Wallace was born at home in Charleston, Nova Scotia to Elisha and Lillian (Firth). He died at the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, at the age of 102. He left his longtime home in Brooklyn to reside at Ashwood Assisted Living in Cookville for the last several years.
Wallace’s love of driving is the theme behind most of his occupations throughout his life, beginning with being behind the wheel of a local delivery truck, working at Rossignol Garage in Liverpool, managing a food truck in Sandy Cove, driving a school bus for the Region of Queens for 31 years and installer for Oceanview Trailer Sales, White Point.
Wallace & Millie married in March of 1947. They enjoyed Square Dancing and could be found at dances on Saturday nights. He and Millie loved going to clambakes on the beach and family gatherings. They also had a cabin at Long Lake which they enjoyed immensely.
Wallace loved music and sang in the church choir. He could usually be found at the door selling tickets for local concerts. Wallace took an active interest in his nieces and nephews, enjoying time spent with them.
In the 80s, Wallace was proudly awarded a Citation of Bravery for saving the life of Donald Fisher from drowning, at Long Lake.
At his 90th birthday party, he was encouraged to speak to the crowd of family and friends. He grabbed the microphone, and after a few words, he began to sing. He was quite entertaining and had a wicked sense of humor.
Besides his parents Wallace was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Millie (Clattenburg); his brothers, Malcolm, Ross, Arthur & Leon and his sisters, Mildred, Ester, Elsie, Edra & Erma.
Wallace is survived by his brother, Douglas (Judy) of Charleston; goddaughter, Wanda Baron of Charleston; his companion, Theda Carroll of Bridgewater; many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place with Chandlers’ Funeral Home in Liverpool. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., from Seaside Community Cemetery, Brooklyn, Queens County. Reverend Judy Cross officiating. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the SHAID Tree Animal Shelter. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com
Thank you to the staff of Ashwood and a special thank you to Dr. Chaisson, staff of the South Shore Regional Hospital, and Nurse Practitioner Natasha Paul.
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so sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing, he was a good friend and neighbor, condolences to Theda and family from Pat and Robert
So sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. I remember him being my bus driver when I started school and for many years after. Hugs to the family.
Bella and Jordan Oickle
So sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. R.I.P. Wallace ,you will be missed by many.
Dear Theda and family!
Sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. He was always so friendly. He had a good long life and enjoyed live. He will be missed and remembered by many! With sympathy and love. Genevieve Bond.
On behalf of the community of faith at Bridgewater Baptist Church, we share our love and deepest sympathy with the Parnell family. Wallace was such a warm man with an endearing sense of humour. We are thankful for his life and sincere faith. In Christ, Pastor Aaron Kenny
So sorry to see that Wallace had passed away. Always had a good chat with him whenever we met.
Condolences to family and friends.
Stephen and Marilyn Anthony
Sorry for your loss
Now he and Milly are together again, RIP, Wallis,
Carol & Daniel Roberge
Our sincere sympathies to the Parnell family.
Sandy ( Levy) Cross
So sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. He was my bus driver during my school years a long time ago. He was always kind and had a great sense of humour. He will be missed. R.I.P. Mr. Wallace.
To Wallace’s family sending my condolences on your loss . I know Wallace as he was my bus driver when I started school .
He was a great man now he is with Millie .
Diane and Donald White
You will be missed and remembered by many Wallace. Rest peacefully
Sydney and Denise Parnell
RIP Wallace. Our sincere condolences to all family members. You will always be remembered by those whose hearts you touched.
Ray & EVEY WOLFE
Please accept our condolences
Charlotte (Whynot) Parks
So sorry to hear of Mr Parnell’s passing. My condolences go out to his family… Mr Parnell was my school bus driver many many trips around the sun ago… he would always remember me and we should talk about him driving me on the bus and me now driving the same run.. R.I.P. Mr. Parnell
So sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. He was our neighbor for many years and I always enjoyed our conversations.
So sorry to hear of Wallace passing.
Wallace had a devilish sense of humour that I so enjoyed.He will be missed.
Jordan and I extend our sympathy to Wallace’s family and friends. Wallace was friends with my Mom and Dad, growing up together in the same community. Five years ago, when my Dad passed away, Dad’s funeral was held on a very cold, blustery day, but sure enough there was Wallace to give me a big hug! His kindness will always be remembered by those who knew him.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
Our condolences to Theda and all the Parnell Family. Treasure the Memories. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Frank and Jane Croft
So sorry to hear that Wallace has passed on. He was the best school bus driver their was. He was my son’s bus driver many years ago. A very understanding and friendly man. Sending sincere condolences to his family.
May He Rest In Peace ❤️
So sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing! Please accept our sincerest condolences. I had the pleasure of driving with Wallace many, many years ago. I drove school buses as well while he was there. Always kind to me during my ‘short’ stay.
Rose (Veinot) Mooers
My condolences to Wallace’s family.
Wallace was also my bus driver.
I remember Wallace so well. I always waited on him in the meat dept at Sobeys. When we moved to Truro in 2004, he came in one day to see me and it made me so happy. I was feeling homesick and it was just what I needed. He was a wonderful person.
Darren whynot & lisa tarr
To all the family we send our deepest sympathy
John and Donna Murray
So sad to hear that Wallace has passed. He was a kind thoughtful person. Sincere condolences……
Dennis & Sherri Harrington
Sending sincere condolences to all of the family, he will be missed by many, Take care.
Joy (Penny) Dexter
He was a kind man, and always had a wry smile on his face when he picked me up at my driveway instead of the appointed place. As if to say, “are you ever going to be on time?”
