2016
My heart and prayers go out to Jeanne, Sam, James and family. Joey was such a loving person and even though I only knew him for a short period of time, he touched my life is so many ways and I am truly blessed to have known a wonderful soul.
Jonathan Thomas
March 1, 2016
Joey enlightening our lives
Sadness when I think about his "free spirit" not being with us. He was just a great friend. On the other hand, we celebrate that his free spirit is actually, really free now! Thank you for being part of our earth bound existence. Love to family and all his many friends and admirers.
Ned & Kathi Campbell
March 1, 2016
Jeannie, James, Sammy and Joey's entire family have my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. He left us way too soon. I've known Joey more than 25 years and value the shared memories. He is truly and greatly missed. His cheerful smile and warm hugs were always welcomed by his friends and fellow advocates. May you all be comforted by your memories.
JANE WARD-SOLOMON
March 1, 2016
Joey Wallace was a cool guy, a great listener, smart, and engaging. Since I was a kid, my life was unreliably tangential with Joey's. Playing basketball at the Wallace's, over at Rita & Buzzy's, at family events with the sweet & kind Jeanie. Yet every time I was with him, it was interesting and 'right', I was better for it - such a good, good guy. Thaddeus Burke
March 1, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you share the memories of Joey and your lives together. May those memories help support and embrace you as your mourn Joey's loss. Joey willingly shared his vast knowledge and experience with our students at JTCC, enhancing their awareness about working with people with Disabilities. Joey was an exceptional man who touched the lives of all those he met and changed the lives of so many. With Deepest Sympathy
Y Barry
March 1, 2016
What a fine friend and heartfelt advocate for others in need. Joey gave of himself with such simple grace that it's only after he's gone that one can see just how broadly he cared for others. We shall miss his smile, humor, and love for others - his family, his friends, his colleagues, the music.
Ed Ansello
February 29, 2016
Joey was among the first people I met in Richmond. His kind soul and warm heart helped me as a very young professional. I am holding Joey, his wife, Jeanne, sons, and all of Joey's family and friends in the light.
Carol Schall
February 29, 2016
Our prayers go out o the Wallace family, Joey will be missed by so many. He was such a good person even if he was a Redskins fan. We enjoyed dropping in for a visit when we were at the beach. Jack and Donna Matthews
February 29, 2016
Joey is such a good man and he will be missed by so many. I count myself fortunate to have known him and am certainly a better person for it. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Larry Roberts
February 29, 2016
You know how you think fondly of someone from time to time (and actually smile or laugh out loud at a memory!)? And you always enjoy hearing how they are doing, what they've been up to, challenges, successes, transitions? Well, that was me. I always thought that I would run into Joey at any time, and we would enjoy catching up with each other, however briefly. Sadly, that day did not come. But I don't feel cheated at all - I am grateful for the time that I did spend with him as a peripheral member of his tribe! To me that demonstrates the remarkable spirit that inhabited Joey's physical body. (For the record, the last time I spent time with Joey in person, he was telling me about the "bar bet" he could now use to prank people - after all, who would bet that someone has 3 kidneys?) Joey, may your merry prankster spirit live on! Akal, akal, akal.
Patti Goodall
February 28, 2016
Thinking of the Wallace family at this sad time. George and Barbara graves
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