In Celebration of

Herbert Wallace

August 23, 1935 -  April 19, 2017

Suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday April 19, Herb, in his 82nd year, passed away at home from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Born in Roblin MB, he was the eldest son of Robert and Florence Wallace. He spent his very early childhood in Rutland, SK, and from second grade onward in Unity, SK, where he graduated from Unity High School as class valedictorian in 1954. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in the same year as a cadet under the ROTP at HMCS Unicorn in Saskatoon, and in 1958 he obtained a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He served four years with the RCN, including a year with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth and Plymouth, England (1959–60); one year on HMCS Chaudière (DDE); and in Halifax one year on staff of the Naval Armament Depot plus one year on staff of HMC Dockyard. Resigning from the RCN in 1963 , Herb transferred to the Naval Reserve Division to serve with HMCS SCOTIAN, and to pursue his academic interests at Dalhousie University. He obtained a PhD in Chemistry from that university in 1969. His love of the navy never waned, and he continued to serve the Naval Reserve Divisions of TECUMSEH (Calgary, 1968–75), NONSUCH (Edmonton 1975–78) as Commanding Officer, CARLETON (1978-1990 – in various capacities, including Commanding Officer, 1987–1990). In this capacity, he was proud to serve as the Honorary Aide-de Camp to two Governors General. Herb retired in 1990 as Captain (N) with the NOAC Bronze Medallion (1975) and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal (1997). Herb’s professional career included employment as a research scientist with Celanese Canada in Edmonton from 1968–71 ; a senior research metallurgist with Sheritt Gordon Mines in Fort Saskatchewan (1971–78); and a scientific administrator in the Technology Transfer Program, National Research Council (Ottawa, 1978– 93). He retired in 1993. Predeceased by his mother and father, two sisters (Bonnie and Betty), and three brothers (Robert, James and Brian), he is survived by his wife Patricia (to whom he was married for 50 years), brothers Ronald (Maureen) of Saskatoon, Norman (Camille) of Fredericton, and John of Unity. Also left to mourn are his sisters in-law Marilyn Paterson of Grand Prairie, AB, and Diane Atkinson (Douglas) of Riverview, NB; as well as nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Herb was a voracious pursuer of knowledge all his life, known and respected for his mastery of numerous topics. Together with his amazing memory for details and his ready sense of humour, he inspired family, friends and colleagues. Over the past 10 years, Herb and his great friend Emmett Hossack (Ottawa) travelled to Scotland on eight occasions to pursue their interest and love of good whisky and the distillation process. Herb was an active outdoor man who loved skiing, nature, walking and hiking, reading, and travelling the world with Pat. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 28th at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa) at 11am with a Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute or charity of choice.


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Richard Culver (Friend)

Entered April 21, 2017 from Hamilton

What a wonderful, kind hearted gentleman.
It was a pleasure to get to know him.

Ian Aldous (friend)

Entered April 21, 2017 from Ottawa, On

I knew Herb through our mutual love of all things whisky. He always struck me as a jovial man who loved to make connections with others. He had a great sense of humor and was very welcoming. He will be missed.

Cathy Shannon (Friend)

Entered April 21, 2017 from Peterborough

I first met Herb and Pat when travelling to India and have many fond memories of our various adventures as we all got to know each other over the years. Herb was a warm, wonderful person and I will miss him very much.

Johanne McInnis (Friend)

Entered April 21, 2017 from Saint John, New Brunswick

To family and friends, my deepest and heartfelt sympathies.

Herb will always hold a very special place in my heart and I will miss him dearly.

Thomas Speller (Aquaintences)

Entered April 22, 2017 from The Netherlands

Herb, we briefly met at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2014 over breakfast with Canadian Whisky. Fond memories of good stories. Rest well.


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