William H. Wallace of Melbourne, Fla., was called to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 73.
He was born Jan. 31, 1944, to the late Joseph and Grace Wallace, formerly from Burlington.
William grew up in Burlington where he graduated from Burlington City High School in 1962. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force where his career as a fire fighter began. Afterwards, he attended New Jersey State Teachers College (now known as Kean University) in Union Township, N.J. where he received his degree.
William was employed as a New Jersey State fire marshal from the Division of Fire Safety, Department of Community Affairs until his retirement in 1995, where he then moved to Florida. He was also a deputy fire marshal with the Criminal Investigation Section of the New Jersey Division of State Police. He was a fire investigator and fire trainer, and he conducted plan reviews for new construction and on-site inspections.
William was a past fire chief of the Burlington City Fire Department and an active member of the Past Presidents of the Young America Fire Company #3; he was also a life member of the Endeavor Fire Company #1, Hope Steam Fire Company #1, Mitchell Fire Company #4, Neptune Fire Company #5, and the Niagara Fire Company #6.
Chief Wallace was a member of the Burlington Fire Department since 1960 and a life member of the Burlington City Relief Association and the Burlington City Exempt Fireman’s Association. He was also a 25-year member of the Relief Fire Company #3 of Burlington Township. Chief Wallace was an instructor for the Burlington Fire Academy for 30 years prior to his retirement. He was also a senior instructor with the New Jersey State Fire College for 15 years.
William was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #22, Miriam Rebekah Lodge #112, and Powhattan Encampment #30, all in Burlington. He was also a member of St. Cloud Lodge #66 Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Deborah Rebekah Lodge #82, both in St. Cloud, Fla.
William loved to travel, loved Nascar, had a special love for his dogs, and he never turned down a good buffet. He also had a very “interesting” sense of humor. He always left you laughing.
William is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Cheryl of Melbourne, Fla. He was also the loving husband of Wanda E. Wallace for 25 years prior to her passing in 2002. He is survived by his children, Joseph Estelow (Rachael) of Edgewater Park, Audrey Bock (Thomas) of Florence, Wanda Burns (Norman) of Burlington Township, Richard Estelow (Ginger) of Burlington Township, and Vicki Burger (Benjamin) of Willingboro. He is survived by his two brothers, John Wallace (Jane) of Cinnaminson, and Joseph Wallace (Rose) of Burlington. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Joseph Jr., Thomas Jr., Lacey, Sandra, William, and Angela; and three great-grandchildren, KaShuan, Adrianna, and Lilliana. There are many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Dennison-McGee Funeral Home, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. His funeral service will immediately follow. Entombment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery Mausoleum in Burlington, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017, or at www.ALZinfo.org. To offer condolences to the family, please visit the web site listed below.
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