OBITUARY

George Roberts Wallis

May 16, 1931February 18, 2019
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George 'HeyHey' Wallis 1931-2019

FALMOUTH, ME – George Roberts Wallis, 87, died of kidney failure on February 18, 2019, surrounded with love, peace, and family. Son of Philip Wallis and Miriam Clark Wallis, he was born with a twinkling, impish smile on May 16, 1931, in Philadelphia, where he and his three brothers grew up with many Philadelphia Clark and Roberts cousins. He loved nature, sailing, tennis, reading, and the joie de vivre of France and Italy; he was both intrigued by, and cared sincerely for, his fellow man. George graduated from Mill Brook School in 1949 and went on to study at Princeton and earned a BS from Carnegie Mellon in 1953. He then went on to serve for The United States Army in Rocheforte, France, until 1955.

Curious George aptly describes George’s temperment. He loved learning, solving problems big and small, and giving back. And he loved telling stories and teasing everyone along the way! He launched his career in New York City, solving problems for others in corporate America while at McKinsey and Company. Deciding that owning the problem was better than advising, he moved on to be General Manager at Exide Batteries, Duracell, and then his own venture, Westerly Management.

He courted the love of his life and soul-mate, Alice Potts, and joyously won her hand. They married on a typically humid Philadelphia summer day, July 20, 1957, and soon bore three children, Philip, Nancy and David, as they moved back and forth from Philadelphia to Bedford, N.Y. They ultimately settled in Freeport, on the coast of Maine, the site of many of George’s summer joys. Their final years were spent at Oceanview in Falmouth, ME.

Family and friends were always paramount for George (or Hey-Hey to many) -- followed closely by gardening, reading, backyard birding, and his recently treasured double-scooped chocolate ice cream cones. His inquistive nature and desire to help and mentor others was both earnest and uncanny. He oversaw the Angel Tree gifts for children at St. Bartholomew’s Church, advocated for recovering alcoholics securing housing through Oxford House, served on the Board of Trustees of the Maine College of Art, raised a succession of beloved Welsh corgies, and lovingly tended his gardens of dahlias and freesias. George's focus was on all creatures great and small. We will miss him deeply and remember him with great love as he moves on to be with Allie in their 'new home.'

He is survived by his children, Philip S. Wallis and wife Carolyn of Vineyard Haven, MA; Nancy W. Kittredge and husband Chris of Falmouth, ME; and David P. Wallis and wife Brenda of Oak Bluffs, MA; his grandchildren, Elizabeth (Liza) W. Damm, Anne W. Anderson, Alice W. Kittredge, Martha Jane (Marcy) Kittredge, Nevin G. Wallis, and Timothy (Tim) C. Wallis; his brother, Robert C. Wallis, and wife Margaret of Philadelphia; and his sister-in-laws, Charlotte B. Wallis, Nancy P. Masland, and Karen Potts Reynolds. He was predeceased by his brothers James T. Wallis and John Wallis.

The funeral service will be held at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Rd., Yarmouth, on Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may made in George’s memory to Oxford House, Inc. 1010 Wayne Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to sign George’s online guest book.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

George Roberts Wallis

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Jack and JoAnn Fruchtman

March 7, 2019

Phil, David, and family, JoAnn and I send our deepest sympathy to you and the entire Wallis family. We were saddened to learn of the death of your father.
Jack and JoAnn Fruchtman

Kathy Kolb

March 7, 2019

I know George from many encounters at St. Bart's in Yarmouth. He was always welcoming, positive, helpful and a joy to talk with. I'm glad I knew him.

Joseph and Marylee Schroeder

February 26, 2019

David and Brenda, Our deepest and most sincere sympathies to you and your family.

Kerry Graham

February 23, 2019

I will always remember Mr. Wallis (George), as an appreciative and a kind person, whom I had the privilege of serving in the dining room at OceanView at Falmouth House. I will always remember how Mr. Wallis enjoyed having a double scoop chocolate ice cream cone after a meal. Mr. Wallis was a very special person whom I am glad I had met.

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