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Leonard Wallace

Leonard Edwin Wallace

Sunday, June 25th, 1939 - Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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Leonard Edwin Wallace, 81, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, passed in peace at home on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the age of 81. After serving in the Hartford Fire Department for 41 years, he retired as assistant chief of the department in 2002. Leonard was born in Hartford, CT on June 25, 1939 to Olive (Briscoe) Wallace and Lenzy Roman Wallace and remained in the Hartford area all his life. He attended Weaver High School, excelling in football and track, winning the pole-vaulting state championship of 1956, prior to his graduation in 1957. He had a keen interest in the Marines while in high school and went on to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve. Firefighting was not a surprising career for Lenny, who was by nature altruistic, fearless, and resourceful. In the late 1990s, he was an ardent advocate for thermal imaging equipment to enable firefighters to see through smoke. Lenny was an avid reader who had a passion for learning about other cultures, which led him to travel the world and teach himself Spanish. His sense of adventure led him to explore much of the planet, including his fondest trip, to Australia. In his later years, it was not unusual for family and friends to receive postcards from far off places with his signature mischievous wit. A masterful deep-sea fisherman, Lenny made sure that each of his children and many grandchildren was able to accompany him- no matter the weather! His adoration for the UConn women's basketball team was legendary. He was a crafty chess player who enjoyed challenging his children and grandchildren. He was a world history buff, a poetry composer, and an eclectic music lover. One of his greatest joys was attending family celebrations and his children's and grandchildren's school and sporting events. Lenny was a loving, supportive father who will be greatly missed by his six children: Steven (Robin) Wallace, Kenneth Wallace, Lori Baker, Brandon (Analid Gomez) Wallace, Jason (Lleidy DeLeon) Wallace, and Leah Wallace; his fifteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends. He is survived by his brothers Lenzy (Adrianne Baughns) Wallace Jr., Frederick (Kathleen) Wallace, and Oliver Briscoe Wallace, and his sister, Shirley (Harry) Hardy. He also leaves his former wives, Patricia Scruse Wallace and Bernice McGee Wallace. He was predeceased by his mother, father, and sister, Barbara Cuyler. A private memorial service will be held by the family. On Saturday, August 15, family and friends may visit at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Road, Wethersfield, CT, from 12pm to 2pm. Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital or a charity of your choice. The service will be live streamed. To extend condolences, share a memory, and get web streaming instructions, please visit Leonard's webpage at www.farleysullivan.com.
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    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield
    Address
    34 Beaver Rd.
    WETHERSFIELD, CT 06109
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Bob Countryman

Posted at 09:04pm
My sincere condolences to the family of Lenny Wallace. He was my classmate through Northeast Junior High School and Weaver High School. We graduated together with the Class of 1957. Lenny was a very good friend during those days, but we lost contact after high school.
Until we meet again my friend, RIP,

Bob Countryman
Weaver ‘57
UCONN ‘61
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Diana (Dee-Dee) Jackson

Posted at 08:43am
Rest In Peace Lenny 💞
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Posted at 02:07pm
Leonard Wallace will remain in our hearts forever. From Yamel Diaz and family.
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Raul Guinazu

Posted at 07:33am
I'm deeply saddened by the passing of Chief Leonard [Lenny] Wallace. I had the honor of being his aide while in District One. He was a soft spoken man, always in a good mood [but not before breakfast!]. Breakfast at Papas was the first order of business. Lunch at Hartford Hospital was also one of his favorites. I'm sorry I will not be able to attend his services. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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Ivan Villalobos

Posted at 09:07pm
I worked with Lenny at HFD. I remember driving him in the Dist car. He loved having breakfast at Hartford Hospital. Always
a gentleman. He had a soft spot for the Latino firefighters of which I was one. He advised me and showed concern. He will be missed.
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