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Wallace G. “Wally” Upson

HAVERHILL: Wallace G. “Wally” Upson, 78, a resident of The Oxford for the past two years, died Friday August 17th at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Born in Haverhill September 7, 1928 he was the beloved son of the late Wallace C. and Bertha (Colby) Upson. Mr. Upson was a graduate of Haverhill High School class of 1948. During the Korean Conflict he served in the U.S. Army with the 320th General Hospital before his discharge in 1952 with the rank of corporal.

Upon his return from the military he worked and ran several restaurants in the area including the Bradford Diner where Heavenly Donuts now stands. In partnership with Norman Marcotte they worked side by side for several years at Norman’s Restaurant in Lafayette Square. He then went on to open Wally’s Place in the Hoyt’s Plaza (now Shaw’s Plaza) in Plaistow, NH. Following a brief retirement Wally then opened Jan & Wally’s Place in Groveland Square. An avid golfer he was a member of Crystal Springs Golf Club for many years, and was a member of AMVETS Post #147.

Beloved husband of the late Janice C. (Jones) Upson, he is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, Carol & Arthur LaPierre of Bradford, Catherine & Jack Collins of Jonesport, ME, Cindy & Gregg Bouchard; his loving sister Barbara Dondero of Bradford; granddaughter Michelle Nelson and her husband Kenneth; grandson Brian LaPierre; his two beautiful great granddaughters Abigail and Isabelle Nelson, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. Calling hours Tuesday 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Activity Fund, 689 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.
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