Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Viggio Adelbert Wallace
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Viggio Adelbert Wallace
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
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Language: English
Creator: Estate of Viggio Adelbert Wallace
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Wallace, Viggio Adelbert
Human relations
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
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Anna 0. Wallace-Hilaire,
Julia F. Wallace-Hall
Tony Hall
Soundjata T. Carty, Michael J. Hilaire,
Jawanza A. Hilaire
Vincent Wallace
Esmeralda Wallace Blyden, Irene Lindo Grey,
Luella Wallace Daniel, Eudora Wallace
Dr. George Taylor
Emma Quinones,
Cecile Wallace, Vitalia Wallace,

Other family members including the
Benners, Carty, Corneiro, Francois, George,
Hall, Lewis, Reese, Richards, Roberts and White families.
Many good friends

Frank L. Francois, Alcedo Justin Francis, Emile Kitnurse
Gerard Hilaire, Wayne Lewis, Michael Richardson

Webster Wallace, Mario Watlington, Kent Daniel

God is my strength; I am not alone.

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Viggo Adelbert Wallace was born
in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on De-
cember 26, 1915. The son of
Maximillion Wallace and Olivia
George, he was the second son of 13
children. Viggo completed elemen-
tary education at Saints Peter & Paul,
George Washington and Lincoln
schools. He graduated from Char-
lotte Amalie High School in 1938 and
was selected as high school best all
around athlete.
Viggo received his Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Biology and Physical Educa-
tion in 1945 from Hampton Institute
and did post graduate work at NY
University, University of Texas, Uni-
versity of Indiana, and Kean College
from 1951-1959. While in college, he
was a superb athlete and received var-
sity letters in football, tennis and wres-
tling. He was also the captain of box-
ing, wrestling and swimming teams;
and was the CIAA wrestling cham-
pion in 1942, 1943 and 1944.
Viggo held positions on the ath-
letic and physical education facilities
of several colleges and universities
on the mainland. He returned to the
Virgin Islands in 1955 and married
Julia Taylor Wallace in 1956. Their
union resulted in two daughters:
Anna Olivia and Julia Florencia.
Viggo was a devoted family man and
community servant. He did his best
to provide for his family, and gave

"Every work that he undertook... he did

unselfishly to the community. Viggo
was a motivating force in the VI in
terms of helping young athletes to
develop basic skills and enroll in
mainland colleges, and to further de-
velop athletic careers. He worked
with the Department of Conservation
& Recreation and retired as Physical
Education Coordinator for the Depart-
ment of Education in 1982.
He had been a member of the Na-
tional Recreation Association, Ameri-
can Association for Health, Physical
Education and Recreation, the VI Box-
ing & Wrestling Commission, Lions
Club, Hampton Alumni Association
and numerous other community or-
His nickname, "Brutus," was a tes-
timony not only to his aggressiveness
in sports, but encompassed his deter-
mination to persevere in any en-
deavor. This was especially obvious
in his love for horses and his tenacity
in building ... no one has been able to
break down any of his 'walls'. There
was also a gentle and patient side to
Viggo; evident as he worked with chil-
dren in the Special Olympics or taught
people (often strangers) how to swim,
or when he showed off his beloved
"Islands" to visitors time and tirt
Viggo was a special man who
touched many lives. He will be

with all his heart, and prospered."
-2 Chronicles 31:21

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........Page 496

Mario Watlington

.... Pedro Lopez

.. Rufus Graham

Wallace, Page 497

.Just a Closer Walk With Thee

................... Page 361

............. Amazing Grace

........ ...... ......age 498

Take My Hand Precious Lord

................... Page 499

........ How Great Thou Art

The Gospel

Perseverance, concentration, patience and the true meaning of friend-
ship are among the many things I learned from You. As I move forward,
they will give me the courage to meet life's challenges. Daddy, I love you
and will always feel you close, in my heart. May peace be with you.
Love, Julia

Daddy was a kind and loving man. We will all miss him. He will
always be in our minds. He was a good friend and a good dad. He was a
strong man and a good fighter.
Love, Soundjata

