SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020



Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade is the highest local honor given to a person of Irish ancestry and either a resident of the city of Holyoke or a member of the Parade Committee. He/she has distinguished themselves as a loyal person to the Parade Committee, their career, their family, and to their Irish ancestry.

2019 Grand Marshal: Roger J. Reidy, Jr.

The 68th Grand Marshal of the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade is Roger J. Reidy, Jr.

Roger is a 27-year member of the Parade Committee and for even more years – a faithful servant to his family, Church, and community.

Born in 1962, he is the son of Roger and Jeanne (Villamaire) Reidy. He grew up in a busy household in Bemis Heights, the second youngest of seven siblings. He is a proud product of the Holyoke Public schools, attending EN White and Holyoke High School. At an early age, Roger knew that he wanted to pursue a career in the family’s oil business. Upon high school graduation, he enrolled in Denver Automotive and Diesel College, and graduated summa cum laude with an Associate Degree in Applied Science.

Shortly after returning to Holyoke, Roger swept the love of his life, Margaret (O’Hare) Reidy, off her feet on a blind date to the classic love song “Lady in Red” (yes, she was wearing red). Married for thirty-one years, they have been blessed with two children. Ashley, 30 is a Physician Assistant and was the 2008 Grand Colleen and Miss Congeniality. R. John, III is currently working towards his MS in Industrial and Organization Psychology at Springfield College and shares his father’s gift of cooking.

Upon the retirement his father, young Roger began his independent company Reidy Heating & Cooling Inc. with all the knowledge and wisdom passed down from his father on how to properly run a business and always put customers’ needs first.

The faith that was instilled in him from his early years continues to inspire him in his work as a Eucharistic Minister and Chair of the Finance Counsel at Holyoke’s Blessed Sacrament Church. He also has wonderful memories celebrating his faith with Ashley as part of the Diocesan Youth Council at various conferences around the country and world. In his community, Roger is a former Commissioner of the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department and frequent contributor to a number charitable events, especially youth sports. He also served as a coach for his son’s sports teams and was an enthusiastic member of the “chain gang” – serving as the loudest fan of the sideline for his son’s varsity football games at Holyoke High.

Roger’s membership on the Parade Committee has been a large part of Roger’s adult life. Seeing the positive impact that the Parade has had not only on the Irish community, but on the entire city of Holyoke, serves as Roger’s driving force to continue serving on the Committee. Throughout his tenure he has given countless hours serving in a multitude of leadership positions including Chief of Staff, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of many other committees. Roger proudly served as Parade President in 2003 and was the O’Connell Award Recipient in 2006.

Roger believes that above all else, family, faith, and hard-work are values that can never be short-changed. That when fighting for something you truly believe in, enough is never enough, it’s “whatever it takes”. This is a true reflection of the traditions that hold us together as Irish-Americans.

Above all, Roger is grateful for this tradition that lives on, rain or shine. The Parade stands strong through politics, issues, or weather. He is grateful for the families that are brought together (especially his own), the smiles and laughs that are shared, the wind-kissed cheeks, and the sense of community it brings regardless of race, social class, or ethnicity. The Parade holds us together as Irish-Americans and Holyokers! March On!

1952 Thomas Rohan*
1953 Atty. John S. Begley*
1954 Daniel J. O’Connell*
1955 Rep. Emmett J. Cauley*
1956 Elmer J. Harrington, M.D.*
1957 William P. Sullivan*
1958 William R. Peck*
1959 Hon. William E. Nolan*
1960 John J. Driscoll, M.D.*
1961 Michael H. Moran*
1962 Hon. Maurice A. Donahue*
1963 Eugene O’Neill*
1964 Jeremiah J. Lawler*
1965 Joseph F. Lynch, D.M.D.*
1966 Atty. Joseph J. Kelley*
1967 Thomas W. Padden*
1968 William J. Dean*

1969 James F. Millane*
1970 Francis R. King*
1971 William G. Rogers*
1972 David M. Bartley
1973 Timothy J. Sullivan*
1974 Dr. George E. Frost*
1975 William W. Mahoney*
1976 Richard J. Murphy*
1977 Francis J. Baker*
1978 Edward F. Sheehy*
1979 Judge John F. Moriarty*
1980 James J. Shea*
1981 Edward F. Nugent*
1982 Rev. Maurice B. Martin*
1983 John T. Hickey*
1984 James “Barry” Farrell*
1985 James E. O’Leary*

