James L. "Big Blue" Wallace II, 74, of Connelly, Town of Esopus, NY died Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 at HealthAlliance Hospital, Broadway Campus following a long battle with chronic kidney disease.
He was born in Kingston, New York on July 11th, 1945, a son of James and Mary (Weber) Wallace.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 150.
Jim served as a patrolman with the Kingston City Police Dept retiring after 20 years of service. He was also employed as a security officer with Shire Reeve Security, and as an Assembler with Dyno Noble, Port Ewen. A member of Marbletown Sportsman's Gun Club, Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing, however most paramount to him was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived at home by his longtime partner in life and love, who was by his side for more than 25 years, Linda (Mohrman) Sedotto Bifulco, his former wife, Helen C. Wallace, his children, Helen-Clare Thomson, and her husband Michael, of Poughquag, James L. Wallace III, and his wife Susan, of Elizaville, Robert Wallace, and his companion Gladys Deane of Hurley, Annemarie Legg of Catskill, and her husband Blaze, step-children, Lorri Booth, and her husband Peter, of Kingston and Joseph Sedotto of Kingston, three sisters, Susan Manfro, and her husband Charles, of Kingston, Trish Nolan, and her husband Ted, of Raleigh, NC, Therese Landry, and her husband Dick, of Wilmington, NC, six grandchildren, Alisha, Brittany, Branden, Kelcie, Caden and Madison, and step-grandchildren, Joseph Booth, and Valerie, Austin and Shawn. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He will be missed by beloved felines: Buffy, Sammy and Sheeba.
Memorial visitation will be held at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus, on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
A graveside service followed by Inurnment with military honors by Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386 Honor Guard will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:00 am, at Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery, GPS: 184 W. O'Reilly St, Kingston, NY 12401.
In lieu of fresh flowers, the family suggests indoor plants for loved ones to take home and nurture in memory of Jim, or a contribution in Jim's memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: www.stjude.org/donate or to: American Legion Post 150, 18 W O'Reilly St, Kingston, NY 12401.
Attn members of American Legion Post 150: You are requested to assemble at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, Thursday, Feb 6th at 6:45 pm to pay respects to departed member James L. Wallace II. ~Kenneth Friss, Commander.