By Cheryl Brown
By Cheryl Brown
Integrity, gentleman, friend, confidant, characters were some of the adjectives used to describe the life of Wallace “Wally” Green; His audience was a rainbow like his life. He most recently retired after serving in various capacities, the last one on the staff of the former Mayor Judith Valles.
Valles described Green as “solution driven”, a safety net, and a friend to share experiences, joys and sorrows. “He was loyal,” she said, “He saw my best qualities even when I didn’t.”
Beverly Wright, chair of the Trustee Board at New Hope Baptist Church said he was consistent, both inside and outside of the church. “He gave the best advice and commanded that old school respect. And the brother could dress, hats, shoes…” she said.
As the celebration continued longtime employer Sam Catalanto call him “a giant of a man with character.”
Rabbi Hillel Cohen (Ret), served with him on the Human Relation’s Commission. “He made a positive difference in the lives of many. He broke down the walls of separation,” he said.
Rev. Ray Turner, Pastor of Temple Missionary Baptist Church, “He was a man of integrity he cared about the community and did all he could do…he was a giver not a taker.”
Bill Leonard, Sr. told The Black Voice News, “he was a gentleman filled with integrity and he was always asking about my wife’s health.”
When interviewed, former City Councilman Norris Gregory reflected on his impeccable dress, and said, “He was a lovable likeable guy.”
Green was born on September 3, 1936 in Fort Necessity, Louisiana. He was reared in the Baptist Church which was a natural progression for him to join New Hope MBC in 1984. In 1956 he joined the US Air Force and when he retired he worked for the city of San Bernardino. He worked for the city of San Bernardino. He worked for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency from 1970-1975 leaving to take a position as Executive Vice President of the San Bernardino Economic Development Council. He served in various positions including the Assistant to the former Mayor. He also served as Foreman of the County Grand Jury.
He was the operator of the church tape ministry, and was past Master and a member of the Masonic Lodges Prince Hall No. 17, Riverside Consistory No. 273 and American Legion Post 14.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 46 years, Betty, two children Anthony and Marcella Jeanette, son-in-law Roderick Clark, 5 grandsons and two granddaughters, one great granddaughter, 5 sisters and three brothers and a host of family and friends.
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