Wallace
Rezende, Wallace "Wally", a 54 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2010 in Redondo Beach. Born in Trinidad, British West Indies, Wallace was 88 when he died, born May 10, 1922. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. Wallace gained acceptance into Cambridge University, but declined due to the outbreak of World War 2. He enlisted in the British Air Force as a Flight Engineer for 5 years. Wallace was employed by Chevron (Standard Oil) Refinery, El Segundo, CA for 35 years. He thoroughly enjoyed 26 years of retirement. He loved the sea, sailing, jogging, reading, European history, woodwork, traveling abroad and soccer (especially the World Cup). He worked the LA Times & Daily Breeze crossword puzzles every day. A lifetime sailboat enthusiast, Wallace built his first sailboat at age 14. Throughout adulthood, he sailed numerous sailboats of his own and especially loved his last and favorite boat, Passage East, a Columbia 30. He was very proud of his Portuguese heritage and was passionate about fairness, kindness and compassion. Wallace met his wife, Margaret, while on furlough in Dublin, S. Ireland in 1944. Returning home to Trinidad after the end of the war, then relocated to Southern California in 1948, the couple married in Los Angeles in 1949. They raised their four children in the South Bay. Wallace is survived by his wartime bride of 61 years, Margaret "Terry" Rezende (Redondo Bch); Sons Paul Rezende (Germany) , Vincent Rezende (Redondo Bch), Kevin Rezende; daughter-in-law Paula (Torrance) and Daughter, Denise Robinson (Redondo Bch); 3 grandchildren: Jennifer Cecil & husband Craig (AZ), Katrina Feltman (MI) and Alicia Feltman (CA); 7 great grandchildren: Joseph, Colby, Hannah, Travis, Trace, Layla and India. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Virginia Rezende. The Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM followed by a gathering of family and friends in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant House or St. Joseph's Indian School, South Dakota.

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  1. Hello Papa… I know your in a better place now. Words can’t explain how much i miss you already. You were the best man who ever walked on to this place we call earth… You will never be forgotten.

  2. We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Rezende. He was a very kind person. We know he will be missed by all of you and all of the friends that he has gathered throughout his life. All of you are in our prayers. Grieving is so very tough, and we wish you all the strength & love you will need to get through these next few days. Again,we are so sorry for your loss. xoxo

  3. Uncle Wally was a wonderful person. We enjoyed hearing about all his travels. He was very warm and kind and we always felt welcome in their home. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  4. I worked many a shift with Wally and thoroughly enjoyed them. Yes, he truly loved to sail and I marveled at his ability to sail by himself in the ocean. His stories were great to listen to. I’m sorry to hear of his passing, but I’m truly glad to hear that he had 26+ years of retirement. Rest in peace old friend. Norm Hansen

  5. We would like to wish Aunt Terry and the family our deepest sympathy, our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Love, Patrick & Joan

  6. I was so sorry to hear of Wally’s passing. I know Terry and Wally through their life long friendship with my Aunt Lil and family who lived just around the corner from them. Often when my family were up visiting my aunt …. Terry and Wally would drop in and my Dad and Wally would sit in the living room and talk for hours. About travel, history, sailing, etc. Wally you were always such a kind man and a true gentleman. I will remember you fondly…….. Marilyn Millar

  7. I’ve met you a few times and you were always friendly and always greeted me with open arms. my condolences to the Rezende family; you will be greatly missed.

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