Yesterday, ’s ashes were interred in a cemetery on Main Street in Vineyard Haven near his former home on Hatch Road. The small, informal gathering started at 4 pm and friends and family of the "60 Minutes" star gathered in the shaded cemetery near the home that was so import Wallace to remember the man who was so important to many.
Wallace who made a name for himself as a relentless interrogator on “60 Minutes,” owned a home on West Chop where he and his family summered. Wallace spent his Island days among friends Art Buchwald, James Reston, and novelist William Styron. He died this past April at the age of 93 in New Caanan, Connecticut.
Many notable friends attended the ceremony today including Rose Styron, Sissy Yates, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Ron Gault and Gogo Ferguson. Wallace’s wife Mary, who is very ill, was unable to be there. However, the group took a moment to say hello to her as a videographer took a panoramic video of the gathering. Also in attendance was Pauline Dora who took care of Wallace until he died and who was still visibly upset.
The speakers each spoke for three- five minutes, many of them recalling how much Wallace loved the Vineyard and how much the Island meant to him and his family.
In addition to his ashes being interred in the cemetery, some will also be spread over Vineyard Haven harbor.