Edward Jay Wallace, 78, died suddenly at home of natural causes on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, on March 6,1944, Ed was the oldest of five children of Oscar and Sylvia (Berman) Wallace. He graduated from Overbrook High School in 1962 and became a union electrician, recently honored by IBEW 98 for 50-plus years of service. Drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he was posted to Frankfurt, Germany, then returned to his hometown for good…followed by the 911 Porsche he'd bought there. Because besides being a rabid supporter of Philly sports teams, Ed was a car aficionado, and he considered his recent visit to Richard Petty Driving Experience a high point in his life. He was a terrific dancer and master of the kazatske, able to jump up and kick out both legs in the air. Ed was also a loyal companion to his widowed mother until her death in 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed his own last years of life, traveling and finding romance, attending sports and social events, and playing pool and sharing meals with friends. He was a loving and beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend, generous with his time, affection and resources. His nickname was "Bird," and now his spirit has flown.
Ed is survived by his siblings Marc Wallace (Gini Kopecky Wallace), Marsha Wallace, MD, and Jayne Wallace (Michael Cohen); sister-in-law Ellen Siegel, PhD (the late Richard Wallace, MD); niece and nephews Amanda Yollin, Ben Siegel-Wallace (Jasmine Zheng, MD), Micah Wallace (Rachel Wallace, PhD) and Samuel Siegel-Wallace; and two new great-nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, May 15 at 1:00 pm at The Philadelphian, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, where Ed lived. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness. https://nami.org/Home Arrangements by Joseph Levine & Sons www.levinefuneral.com