Richard Reade “Dick” Wallace, age 63, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey, in May of 1950, to Stella E. and Stafford Ray Wallace, and spent most of his childhood in northern Illinois. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, and worked at the engineering firm of Reynolds, Smith and Hill in Jacksonville since 1975. Dick was a licensed professional civil engineer in the Bridge division, and he contributed to or led many bridge projects in Florida and other states. He was one of the lead engineers for the Dames Point Bridge project, and was in charge of designing and supervising the recent restoration of the historical Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine. He won several prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Technical State Achievement award from the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers of the Florida Engineering Society. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Catherine “Catie” Wallace; son, Brad Wallace; sister, Margaret “Peggy” Wallace and brother-in-law, Wayne McCormack of Gainesville FL; brother, Robert B. Wallace and sister-in-law Lynn Wallace of Peoria IL; aunt, Marion Flandrena of Carmichael, CA, and multiple cousins. Dick also had passion for volunteerism and animals. His favorite charitable activity spanned 13 years, during which he and Catie, with their beloved therapy dog Candy, comforted the children of Wolfson Children’s Hospital through 336 visits. A memorial service will be held at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. University Blvd, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. - noon, followed by a luncheon. The Reverend Terry Lucarelli will officiate. It was Dick’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago (708-688-8317; tell Jeanette that it is for the polar bears), or Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements by GIDDENS-REED FUNERAL HOME, Baldwin, FL, 904-387-0055 (www.giddensreedfh.com).