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Wallace W. Thurlow died August 11, 2016, in Newburyport, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Helena; and their children, Richard and wife, Marianne; Deborah Kell and husband, Eric; Ronald and wife, Donna; and Amy. He was predeceased by his son, Robert. Wallace was a wonderful grandfather to Christopher, Erin, Molly, Matthew, Ashley, Carly, Jennifer, Nicole and Ryan and Rebecca Kell, and great-grandfather to Kayleigh Preston. He was the brother-in-law to John R. Sullivan of Newburyport. A lifelong resident of Newburyport, and most recently of Atria Merrimac Place, Wallace was born in Newburyport in 1929 to George and Alice (Knowles) Thurlow. He was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1947. He graduated from Tufts University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was an extremely well respected and admired mechanical engineer for General Electric for 39 years, and he designed many instruments for GE Aerospace. While at GE, he was a member of the GE Elfun Society, committed to giving back to the community, and as a retiree, he was a member of the GE Old Timer’s Association. Wallace loved Newburyport and Plum Island and gave back to the communities endlessly. He was a Newburyport Call Firefighter, longtime President of Belleville Improvement Society, Atkinson Common Commissioner, Treasurer of the Golden Ages and Treasurer of the Newburyport Alumni Association. Wallace also was a member of the Friends of the Library, Friends of the Plum Island Lighthouse, Newburyport Sick Benefit Association, 50 plus year member of St. Mark's Lodge of Newburyport, and Newburyport North End Boat Club. He was proud to be a resident of Newburyport and Plum Island, where he summered for over 69 years. He loved all New England sports, particularly the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, boating, playing poker, biking in his younger years, but most of all, spending time with his beloved family. The family would like to thank the staff of Country Center in Newburyport for their kind, compassionate, and dignified treatment of Wallace.
Calling Hours will be held on Monday, August 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., and a service on Tuesday, August 16, at 10 a.m. Both will be at Elliott, Woodworth and Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. The interment will follow the Tuesday service at the Belleville Cemetery in Newburyport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newburyport Alumni Association for the Wallace W. Thurlow Scholarship Fund, a new scholarship for Newburyport High graduates who demonstrate exemplary grades, strong character, and community service.
Published on  August 13, 2016
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