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Ralph Wallace

July 2, 1931 ~ January 31, 2022 (age 90)

Obituary

Ralph Wallace was born on July 2, 1931 and departed this life on January 31, 2022 after a brief illness. He was the 6th son born to John and Helen Williams Wallace in Elizabeth, New Jersey which is also where he attended school. As a young man he worked in Rahway for Allen Industries along side his brothers for 10 years before fully pursuing what would become his life long vocation, the lost art of hand lettering, painting and drawing. He was dedicated to his craft and became widely known for his distinct shadowing techniques. In his 20’s, Ralph traveled by steamship to Europe where he further perfected his artistic talent and was compensated for the work he created abroad.

He was a stylish, renaissance man with a love for Broadway plays, Big Band and Classical music and most of all classic black & white movies. He will always be remembered for his ability to tell good jokes, his affinity for the lottery, his distinctive style of speaking, his booming voice and his obsession with “The Price is Right”.  A conversationalist at heart, Ralph had a broad range of interests and topics and could talk to literally anyone. Just ask his buddies Joe, Rome and Danny.  He was indeed “The Governor” a nickname given to him long ago by his father.  He had a deep love for family and doted on his siblings, nieces, and nephews often going out of his way to make certain, to the best of his ability, that they wanted for nothing.

Later in life Ralph became a loyal, faithful member of Mount Teman AME church where aside from attending services regularly, he donated his time supporting community and parishioner food programs.

Ralph was preceded by his parents, brothers Charles and Raymond Caldwell, John, James, Curtis and David Wallace and his sisters Virginia Bates, Patricia Wallace and Doris Parker. He leaves behind his beloved sisters Ruth Smith of Asbury Park, NJ and Shirley Oliver of Linden, NJ and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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