Terrence M. Lallak, age 73, of Wilton, died peacefully on Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the small Weston cottage he shared with his beloved wife, Susan E. Tom. He was an architect and QA/QC mentor at BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group in New York City — where he loved mentoring, collaborating with and learning from the many young, talented architects and designers who are transforming architecture around the world. He also loved New York City, Wisconsin Badger football, the New York Yankees, oil painting, cupcakes and his church community at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield. Before joining BIG, Lallak practiced architecture with Perkins & Will, VOA and Cannon Design in Chicago and New York City.
As an active parishioner at St. Paul’s, Lallak served as a liturgical assistant and lay Eucharistic minister. He was a member of the Welcoming and Hospitality Ministry and the Men’s Group, and he enjoyed preparing and serving meals at San Lucas y San Pablo Episcopal Church in Bridgeport. He also conceived and implemented a rich array of projects for beautifying and improving the use of space at St. Paul’s.
Born in Ft. Wayne, Ind., to the late Frank and Irene Becker Lallak, he grew up in his parents’ small drugstore, in the shadow of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. He graduated from Ft. Wayne Central Catholic High School and Purdue University. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and served both organizations as an officer and committee chair of the Chicago and New York City chapters.
In addition to his wife, Lallak is survived by his children, Mark C. Lallak Sr. and his wife, Laurie of South Natick, Mass., and Jennifer Lallak Meyer and her husband, Stewart of Cary, Ill. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Mark C. Lallak Jr. of South Natick and Madison Meyer of Cary; and his brother-in-law, Paul R. Tom, Esq. of Tulsa, Okla. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, the Rev. F. Thomas Lallak of Auburn, Ind.
“He was a fine man, kind and gentle, who will be missed by all who knew him,” his family said.
Friends are invited to greet his family on Friday, June 19, from 4 to 8, at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center. The funeral will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 11 directly at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road in Fairfield with the Rev. Judith L. Rhodes officiating. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for use in their ministries.
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