As powerful as the names which you chose for your horses: Magnifi-
cent, Passionaire, Black Diamond, Grand Admiral, and Good Friday, so
you lived your life. Although nicknamed Brutus, for your often rough
aggressive style, your passionate side, made you a Magnificent Father.
You were tough, hard, and protective like a Black Diamond. Like Grand
Admiral, you taught us all the skills you knew, and encouraged us to try
to do everything for ourselves. You were our strength and driving force.
Your death, like Good Friday's, will still guide us. Your dreams, your
love of sports and nature will continue in us towards fulfillment. We will
miss you terribly.
Lovingly, Olivia, Jata, Jabari, Jawanza

Over the years I have gotten to know Mr. Viggo Wallace, first as a
Father-In-Law, then as a very kind and friendly individual who always
made it fun and interesting to discuss athletic issues. I will always
remember Mr. Wallace as a true sportsman. Now that he has passed on to
join his wife, the former Mrs. Julia Wallace, a lady who's smile lives in the
hearts of many, I am certain Julia is smiling as Viggo is phasing in with
athletics on the other side. -One Love.,
Antoine Carty, Houston Texas

Throughout the years, each time my family and I visited my sister Julia,
my brother-in-law, Viggo, my two nieces, Anna and Julia, and also my
great nephews, Viggo always made sure we enjoyed the beauty of the

islands especially St. John and St. Thomas. We will always be grateful for
his kindness.
Love, Aunt Emma, Cousin Ayana, Cousin Andrew and Family, San Francisco,

Through his words Viggo loved his roots and always spoke proudly of
his homeland: the Virgin Islands. At Hampton University he was renown
for his outstanding performances in sports--wrestling, boxing, and swim-
ming. Upon his marriage to Julia A. Taylor Wallace, my friend and
mentor, he had visions for his family and set about to achieve his dreams.
Wherever he went and whatever he did, he never lost his desire to help
others. Viggo at his death was a symbol of "the upward reach of live
when weariness closes in upon all endeavor." He is now at rest.
Catherine Cowell, New York City

Mr. Viggo A. Wallace ... When you follow in the path of your Father,
behold! I have found that which is greater than wisdom. Life in quest of
Alcedo Justin Francis

To our special cousin Viggo: Words can not express the sorrow we feel.
Your family's pain is great, but yours is no more. May your soul rest in
Love Esther, Frank and Family

Dear Uncle Viggo ... You and Daddy were so much alike! It is ironic
that two years ago, on this date, we laid to eternal rest your loving
brother, Lupercio, at the same age of 78. You were two years apart in age,
you died two years after him, and you are laid to your eternal rest on the
same day. There were so many similarities between you both: your looks;
smile; warm, friendly, kind ways; athletic abilities; church involvement;
community spirit; strong family love, pride and commitment; genuine
concern for others; and your willingness to share your time and many
talents with others, especially the youth, stand out foremost in my mind.
You were truly a great role model, an inspiration to many! Uncle Viggo,
today you are reunited with Daddy, Aunt Julia and all the other family
members who preceded you. The memories we cherish will always be
with us. Rest in Peace.
Your loving niece, Phyllis & family

In loving memory of a dear friend ... Sincere, honest, and trustworthy
are but a few of the characteristics that made you a true friend over the
past thirty years. You were always soft spoken and wore a pleasing smile.
Your life as a devoted husband, a caring father, a true friend, a dedicated
teacher, and a hard working administrator can truly be emulated by the
young males of our community as we rapidly approach the challenges of
the 21st century. Your memory will forever be in our hearts as you rest in
eternal peace!
George and Joyce Thomas

I write to express our sorrow on the passing of a distinguished native
son,, Viggo Albert Wallace. When one reflects on the appreciation for
sports, Virgin Islanders will surely identify with Viggo Wallace. He was
unshaken in his resolve to be fit and healthy, and took the time and effort
to pass on to the youth, his verve and affection for good sportsmanship.
We will always remember him for his years of service to this community,
and for enlightening us on the benefits of physical education. On behalf of
the members and staff of the Twentieth Legislature I extend our heartfelt
condolences to the family and many friends of this "quiet giant." May his
soul rest in eternal peace.
Sincerely, Bingley G. Richardson, Sr., President, 20th Legislature

The Virgin Islands has lost a dedicated public servant with the passing
of Viggo A. Wallace. Mr. Wallace served the youth of the Virgin Islands
for over a quarter of a century as a physical education coordinator in the
Department of Education and as a director in tile former Department of
Conservation and Cultural Affairs. He left an indelible mark of caring
and concern in the hearts and minds of thousands of students, coworkers
and members of the community. Even as Mr. Wallace neared his 1982
retirement date at the age of 67, he initiated projects that kept him busy as
a volunteer for many months into his retirement. Among them was the
completion of a new playground and basketball court at the Joseph Gomez

