Paul Hamilton Wallis died suddenly in Portland, Maine March 11, 2010. He was 70 years old. Paul, a Maine summer resident since the mid-1940′s finally followed in his family’s footsteps and moved to Topsham, Maine in 2009.
Born September 17, 1939 and raised in Larchmont, New York, just north of New York City; Paul graduated from Mamaroneck High School and attended Colby College and Pace University. He then enlisted in the US Army and served in the Signal Corps with an overseas tour in Turkey.
In 1965 Paul joined United States Banknote Corporation. He remained with the Company until 1996 ultimately rising to Vice President, Sales. His extensive knowledge of financial instruments and printing techniques made him an authority in counterfeit stocks and bonds; Paul testified as an expert witness for the FBI on several occasions. His tenure at the Company stimulated a lifelong interest in the financial markets and aided him in his service as Trustee for several family interests. After his retirement he enjoyed having the time to follow the markets more closely.
Paul married his high school sweetheart Marymina ”Minka” Helwig in 1965. They resided in Pelham Manor, New York for 32 years, raising their twin daughters Rorah and Gillian there.
Paul was a dangerous man with a deck of cards and a crossword fanatic who did the NY Times puzzle in pen daily, even on Saturday. His father, John Wallis, taught him the art of fly fishing and Paul spent weekends fishing with his father and brother Nat at Tim Pond in Eustis, Maine.
Mourned by his wife of 45 years, Marymina of Topsham, Maine, his two daughters Rorah and Gillian, and his brother Nathaniel of Jefferson, Maine.
A memorial service will be held in Jefferson, Maine in June. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association in Newcastle, Maine or the Highlands Residents Assistance Fund in Topsham, Maine.