Charles V. Wallace of Montgomery, New York, died in the line of duty on February 3, 2015, at the age of 74. Charles was a native of Goshen, New York, born on January 18, 1941, to the late Aaron Van Duzer Wallace Jr. and Frances Huntington Wilson Wallace.
He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He was also the owner and operator of the Charles Wallace Surveying Company in Montgomery, New York, for many years.
In 1972, Charles V. Wallace first joined the Montgomery Fire Department, where he rendered faithful, conscientious, and loyal service to his community. He was also a member of the Wallkill Engine and Hose Company No. 2. He was a chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Montgomery Fire District. He was responsible for traveling and ordering the new trucks for the district. Both the younger and elder generations of the fire department looked up to him. Whenever someone was in search of advice, Charlie was there to lend an ear or helping hand.
Throughout his years of serving as a public servant, he continued to serve the people of Orange County with diligence, honor, and distinction. In 2014, at the age of 73, Charles was present at 297 out of 562 calls for the Montgomery Fire Department. He was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding service, including the 1978 Fireman of the Year Award, the 2008 Montgomery Fire Department Life Saver Award, and the 2012 Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Service. He was a member of the Montgomery Planning Board, Montgomery Master Plan Committee, General Montgomery Day Committee, and the Montgomery Fireman’s Fair Committee.
Charles’s commitment to excellence and his spirit of humanity carried over into all fields of expertise, including charitable and civic endeavors. He was a member of the American Legion.
Predeceased by his parents, Charles V. Wallace is survived by his loving wife, Julianne; their three daughters, Dr. Diana R. Wallace, Bonnie M. Bennett, and Susan K. Armstrong and her husband, Gavin; three grandchildren, Mark Armstrong and his wife, Cassie, Janelle L. Bennett, and Matthew C. Bennett; a great-grandson, Jackson M. Armstrong; as well as his brother, John, and his wife, Mary.