1986 Most Rev. Leo E. O’Neil, D.D.*
1987 Anne H. McHugh*
1988 Bernard M. Lavelle, Jr.
1989 Thomas J. Donahue*
1990 James K. Kelly*
1991 Patrick B. Bresnahan, III
1992 Edward B. (Pop) Coughlin*
1993 Atty. Maurice J. Ferriter
1994 Robert J. Rohan*
1995 Charles W. “Bill” Dinn*
1996 Dr. Francis M. Baker*
1997 Dr. John E. McHugh*
1998 Daniel E. Tierney*
1999 Francis M. Kane
2000 Rev. Francis X. Sullivan*
2001 Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire*

2002 James A. Curran
2003 Atty. Peter F. Brady
2004 Joseph V. Gosselin, Jr.
2005 Russell J. McNiff, Sr.
2006 Frederick L. Sullivan, Esq.
2007 Alan F. Cathro
2008 Judge Ann M. Gibbons*
2009 Christine Padden Zajac
2010 Joseph M. McGiverin
2011 Gerald D. Healy
2012 Barry J. Farrell
2013 Brian Q. Corridan
2014 Roger P. Donoghue
2015 Raymond H. Feyre
2016 Patricia C. Devine
2017 Sr. Jane Morrissey
2018 David “Archie” Donoghue

* Denotes Deceased

John F. Kennedy National Award

The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Award is presented annually to an American of Irish descent who has distinguished themselves in their chosen field.

2019 John F. Kennedy National Award Recipient: TJ Jagodowski

Thomas James (TJ) Jagodowski was raised in Holyoke along with his two brothers, Todd and Troy, his parents, Maureen and Tom, and his grandparents, uncles, and aunt. He grew up on Elmwood Avenue where he would walk to school at Joseph Metcalf Elementary and later at Blessed Sacrament, where he also attended mass. He played Pee Wee baseball for Jim Athas as a member of Pat’s Supermarket and later in life played for multiple teams under the lights at McKenzie Field. He also played soccer through high school and spent ten years of Saturdays at Charlie Szostkiewicz’s Holyoke Bowl-O-Drome enjoying every darn second of candlepin bowling.

TJ graduated as salutatorian in 1988 from Holyoke Catholic High School and lettered in three varsity sports; baseball, basketball and soccer. He was the winner of the Dartmouth Book Award and a member of the National Honor Society. TJ went on to attend Syracuse University where he was a resident advisor for three years and graduated with a dual major in English and Television/Radio/Film Production. Technological advancements made his Production degree useless almost immediately upon graduation. Shortly after leaving Syracuse, TJ moved to Chicago to pursue a career in television production and worked briefly on the TV show, The Untouchables, before being introduced by a college friend to improvisation at the Second City and IO (formerly ImprovOlympic). Over the past 23 years, he has taught, directed, and performed at these two theatres.

After auditioning for the nationally renowned Second City sketch comedy theater, he was hired to perform as part of the national touring company. TJ performed with the Second City Sketch Comedy National Tour for a year and a half and played theaters across the country and also in Europe. The Second City then promoted him to the Mainstage where he cowrote and starred in “The Psychopath Not Taken” and later at their ETC Theater. It was here where TJ cowrote and starred in their first post 9-11 show “The Yellow Cab of Courage.”

In February of 2002, TJ started two long-running partnerships. First, he became one of the Two Guys spokesmen for Sonic Drive-In. The campaign still runs today and is one of the longest running television commercial campaigns in history. Second, he started improvising, with David Pasquesi, as part of the improvisational duo, TJ and Dave. Their show has run in Chicago for 17 years, has had consistent runs at the Barrow Street Theater in Greenwich Village for almost fifteen years, and been performed across the US as well as in Toronto, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen and London’s Soho Theater. TJ and Dave are two-time winners of New York City’s Nightlife Award, receiving one in 2006 for Best Unique Comedy Performance and again in 2007 for Outstanding Unique Comedy Performance. The duo shared the Chicago Improv Festival’s award for Improvisers of the Year in 2006 and the Chicago Reader Award for Best Improvised Show in 2008. TJ also received the Best Actor Award in 2016 from the Midwest Independent Film Festival.  New City Chicago said of TJ, “If Miles Davis had pursued comedy instead of music, the results might have looked something like this.”

