Submitted by his wife
Captain Robert E. Wallingford Jr.‚ born January 6‚ 1949‚ was a life-long resident of South Portland‚ Maine‚ a 30 year member of its Volunteer Fire Department‚ a Police Reserve Member of 10 years and a diesel mechanic / heavy equipment operator for South Portland Public Works for 23 years until his death. August 27. 1996‚ Captain Robert (Bobby) Wallingford Jr. died of a massive heart attack while fighting his city’s largest fire in its history‚ the Portland Welding Fire.
Bobby was an outstanding example of leadership‚ unselfish devotion to community‚ pride and loyalty. Firefighting was undeniably a family love and tradition. His father‚ brother‚ a sister and his own three children‚ Robert III‚ Rena and Ryan were also members of South Portland’s Ferry Village Engine One. Captain Wallingford Jr. died doing what he loved most‚ surrounded by those he loved most‚ his three children and fellow firefighters.
Captain Wallingford Jr. was a staunch advocate for higher education‚ always the ‘Dad’ and mentor‚ respected and loved by all who knew him. A scholarship‚ The Captain Robert E. Wallingford Jr. Scholarship Fund‚ for either Law Enforcement or Fire Science is offered each year for first year students attending Southern Maine Community College‚ Fort Road‚ South Portland‚ Maine.