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Wallace Dean

Wallace Hack Dean

Thursday, April 6th, 1944 - Monday, October 7th, 2019
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Wallace "Hack" Dean, 75 years of age, passed away on Monday, October 7th, 2019 quietly in his home in Lancaster, Va. Hack was born April 6, 1944, in Washington, Pennsylvania to the late Walter and Catherine Dean. He was an only child.

He is survived by his wife and love of his life of 53 years, Lore Dean who he married in 1966. He is also survived by his daughter, Jodi Mills and her husband, Chuck; his three grandchildren, Charlie Mills, Jordan Mills and Emily Mills. Hack enjoyed traveling and visiting with his 2 brothers-in-law and their wives; his two nieces, five nephews and their beautiful families. This connection to his family gave him such joy.

After graduating from Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School in Houston, Pennsylvania, Hack joined The Pennsylvania Army National Guard as a Reservist. Hack dabbled in many career interests before he was recruited by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in Fairfax, Virginia, as a professional firefighter/EMT. Hack and Lore retired to the Northern Neck of Virginia where they built their dream home on the water.

Hack involved himself with the water life and serving at Bethel United Methodist Church. He loved to sing in the choir, was a leader with the Methodist Men and acted as the Lay Leader for the last 17 years. He loved to cook for his family, friends and his church. It was through his love of Christ and his career in firefighting that Hack became the Chaplin with the Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Bethel United Methodist Church so that out of-town family and friends may attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Music Fund, P. O. Box 118, Lively, VA 22507 or the Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 205, Lively, VA 22507 in honor of Wallace Hack Dean.

He will be sadly missed and remembered fondly by those who knew him.
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Robert V. Smart

Posted at 07:13pm
This event took place several years ago in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery on St. Mary's White Chapel Road near Lively, Virginia. I called my friend "Hackissimo" because he was The Great One and because he didn't like to be called Wallace. Hackissimo had called to ask me to show him exactly where two grave sites were in the cemetery. When we met at the cemetery he told me that he had bought the sites for Lore and him. The sites are out in an open area where they will get plenty of sunshine. Hackissimo was pleased with the location. Then I pointed out where my parents were buried just a few yards away, and I mentioned that Jena and I as well as my brother, Neil, and sister-in-law, Diane, would be buried near them as well. Tears came to his eyes and he said: "Good, I'll have friends nearby forever." At that moment he glanced upwards and said: "Look up, Bob." A mature American Bald Eagle was flying overhead not very high. We both were stunned into silence. That moment and that image will be with me for the remainder of my life and it will always remind me of Hack Dean. --- Robert Smart
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Randall Torgerson

Posted at 01:36pm
Hack was a good family man and neighbor. He diligently worked to keep the entire Youcomico Drive roadside mowed with his John Deere lawn tractor, and Bertrand Landing looking presentable. He also actively promoted the Methodoist Men's sales and was a constant presence collecting money. He enjoyed cooking and was an excellent critic on food dishes, sausages and other meats. He enjoyed a good drink at happy hours and discussing the Pittsburg Steelers fortunes compared to my Green Bay Packers. He was sometimes wrong but never in doubt when discussing national policy issues. His life was invigorated and extended by his loving partner, Lore, who was ever watchful in caring for his physical and emotional needs. One of my best memories is a happy birthday message to me sung by the two of them in mid-September this year. God rest his soul.
Randall Torgerson.

Don Bloom

Posted at 12:37pm
Lore and Jodie and family. I was heartbroken to hear of Hack's passing. He was one of a kind and he certainly left the world around him in much better shape then when he found it so many years ago. He was a dear friend and will be missed. I hope the many memories will carry you thru this difficult time.

Don & Pam Bloom
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Karrie Boswell

Posted at 04:26pm
I am so very sorry I’ve known Hack since I was in high school fire cadet in 1987. He hired me to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in 1988. a tremendous loss and he will be missed.
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Paula Abrams

Posted at 11:27am
Hack fond memories of you we had many laughs, many Prayers, many talks. I know your with God now enjoy your many new adventures. Miss you all ready. Paula.
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