Honoured by their children
Both Don and Diane (Cooper) were born and raised in North Bay. Although the Wallaces and the Coopers were well acquainted, and often socialized together, Don and Diane did not spend much time together until they both attended Algonquin Composite School in North Bay, where they were high school sweethearts. They married in 1972.
Don Wallace is the third son of George and Sybil Wallace. He enjoyed growing up in North Bay, and has many fond memories of the backyard hockey rink on Campbell Avenue. Don left North Bay to attend university at Glendon College (York University) and then received his law
degree from Osgoode Hall in Toronto. He returned to North Bay to article at the family law practice, then called Wallace & Carr.
Don was called to the Bar in 1975 and has practiced family law and civil litigation in North Bay ever since. In addition to his private practice, Don is a Children’s Aid Counsel, the Chairman of the Nipissing Legal Aid Committee and the President of the Nipissing Law Association.
Don has always been active in the community in North Bay. Throughout the years he has been involved with the North Bay Apollo Gymnastics Club, the North Bay Granite Club and Montessori Children’s House, however hockey remains his true passion. Don has coached many teams and
served in several different Board of Directors roles with West Ferris Minor Hockey over the past 25 years. He has played Old-timers Hockey for even longer with the Ill Eagles, and continues to
play and manage the team.
Diane Cooper is the third daughter of Jack and Lois Cooper. She grew up in North Bay and spent many wonderful summers at the Cooper family cottage on Trout Lake. Diane attended both Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, earning a Masters in Social Work. She returned to North Bay and pursued a diverse career in social work that took her through the Children’s
Aid Society, private practice, North Bay General Hospital and the North-East Mental Health Centre.
Diane has also been an active figure in the community and has been involved with the Community Waterfront Friends, the North Bay Waste Resources Advisory Committee, North Bay Apollo Gymnastics Club and North Bay Humane Society.
In spite of all these demands on their time, Don and Diane have always made family life a priority. They and their three children (Kelly, Christy and Greg) have enjoyed many, many summers at the Lake Talon cottage, as well as family trips to Florida and skiing in Collingwood. They can often be seen skiing to the cottage, rollerblading along the Kate Pace Way and ballroom dancing.
Thank you mom and dad, for everything you have done for us all!
Love Kelly, Christy & Greg