So very sorry to read Wallace has passed away. He was my school bus driver way back when I was in high school. He was such a sweet man and such a gentleman. He never failed to have a nice chat whenever we met – such a sharp memory. I will always remember him with fond memories – he will be missed. My most sincere sympathy goes out to his family.
May you rest in peace. Many will miss you.
Doug & Judy
Condolences on the passing of your brother. Growing up in the same community knew Wallace all my life. Amos and I always enjoyed square dancing with Wallace and Millie. He always had a story to tell . Doug I’m sure you have many wonderful memories of your brother . He will be forever in your ❤. R.I.P Wallace
Sorry to hear of Wallace I always liked having a chat when we met, our prayers are with you.
robert w. young
Sorry to hear about Wallace’s passing,I sure that there’s not many kids that lived around Mersey Point/ Western Head that had the pleasure to have Wallace drive them to school everyday.He was a great guy to have the odd story with,and never forgot a face .Cherish all those pleasant times you shared together.RIP Wallace.
I give thanks for the life of Wallace knowing he has now received his heavenly reward. Wallace and Millie were our landlords many years ago. They welcomed us to the little apartment above their house. In later years Wallace always asked about our son. God speed, Wallace.
So sorry to read of Wally’s passing . I have known Wally for many years , He was my mister fix it when i lived in the White Point Trailer Park over 40 years ago . Rest in peace my friend . My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family .
I was very sad to hear that Wallace had passed away. He was such a sweet man. He was my bus driver for many years. Later in life I was thrilled to meet up with him again when my daughter, Tiffany married your grandson. He will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
What a special man Wallace was. He had a keen sense of humour, was very helpful at all Hank Snow events for many, many years and was a good friend who gave great hugs. Condolences to our friend Theda as they always came as a pair to help out. Condolences to his family and many friends. Sorry to hear this news. I will remember his hugs and the help he gave to the Friends of Hank Snow Society.
Sending condolences to Theda and to his family, I will remember his humor, it was a pleasure to be one of his friends. Rest In Peace, Wallace.
I am truly sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. What a great man and life he led ; I remember him fondly from our summer cottage days , we all loved Long lake and when we got to visit their cottage , it was a great day.
So sad to hear of Wallace’s passing and we send you our heartfelt condolences! What a kind and gracious life lived and we hope you take comfort in all the wonderful memories and smiles that thoughts of Wallace will always bring. Huge hugs!
Theda and family
So sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing a very nice man with a sense of humor
I meet Wallace at a jam in Cherry Hill jam he always stopped to have a chat and a hug.
Sending my condolences to all
May God Bless you all
Carolyn and George Parnell
Sincere condolences to the family.
David & Judy Whynott of mersey point
Condolences to all of Wallace’s family and friends. Always enjoyed having a talk with Wallace and Millie as I worked with Millie at Sears and saw Wallace quite often. bless you all at this sad time.
Arthur and Marion Clattenburg
Sending condolences to Doug and Judy and Theda and all the family. So sorry for your loss.
To the family,
My sincere condolences to all. A very friendly man, always with a big smile
whenever we met. I can’t believe he was 102 years old. What a great long life he had.
Sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. Our condolences
to Wallace’s family. A long life, well spent.
Cathy & Rollie Wentzell
My condolences to Theda and family on the passing of Wallace.
Barb and Lorne Redmond
Just saw this and Lorne and I wanted to extend our condolences on the passing of such a nice and gentle man.
I remember Wallace fondly from the annual Charleston Days celebrations. He had a wicked sense of humour and
always a smile available.
My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed by all, but we are the better to have had a chance to know him sometime during his 102 years.
Judy Mae Zwicker
Doug Judy and all Wallace’s Family
So very sorry on the passing of Wallace
Judy Mae Zwicker
Connie & Fred Hynick
Theda and Parnell family: Sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. We sure have lots of great memories of him. God bless you all.
Jim & Eleanor Crowell
Our sincere sympathies to Wallace’s Family. He will be at the country music events as well as church. Prayers for Theda at her loss of her partner and best friend.
God bless Wallace!
Jim and Eleanor Crowell
Philip& Holly Smith
To the family,
Wallace was a kind and good man who brought a smile to everyone’s face. He certainly lived a long,full life , and is so fondly remembered by all who knew him through the years. Together with Millie again!
Holly and Philip Smith
Daryl and Gladys Williams
Theda and Family
So sorry to hear of Wallace’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Theda and Wallace’s Family.. May he rest in peace.
Wallace lived a long life and was a pleasure to talk to when we met. We both were honored at a dinner at White Point by the District School Board in 1991 at our retirements; he was our bus driver for over 30 years. My condolences to his family.
Dear Theda and Parnell family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers for peace at your loss. I remember Wallace & my Richard singing in the men’s chorus (& never a dull moment in the back row!)
Billand Anna Cox
Theda and Parnell Family
So sorry to read of Wallace’s passing, he was a good friend for many years, and he and Millie sold Arthritis Lottery tickets for Bill for many years. Always had many stories to tell and enjoyed sitting with him and Theda at the Variety Shows as
his beautiful voice added to the entertainment. May he rest in peace as he enjoyed a long life and will be fondly
remembered by all who knew him. We extend sympathy to you all.
Wallace was my school bus driver when I went to Liverpool Regional. He had fantastic patience as he waited for me as I ran the last 200 feet to get on his bus. He never had a mean word to say. Condolences to his family and many friends. A life well lived!
I worked at the Hank Snow museum in the summer of 2007 as a university student, and for 6 years after, and got to see Wallace every summer. I stayed involved every year after and always looked forward to our annual chats. He always loved catching up and helping out where he could, always wearing a smile on his face. I will miss him there with us. Condolences to the family.