TJ has also had small roles in numerous television shows such as Prison Break, Shrink, Easy and Chicago Fire. In theatres, he has appeared in Soul Survivors, The Ice Harvest, Stranger Than Fiction, Oz The Great and Powerful and Get Hard. TJ and Dave were also the subject of a 2009 documentary that premiered at South by Southwest entitled Trust Us, This Is All Made Up.

In 2017, TJ got married to Beth Melewski and the two currently live happily with their dog, Josie, in Chicago. “I’m beyond thrilled to be the 2019 JFK Award recipient. I love Holyoke and I love the Parade. To be a part of something so special in my hometown is what I dreamed about as a young kid, sitting at the bottom of Elmwood Avenue watching the pipes and drums go by each Parade. Thank you to the Parade Committee for this great honor.”

1958 John F. Kennedy – United States Senator, President of the United States
1959 Most Rev. Jeremiah J. Minnehan, D.D. – Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
1960 Hon. John F. Collins – Mayor, City of Boston
1961 Most Rev. Christopher J. Weldon, D.D. – Bishop of the Springfield (MA) Diocese
1962 Robert B. Consedine – Journalist/Author
1963 William D. Gargan – Actor
1964 James B. Donovan – Attorney, International Negotiator
1965 James J. Shea, Sr. – President, Milton Bradley Company
1966 Hon. Edward M. Kennedy – United States Senator
1967 Tommy Loughran – Champion Light Heavyweight Boxer
1968 Lawrence O’Brien – U.S. Postmaster General Commissioner NBA
1969 Cardinal Richard Cushing – Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston
1970 Hon. John N. Dempsey – Governor of Connecticut
1971 Pat O’Brien – Actor
1972 Major General Timothy J. Dacey, Jr. – USAF, Chief of Staff, Strategic Air Command
1973 Hon. John W. McCormack – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
1974 James Bishop – Author, Syndicated Columnist
1975 Hon. Thomas Paul Salmon – Governor of Vermont
1976 Edward Bennett Williams – Attorney

1977 Jimmy Breslin – Author, Investigative Journalist
1978 Hon. Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
1979 Dan Devine – Football Coach, Notre Dame University
1980 Arthur J. Rooney – Owner, Pittsburgh, Steelers Professional Football
1981 William A. Nolen, M.D., – Surgeon/Author
1982 Maureen O’Hara – Actress
1983 Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire – Bishop of the Springfield (MA) Diocese
1984 Hon. Edward P. Boland – Member of Congress of the United States
1985 Frank McGuire – NCAA Basketball Coach
1986 William A. O’Neill – Governor of Connecticut
1987 Dennis Day – Singer, radio and television personality
1988 Thomas J. Flatley – Business Executive Philanthropist
1989 Neil Sheehan – Journalist, Reporter, Pulitzer Prize Author
1990 Most Rev. Leo E. O’Neill – Coadjutor Bishop of Manchester, NH
1991 Carmel Quinn – Singer/Entertainer
1992 Tom Clancy – Author
1993 Sister Mary Rose McGeady, D.C. – President, Covenant House, New York City
1994 Raymond L. Flynn – U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican
1995 Eoin McKiernan – Founder, Irish American Cultural Institute

1996 Robert L. Stack – Actor
1997 John J. Sweeney – President, AFL-CIO
1998 Gen. Richard I. Neal – Assistant Commandant, United States Marine Corp
1999 Steven McDonald and Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald – Detective, New York Police Department, Inspirational and motivational speaker
2000 Hon. Richard E. Neal – Member of Congress of the United States
2001 John V. Shea – Actor, riter, director
2002 Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin – Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives
2003 William J. Flynn – Chairman of the Board, Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company
2004 Catherine G. “Cady” Coleman – NASA Astronaut
2005 Tom O’Brien – Football Coach, Boston College
2006 Thomas J. Ridge – Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
2007 Dan Shaughnessy – Author/Sports Reporter, Boston Globe
2008 Francis X. Healy – Baseball player, Sports Broadcaster Executive
2009 Joseph Loughrey – Vice Chairman, Cummins, Inc.
2010 Hon. Daniel M. Rooney – U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland
2011 David McCullough – Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner
2012 Kevin O’Hara – Author
2013 Doris Kearns Goodwin – Author
2014 Dick and Rick Hoyt – Team Hoyt, Marathon, Triathlon and Ironman competitors
2015 John M. Maguire – President and Chief Executive Officer of Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC
2016 “Irish” Micky Ward – Retired Junior Welterweight Professional Boxer
2017- Ann Dowd – award winning actress

2018 Arthur “Archie” Roberts – retired cardiac surgeon and former collegiate and professional football player

Citizenship Award

The Citizenship Award is presented to a person or organization that may be of non-Irish descent that has made substantial contributions to the Parade and/or the Parade Committee.

