CHERRYFIELD – Bruce Michael Wallace, 73, died May 21, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1938, in San Diego, and grew up in Tucson, Ariz.
When he was 8, his mother, Maggie (Mayer) Wallace, brought Bruce and his sister back to her hometown of Dedham. At 16 he left Ellsworth High School to read books and study music, moving out to Columbus, Ohio, with his teacher, Claude Monteux, son of Pierre. At 18 he joined the Army Security Agency – the "spies" and was stationed two years in Bad Aibling, Germany. In 1960 he returned to Maine and married Marie Kelley. They had a son, Tal, in 1962. The next year he met the painter, Alice Meyer, in Bar Harbor; she became his second wife. Together with Tal they lived in Dei…, on the Spanish island of Mallorca, from 1965 until 1980, when they separated. In 1983 Bruce moved to New York City and helped start the Manhattan Brewing Co., Thompson Street; he served as brewer there until 1987, when he left to live for two years with the saints of northwest Chios, a Greek island. He moved back to Maine in 1989, settling eventually in Cherryfield. There he read the "desert fathers" and conceived and followed a monastic rule of antagonistic hospitality. He cultivated countless friendships, many of which began as he accosted passersby from his post at the "liars’ bench" in downtown Cherryfield.
He is survived by his former wife, Alice Meyer Wallace of Philadelphia and Paros, Greece; son, Tal and wife, Merie, and their daughter, Cassie, all of Dei…, Mallorca; son, Owen Wallace-Servera of Dallas; and sister, Elizabeth Wallace Jones and son, Bryn Jones, both of California. He was devoted to his many friends, who in turn loved him to the end.
There will be a memorial service for his friends later. Burial will be at Benjamin Willey Cemetery, Bion Lane, Cherryfield.