Father Francis X. Wallace, 96

FALMOUTH, Mass. — Father Francis X. Wallace, 96, died on Thursday, March 22 at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River.  Father Wallace was born in Beverly on Nov. 30, 1921.  He was the son of the late Harry W. Wallace and Florence L. (Hayes) Wallace.

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He attended Holy Family High School in New Bedford and St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.  After studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and the University of Baltimore, Father Wallace was ordained to the priesthood by the Bishop James E. Cassidy on May 31, 1947.

From his first assignment at Corpus Christi Parish in Sandwich, he entered the Army Chaplaincy in 1950 as a First Lieutenant.  After attending Chaplain School at Fort Slocum in New York, Father Wallace served with the 24th and 40th Infantry Divisions in the Korean War and then with basic trainees at Camp Carson in Colorado, an artillery group in Germany, the Infantry School at Fort Benning in Georgia and the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

In 1962, he was sent to Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, returning to Korea in 1965, followed by duty with 1st Army Headquarters in charge of Chaplain Recruitment and as Deputy Army Chaplain.  He served in Vietnam as Command Chaplain with 24th Corps and 1st Logistical Command.  His final Army duties were as Post Chaplain in Fort Meade, Maryland and then with the Southern European Task Force, a NATO presence in Italy, Greece and Turkey.

Upon completion of military service, Father Wallace was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Falmouth where he remained until retirement.

His wake was held at St. Patrick Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth, on March 25. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 26 at St. Patrick Church in Falmouth.

Last year, The Anchor published an interview with Father Wallace on the 70th anniversary of his ordination. You can read that article HERE.


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