GRAFTON, Mass. – Robert E. Wallis, a former Grafton stationary engineer, died Jan. 8 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville, Mass. He was 74.
A resident of Douglas, Mass., Wallis previously worked as a stationary engineer for Wyman-Gordon Co. in Grafton.
He was the owner and operator for the former Wallis Poultry Farm in Douglas for many years until 1978. He also owned and operated R.E. Wallis Lumber in Douglas for many years. He was previously employed by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in Framingham, Mass., and later the Guilford of Maine Corp. in Douglas, before retiring in 2007.
Wallis was born Aug. 31, 1938, in Whitinsville to Chester A. and Marion E. Lapham Wallis. He graduated from Douglas High School and the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
He married Gale C. Adams on July 11, 1959. She survives him. A skilled woodworker, Wallis enjoyed making cabinets and furniture for friends. He was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at Second Congregational Church in Douglas.
Wallis is survived by two daughters, Karen M. (Scott) Yacino, of Douglas, and Debra A. Wallis, of Whitinsville; a brother, Richard A. Wallis, of Douglas; a sister, Ruth E. Hutnak, of Douglas; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Buma Funeral Home in Whitinsville. Burial will follow at Douglas Center Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 10 Speen St., Second floor, Framingham, MA 01701.