Vernon A. Wallace Sr., 82, city firefighter

November 19, 2003

Vernon A. Wallace Sr., a retired city firefighter, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center. He was 82.

Mr. Wallace was born in Baltimore and raised on Hoffman Street. He left Polytechnic Institute in his senior year to help support his family. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as an aviation radioman in the Pacific.

Returning to Baltimore, he was married in 1946 to Eileen M. Good, and for many years the couple made their home on Glenmore Avenue in Hamilton. They later moved to Fullerton, and since 1999 had resided at Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

Mr. Wallace joined the city Fire Department in 1950 and spent most of his career as a driver and tillerman with Truck 30 in Northeast Baltimore. He retired in 1986.

He enjoyed spending time at a home he maintained on Millers Island. He also liked reading history and playing with his beagle Lady.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wallace is survived by two sons, Vernon A. Wallace Jr. and David S. Miller, both of Millers Island; two daughters, Pamela McComas-Ecker of Boring and Lou Ann Wallace Cook of Pasadena; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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