Elementary School. During the 1960's and 1970's, Viggo Wallace teamed
with the late Vernon Scipio to develop a school sports program in the
Virgin Islands, with Mr. Wallace concentrating on the elementary level,
and Mr. Scipio on the secondary school level. Their teamwork began a-
legacy that led to the eventual founding of interscholastic athletic associ-
ations in both districts. A native of St. Thomas, Mr. Wallace was educated
at Hampton Institute and the University of Texas, and taught at Grambling
College in Louisiana before joining the Department of Education in 1955.
He was a true professional and valuable member of our community. We
will miss him, and always remember his contributions.
Linda Creque, Ph.D.
Virgin Islands Commissioner of Education

"a /Iam jl r, U Seaju~wj."
As I reflect over the passing of one of my most dearest friends., the late
Viggo Wallace, I am reminded of the song writer, W.B. Stevens, who
"When death has come and taken our loved ones
It leaves our home so lonely and drear,
Then do we wonder why others prosper,
Living so wicked year after year.
Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why,
Cheer up my brother,
Live in the sunshine,
We'll understand it all by & by."
If any one man represents the epitome of a "Man" for all "Seasons." It
will certainly be my friend, the late Viggo Wallace. He was, indeed a great
man and true friend. Our friendship spanned over three decades.
He was first and foremost a dedicated family man who exemplified
endless love for his family without hesitation and without reservation.
He was a great man, a father, a grandfather, a faithful and loving hus-
band, a professional educator, an outstanding recreation director, a men-
tor, an intellectual and an outstanding athlete who excelled in numerous
sports. A Christian and dedicated church member and worker.
He was a lover of people especially children and youth. He loved the
great outdoors and all of its beauty. He had a tremendous sense of

humor. He was kind, warm, gentle and a wonderful person to be around
at all times.
He was an excellent role model, especially for young boys to look up to
and emulate in this community.
So, therefore, I wish to pause and pay my final respects to my friend,
my mentor and my colleague Viggo Wallace. I was very proud and
blessed to be his friend and he shall never be forgotten.
As he has passed on and is now resting in the bosom of the Creator, a
part of the brilliance of the star shinning on his family and this community
has been diminished. We are saddened by his passing. His work is done,
but he has not labored in vain.
We have been greatly inspired by his life because he has set many fine
examples for me and others to follow. Therefore, through the examples
and teaching of Viggo, let us never cease to try to make this world a better
community of friends and to help our fellow men to rise above pettiness
and narrowness of selfish lives and give ourselves in service to all man-
The late Viggo Wallace is indeed "A Man for All Seasons." Let us all be
grateful and thankful to God for allowing us to share a part of our life with
the late Viggo Wallace. May God continue to bless all of You!
by Webster L. Wallace, Ph.D., Atlanta, Georgia

The members of the St. Thomas/St. John Horse Racing Commission
would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family, of Mr. Viggo
A. Wallace. Mr. Wallace was an active member of the horse racing
community of St. Thomas all his life. He was very a knowledgeable horse
man who followed both local and Puerto Rican horses very closely. He
was owner and trainer of such local horses as Magnificent, Friday, Grand
Admiral, Lighting Lad, Ayuya and Pachonera. May the memory of all he
stood for to us in the racing community serve to strengthen his family and
friends during this time of bereavement. May he rest in Peace:
Kenneth L. Her "?on,
Vice Chairman, STT/STJ Racing Commission

A Tribute to a Great Community and Civic Leader of the U. S. Virgin
Islands. Mr. Viggo Wallace... May I extend my sincere condolences and
sympathy to the family and relatives of Mvr. Viggo Wallace. The commu-
nity has lost one of its true leaders. His contributions, accomplishments,
and unselfish dedication to this community will always be remembered.
A. Moorehead, M.D.

70ket 3 /ut LUXwe qJou
When I must leave you for a little while---
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile;
Andfor my sake and in my name,
Live on and do all things the same.

Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways.
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer,
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!

-Helen Steiner Rice-

The family wishes to express appreciation
for your kindness, support and concern
during this period of bereavement,
and for your presence at this memorial service.

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