Ian Wallace, beloved husband of Bernice Wallace of Walkerton ON, passed away on July 18th, 2020 at the age of 96 years.
Ian lived his passion of owning and working a farm with Bernice on the South Line near Walkerton before moving into Hanover upon his retirement in 1993. Before taking up farming he had a long management career in industry with TIW Industries and Sparling Tank in Toronto and Saskatchewan. Ian enlisted and served in World War II with the 4th Canadian Armored Brigade known as the “Green Patches”. Landing in Europe in July 1944, his division saw action in France from Caen to Falaise, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Upon mustering out of the army he returned to Toronto (his home town), married Bernice Hollins in 1947 and built his house with Bernice and his brother, Doug on 10th Street off of Lakeshore Blvd. He and Bernice raised their 3 children, Valerie, Doug and Heather in Toronto where he was involved in his community and the United Church. On weekends, holidays and summer vacations, he brought his family to the Walkerton area to enjoy their vacation property and then the farm which he purchased in 1971. He moved to the farm permanently after years of part-time farming. He called the vacation property the Blue Springs, purchased in 1958, 60 acres of bush and fields with a waterfall, trout stream and river frontage on the Saugeen. He thoroughly enjoyed the “work” of creating a getaway and giving his family a unique appreciation for nature and a strong work ethic. Ian also became a Mason, Hanover Chapter, when he retired from farming.
As the last of his family’s generation, Ian is survived by his loving wife, Bernice Wallace (nee Hollins). He is predeceased by his father Bruce Wallace and mother Emily May Wallace (nee Tyler); his sister, Gertrude Rosalie Wallace and his brother Douglas Lloyd Wallace. Ian is survived by his loving wife, Bernice Wallace (nee Hollins); his children Valerie Wallace of Toronto ON, Heather Brak (Brian) of Walkerton, ON, Douglas Wallace (Janice) of Saskatoon SK; his grandchildren Lisa Dolson (Darryl) of London ON, Cameron Wallace of Saskatoon SK, Karen McElroy of Toronto ON, Ian McElroy of Toronto ON and Greg Wallace of Saskatoon SK. He is also survived by son-in-law Thomas McElroy of Toronto ON, great-grandchildren, Dayna Leonard, Katelynn Dolson, Lucas St Pierre and great-great grandchildren Matthew Leonard and Elysia Leonard. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Condolences can be shared with the family through the obituary posting at the Mighton Funeral Home website - mightonfuneralhome.ca