2019 Citizenship Award Winner: Joseph Weisse

2019 Citizenship Award winner, Joseph Weisse, is the son of the late Virginia (Ubertalli) and Frank Weisse. Joe and his three siblings, Peggy, Tom and Mary were born and raised in the Elmwood section of Holyoke. Joe attended Holyoke High School, and went on to The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Virginia Weisse was a chemist at Tighe & Bond and Frank Weisse was a businessman. Together they started Holyoke Distilled Water in 1965, selling distilled water to labs for testing. They grew the business in the 1970’s to include drinking water and in the 1990’s Joe took over the family business. Over 50 years later, the business now known as Laurel Pure (after the Elmwood street the Weisse children grew up on) has grown to include purified water for industrial applications, delivery to homes & businesses, and water cooler rentals.

For over 25 years, Joe has been a generous supporter of the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Road Race, donating Laurel Pure water and supplies for thousands of runners every year. He also donates to several other community races and events. Joe is also a proud member of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke and a member of the Holyoke Elks #902. In his spare time, Joe enjoys golfing and traveling.
Joe, his siblings and their whole family are looking forward to marching on St. Patrick’s Day in honor of Frank and Virginia Weisse, who would be so proud of Joe and Laurel Pure’s support of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Race.

1966 Leo J. Simard*
1967 Michael X. Andrews*
1968 Samuel Resnic*
1969 Robert E. Barrett*
1970 Robert K. Steiger*
1971 Fernando “Pat” Paradis*
1972 William Dwight*
1973 Eugene P. Tamburi*
1974 Wayne Alderman*
1975 Edna Williams*
1976 Louis J. Ryback*
1977 Lawrence A. Graham*
1978 Frank H. Cataldo*

1979 R. Robert Grenier
1980 Robert H. Bourassa*
1981 Jack and Charlie Kramer*
1982 Donald N. Lafrennie*
1983 Frank A. Banks
1984 Benjamin H. Marcus
1985 Nicholas Cosmos*
1986 Leo W. Simard*
1987 John V. Czelusniak*
1988 William Dwight, Jr.*
1989 Warren A. Rhoades*
1990 Congressman Silvio O’Conte*
1991 William L. Putnam*
1992 Shriners of the Melha Temple

1993 Oscar* and Christopher Bail
1994 Michael A. Zwirko
1995 Holyoke Gas & Electric Department
1996 Congressman John Olver
1997 Joseph D. LoBello
1998 Peter Picknelly, Sr.*
1999 Holyoke Department of Public Works Employees
2000 Dr. Harold R. Ratchford*
2001 Sr. Joan A. Ryziewicz
2002 John E. Kane
2003 Michael Corduff, Lawrence Perreault and Peter Rosskothen

2004 David G. Healey
2005 Michael J. Burke
2006 Hank J. Porten
2007 Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Jr.
2008 Holyoke Police, Auxiliary Police and Fire Departments
2009 Tommy Leonard*
2010 Barbara C. Bernard
2011 Thomas P. Moriarty, Jr.*
2012 Massachusetts State Police, Troop B
2013 Douglas A. Bowen
2014 Bob Cameron
2015 Dan Kane
2016 Dinn Bros. Inc., the “Trophy People”
2017 Irma Perez Gourde
2018 Paul Hogan

* Denotes Deceased

Ambassador Award

The Ambassador Award is presented to a person who has worked to promote the relationship between the people of the Republic of Ireland and the people of the United States.

2019 Ambassador Award Winner: Dr. Christopher Fox

Dr. Christopher Fox is a Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and co-founder of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.  The Ambassador Award is presented each year to a person or organization that has worked to promote the relationship between the people of the Republic of Ireland and the people of the United States. Dr. Fox is the 28th recipient of this impressive award.

