Remembering Larry Wallace: A Spirit of Giving
With the holiday season in full effect, our SERCAP team has been looking forward to quality time with friends and family, homemade recipes, and giving back to the community.
This year, our SERCAP family has been reflecting on one of our own beloved members who was especially thoughtful and exemplary in giving back to others.
Larry Wallace, lovingly referred to as “the Sheriff” by SERCAP CEO Hope Cupit, was SERCAP’s Virginia State Program Manager. Larry was a husband, father, and registered professional engineer for over twenty-five years.
On Thursday, November 26, 2015, we lost our dear friend and colleague, Larry Wallace; he passed away on Thanksgiving Day. With over 40 years of experience in project management, engineering, and water resources, Larry was always an active, appreciated, and confident voice on the SERCAP team.
He enjoyed making others laugh and embodied a generous spirit that naturally followed wherever he served. Larry excelled at commanding the attention of a room. A natural team captain, he was able to focus the group in on all matters at hand.
With his leadership skills also came a light-hearted spirit that shone through genuinely. Larry’s caring and gentle spirit was apparent to all who knew him; he took care to ask colleagues how they were doing both in and outside of the office. He kept up with friends’ anniversaries and had a keen memory for their children's’ achievements in school, birthdays and even positions on sports teams. His heart for conversation and advice-giving was honest and sincere.
This Thanksgiving season we reflect back on Larry’s generosity; his will to serve others continues to be an encouragement to our team at SERCAP—a beautiful reminder of all that we have to be thankful for this season. Larry and his wife, Lari, regularly served in rescue shelters like Angels of Assisi in Roanoke, Va., caring for animals in the local area. Larry went out of his way to offer food, supplies, and love to these shelters and their furry friends. This year, our staff made a cash donation to Angels of Assisi in Larry’s memory just as we did in 2016.
Larry’s giving heart inspires and humbles our SERCAP family; his humility was especially apparent in his time of service with the National Guard.
“Serving is just what you should do,” he would say.
This hospitality transcended all areas of his life and seemed to come most naturally in his position at SERCAP as the Virginia State Manager. Larry was passionate about providing for others, at SERCAP, providing safe water and sanitary waste disposal systems to low income areas in Virginia stirred Larry’s heart to give more and do more.
We still miss you Larry, and this Thanksgiving season, we will keep working, keep giving and continue to remember your generous spirit.
(Photo of Larry Wallace receiving the 2014 Employee of the Year Award from Hope Cupit and Terry Lewis)