Obituary for Gavin Knowlton Wallace
WALDOBORO – Gavin Knowlton Wallace, 12, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family and those who loved him.
Gavin was born November 28, 2005 in Bangor, the son of Joshua and Nicole Frances Wallace.
In his earlier years, Gavin would always be on the go. He always had a mischievous smile on his face and you almost always wanted to say ‘what did you do now’ or ‘what did you get into’? Gavin was a huge fan of music and just like his Nana he was always ready to dance. He loved singing with his Mimi ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and when mama and daddy would sing ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ to him. He loved rough-housing with his aunts and cousins. Traveling, Gavin visited Canada, New York, MA, NH, VA, DC as well as a few other places. Gavin always loved taking trips to Portland to visit his ‘Glamma’ as well.
Gavin loved his daily routine. He often would smile and laugh when pretty nurses would come to take care of him and was never shy about being a flirt by opening his big blue eyes and cracking a smile. He loved sitting with his brothers and watching movies and his rides with daddy to appointments was always a highlight for both of them. In the summer he enjoyed going to the beach with his brothers and step-mother Lydia and being lowered into the water just enough to kick his feet. Gavin always enjoyed outings with his mom and special visits from his Mimi, Auntie Ash and Auntie Chimps. He loved having his cousins come play and would always get so excited to hear music.
Gavin was a fighter and no matter how bad his health got, he managed to smile and you knew it was okay. The impact he had on those he met was profound and, without saying a word, he captured the hearts of many. His determination was so great, when given 6 months to live at age 5, he only got healthier and fought bravely for 7 more years.
Gavin is survived by his father Joshua Wallace and his step-mom Lydia Powell of Waldoboro; his mother Nicole Wallace and her partner Joseph McLaughlin and his son Wyatt, age 4, all of Lincolnville; two brothers, Joshua Steven Wallace II, age 11, Ellijah James Wallace, age 6, both of Waldoboro; paternal grandparents, ‘Nana’ Valarie Wallace; ‘Papa’ Rick Wallace both of Union; maternal grandparents, ‘Mimi’ Stacy Thayer of Bangor, Robert and Debbie Cushman of Belmont, his special ‘Glamma’ Geraldine Powell of Portland; aunts Kimberly Hynd of Warren, Heidi Simmons of Friendship, Tiphani Roberts of Milford, Ashleigh Thayer of Old Town; uncles Zachary Wallace of Portland, Kooper Underwood of Bangor and his many cousins Conner, Zane, Trevor, Isaac, Julia, Ella, Owen, Anna, and Addie who all loved him so very much. Gavin also had many healthcare professionals, teachers and therapists he loved, who we hold dear to our hearts. We want to thank everyone involved.
A celebration of Gavin’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2018 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, with a reception following. (location to be announced at service)
Donations in memory of Gavin may be made to the SOFT Network either online at trisomy.org or by mail c/o SOFT President, 2982 South Union Street, Rochester, NY 14624 (Checks may be made payable to “SOFT”).