Edwin Wallace

Edwin Lawrence Wallace

Wednesday, May 14th, 1952 - Saturday, July 4th, 2020
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Edwin L. Wallace, of West Medford and Harwich Port, formerly of Winchester, passed away suddenly on July 4, 2020 at the age of 68. He was born in Boston, MA, son of Edwin L. Wallace and Virginia Burke Wallace. Loving husband of Lisa A.(Sullivan). Devoted father of Edwin L. III (Ted) of Los Angeles, John S. and Patrick B., both of Stoneham. Beloved brother of Roberta Cordery of Dedham and the late Jon Wallace. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ed grew up in the Hyde Park section of Boston. He graduated from Boston Tech in 1970 and completed a post-graduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy in 1971. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he played on the 1972 National Championship football team. Following his graduation in 1974, Ed earned an MBA from UMass.

Ed subsequently earned his JD from Suffolk Law School in 1980, where he was President of the Student Bar Association and won the Clark Moot Court Competition, the top honor at Suffolk. Thereafter, he began the career that would earn him a distinguished reputation as a prominent trial attorney and advocate for victims of mesothelioma and other toxic exposures.

Ed’s first jury trial, some thirty years ago, ended in a favorable verdict for his client, a young girl injured in a bicycle accident with a trash pick-up truck. Less than ten years later, Ed obtained the largest verdict in New England in an asbestos case. Seeing the pain and suffering of his clients was very difficult and made Ed want to fight harder for each client.

Over the course of the next 35 years, Ed worked as a trial lawyer. He was former President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, served on the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the American Association for Justice, and was a fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. Attorney Wallace also served as a mediator with the American Arbitrators Association and was appointed as Special Master by judges of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.

Not all of Ed’s success came in large legal cases. Numerous friends and relatives benefited from his sage advice, and he never hesitated to help anyone who sought his assistance in any legal or other matter.

In 1985, Ed married his wife of 35 years, Lisa (Sullivan), and the couple raised their three boys in Winchester. There they made many cherished friends. They were members of the Winchester Country Club for many years.

Ed was as passionate about living his life as he was about his career. His three sons were his pride and joy and anyone who knew him understood this. Together, they would spend countless weekends at lacrosse tournaments all over the country. Even after the boys were grown, Ed would go to watch his sons coach lacrosse games and it brought him great joy.

Having traveled around the world early in his career, he was determined to continue his adventures, and Lisa and the boys had many wonderful trips to Europe and the Caribbean, enjoying good food and good fun.

But, Cape Cod was the place that Ed adored most and he spent many summers working at Jason’s Saloon in Dennisport and Thompson’s Clam Bar in Harwich Port. There he made lifetime friendships and priceless memories. Ed dreamed of buying a home on the Cape for many years and when he was ready, he chose Harwich Port. His home, on Oyster Creek, was one of his greatest joys, and he delighted in simply sitting on his deck, enjoying the flowers, his koi pond, and the many friends he could see from his dock.

He loved to get in his car and drive on the Cape, making obligatory stops at Ring Brother’s, Marion’s Pie Shop and the Beachcomber, among others.

A larger than life personality, Ed was blessed with friendships from every phase of his life. These friendships were enduring and he treasured each and every one of them. He had a huge heart and a generous spirit. For the last twelve years, Ed struggled valiantly with Parkinson’s Disease, but he never stopped moving, never admitted defeat, never gave in to his limitations. He went on a fishing trip the week before he died, worked on legal cases and continued to live life fully each day with no complaints. Lisa and the boys worked as a team caring for him and he loved nothing more than being together with them. He will be missed more than we can say.

Funeral services are private due to restrictions. All are welcome to watch a live viewing of the Funeral Mass on Saturday, July 11th at 11 am at the following link The Funeral Donations may be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or For online condolences please visit
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Colleen Karsner

Posted at 09:32am
Dear Lisa and family,

We have jolly memories of Ed as the incredibly strong, smart, funny guy he was, and know that your family’s memories will be a solace to you now and forever.

We are so sorry to learn of his passing, and know he is well now. Harder for you all to continue! Best to you all and with our deepest sympathy,
Mark and Colleen Karsner

Shane Slater

Posted at 03:40pm
My father, Christopher Slater, was a patient at the Spaulding rehab center hospital in West Roxbury in the fall of 2015 and for a few weeks was a hospital roommate of Ed's while they both were recuperating. Each time my family visited with my father Ed was always so positive, friendly, gregarious, respectful and most importantly a joy to converse with. He and my father both enjoyed chatting about politics and watching the Presidential primary debates on TV together. When Ed was discharged he sent a fruit basket to us the next day. When my Dad passed a few months later a sympathy card followed. In the short time that we knew him he was thoughtful and caring and always made my sister, mother and I laugh during a time that we needed it most. My mother, Amy Slater, has never forgotten his kindness.

Christine Oliver

Posted at 11:27pm
I had the honor of working with Ed as an expert medical witness in the cases of asbestos victims whom he represented. He was a pleasure to work with. An intimidating intellect. A passion for the rights of those he represented. Devoted to his family. And a wry and irreverent sense of humor. The last time I saw him we ate hot dogs on Castle Island in South Boston. I will miss him. My condolences to Lisa and his sons, to whom he was devoted. Christine Oliver

Scott Richardson

Posted at 01:25pm
We were so saddened and shocked to learn of Ed's passing Lisa. I always admired his outlook on life and thought he would live forever because he was having such a good time doing it. In recent years when I saw him in town he was always upbeat, eager to know about our family and proud to tell you about his while downplaying his own struggles. It was a privilege to have studied with him, worked with him and an honor to call him a friend for over 40 years. May God rest his gentle, caring and fun loving soul. With our most sincere sympathies,
Scott and Susan Richardson

Helen Sammarco

Posted at 08:23am
Eddie was my cousin. We all seem to agree he was bigger than life. He was always warm, welcoming and upbeat when we met for our annual family reunions. You always knew that if you ever needed Eddie he would have your back. I'm trying to express a simple sentiment, "He was so special". His mood and generous spiirit never waivered despite his Parkinson. He was so brave, never complaining or implying that life had let him down. So proud that he was part of my family. Rest in peace dear Eddie. Much love to Lisa, Teddy, Jon and Patrick.

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