A sto­ry­teller’s tale ends


In the dis­trict of Knock­alva, on De­cem­ber 29, 1945, Lu­cille Hines de­liv­ered Ed­ward Ge­orge Wal­lace.

Ed­ward, who was also called ‘Char­lie’, ‘Ben­jie’ and ‘Scamp’, was raised by his ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents. In the hills of Knock­alva, he tended to his grand­fa­ther’s an­i­mals be­fore walk­ing bare­foot sev­eral miles to school in Bethel Town. The ad­ven­tur­ous and fear­less spirit got into much trou­ble, and had many tales to tell about his child­hood es­capades.

He worked with the West­more­land Parish Coun­cil from 1964 to 1984. In 1974, he mar­ried Pamela, whom he had met four years ear­lier.

The hard worker loved and raised an­i­mals and en­joyed reg­gae mu­sic.

He mi­grated with his fam­ily from the land of reg­gae in 1987.

In New York, Wal­lace worked at the Work­men’s Cir­cle Mul­tiCare Cen­ter in the Bronx, un­til his re­tire­ment in 2008. He died on Tues­day, Septem­ber 27, and was buried on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8 in Ken­sico Ceme­tery in Van­halla, New York.

At the thanks­giv­ing cer­e­mony in­side the Pres­by­te­rian Church of New Rochelle in New York, Joan Michael Lo­gan, a friend of Wal­lace, said in the eu­logy, “Char­lie’s life af­ter re­tire­ment was not a pe­riod at the end of the sen­tence. He spent many a day ex­tend­ing gen­er­ously to oth­ers. Even though he had a se­ries of health is­sues, from prostate to lung can­cer, to name a few, he did not al­low those hur­dles to limit his kind­ness.”

The down-to-earth Wal­lace was also re­mem­bered as a great cook.

“We would be re­miss if we did not add that Char­lie loved to cook and cooked well, from his long days on the roads in Darlis­ton, mak­ing up his wood fire, to the de­li­cious fried fish that many of us are still tast­ing,” Michael-Lo­gan said.

“He was a sto­ry­teller ... there was noth­ing about his child­hood and young adult­hood that he did not mind shar­ing. Keep those sto­ries go­ing in your minds, and es­pe­cially to the younger gen­er­a­tions. If not for a les­son learnt, it was a good story that made you smile or laugh.”

Pleas­ant me­mories of Wal­lace are left lin­ger­ing in the minds of his wife, Pamela; chil­dren, Ge­orge (Jandy), Wayne (Bethune), Shaune (Charles), and Shel­ton; grand­chil­dren; sib­lings, Linda Rose, Elaine Wal­lace, San­delin Mayler-Mo­rant, Pa­tri­cia Mayler, Ge­orge Wal­lace and Ayon Mayler; nieces; nephew; and other rel­a­tives and friends

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