US Air Force

Peter J. Wallace Jr.

August 18, 1932 ~ October 8, 2020 (age 88)


Peter J. Wallace Jr. of Dedham passed away on October 8, 2020.  He was 88 years old. 

Born and raised in South Boston, Peter was a 1949 graduate of Roslindale High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served as a tail-gunner on an Air Force Bomber during the Korean War. He also played tight end on a USAF all star football team. Following his service to his country, Peter attended Northeastern University on the GI Bill. He graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering.  He married the love of his life, Phyllis in 1957 and worked for Atlas Engineering and Sylvania, where he designed the first solid-state digital clock for the Apollo Space Program.

Peter could fix anything and loved to teach his children and grandchildren how to fix just about anything. He was a firm believer in the idea that “If some guy built it, we can figure out how to fix it.” In his spare time, he enjoyed playing in a pinochle club and spending time at his second home in Marstons Mills. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his family, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.  

Peter was the dear and devoted husband of Phyllis (Shalhoub) Wallace.  Loving father of Peter J. Wallace III and his fiancée Viviane P. Vanhoolandt of Hyde Park, Karen W. Rossman and her husband Steven of Norwood, Jeanna W. Ayoub and her husband Steven of Norwood, and Linda M. Wallace of Chestnut Hill.  Beloved grandfather “Do” of Michael Rossman and his wife Sabrina, Brian Rossman and his wife Michaela, Jennifer Fiske and her husband Peter, Robert Carter and his wife Anna, Steven Ayoub, and John Ayoub.  Dear great-grandfather of Stella.  Loving brother of Kathleen Lannon, Mary Cormier, Margaret Ciavola, Peter Navis, and the late Mary McDonagh, Barbara Cunningham, Michael “Jack” Wallace, and John Mulkerin.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Peter’s Funeral Services will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Peter’s memory to the N.E. Center and Home for Veterans ( P.O. Box 845257 Boston, MA 02284.

Peter will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.

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