Dr. Fox was the first director of the Keough-Naughton Institute from 2001 through 2017. Upon his retirement as director, his colleague and noted scholar Professor Declan Kiberd said, “In the past three decades Chris Fox has done more than any other scholar-professor to deepen and enrich Ireland’s understanding of itself and of its place in the wider world. He has, in his work on Jonathan Swift and in leadership of the Institute, challenged us all to reimagine our disciplines. His combination of intellectual acuity and instinctual empathy enabled dozens of projects which have utterly altered our imaginative landscapes. He has inspired every worker in the field to recognize that Irish Studies is a truly global enterprise and at the same time a search for a home we may never have fully known.”

Before starting the Institute with co-founder Seamus Deane, Dr. Fox had established The IRISH Seminar, which convenes every summer (in places such as Dublin, Paris, Rome and Buenos Aires) to bring together Irish scholars, graduate students, and faculty in Irish Studies.  An intense intellectual exchange and experience, the seminar has been a formative experience for scores of Notre Dame graduate students and their peers from universities around the world.

One of Dr. Fox’s many roles as director of the Keough-Naughton Institute was serving as Executive Producer of the landmark documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion.   The film was premiered in Dublin in March 2016 by the Republic of Ireland as a centerpiece of its international commemoration of the centennial of the 1916 Easter Rebellion.  The three-part documentary aired on the BBC, PBS, and RTE (an Irish television network).  It was also released in the format of a feature movie to a global audience.  It has been shown in over 60 countries and won major awards, including the PBS Quality Programming Award, Poland’s Silver Sabre Historical Documentary prize, and Irish Television’s 2017 Award for Best Documentary of The Year. The documentary highlighted connections between Ireland and the United States that have significance up to and including the recent Irish peace process.

Dr. Fox is a professor of English at Notre Dame University, as well as a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.  His research interests are in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Literature and Science and Irish Studies.  He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.  Dr. Fox’s interests in Irish Studies grew out of his study of Jonathan Swift and eighteenth-century Ireland.  He has served on the national board of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the editorial boards of various journals, including Eighteenth-Century Thought, Eighteenth-Century Studies and Bullán:  A Journal of Irish Studies.  Dr. Fox has also served as President of the Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, President of the Samuel Johnson Society, and President of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies National Irish Caucus.  At Notre Dame, he was the recipient of a Presidential Distinguished Service Award (2003) and has served as Chair of the Department of English, Chair of the Department of Irish Language and Literature, Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.  He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Newberry Library, and the Folger.  Dr. Fox received an institutional Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that established a $2.25 million dollar fund for a library acquisitions program in Medieval English, Irish, and Old Norse literatures and permanent faculty fellowships in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute.  He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles, and his current project is a book on Jonathan Swift.

Dr. Fox’s wife, Judith Fox, is a Clinical Professor of Law at the Notre Dame Law School, where she teaches and practices consumer law.  They are the parents of four children; Annie, Sean, Geoffrey, and Ashley.

1992 Eoin McKiernan*
1993 William M. Bulger
1994 Claire O’Gara Grimes
1995 William J. Flynn
1996 George R. Ditomassi
1997 Niall O’Dowd
1998 Tommy Makem*
1999 Congressman Richard E. Neal
2000 Congressman Peter T. King
2001 Professor Thomas F. Moriarty
2002 John McDermott
2003 Frank McCourt*

2004 Brian P. Burns and Robert K. O’Neill, Ph.D.
2005 Vincent G. Dowling*
2006 David Kelly*
2007 Kathleen M. O’Toole
2008 Charlotte Moore & Ciarán O’Reilly
2009 Patricia Harty
2010 Dr. John Lahey
2011 Loretta Brennan Glucksman
2012 Adrian Flannelly & Aine Sheridan
2013 Christine Kinealy
2014 The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project
2015 Jean Butler
2016 Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D.
2017 Turlough McConnell
2018 Mary Pat Kelly

* Denotes Deceased

Thomas F. Rohan Award

The Thomas F. Rohan Award recipient shall be a long-standing member of the Parade Committee who has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Parade and/or this Association. In 1957, the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke established an award to honor its first Grand Marshal, Thomas F. Rohan.

2019 Thomas F. Rohan Award Winner: Ann Lowe

A native of Belmullet, Co. Mayo, Ireland, Ann (Burke) Lowe emigrated to America at age eight with her family – parents, John and Nora (Lavelle) Burke, sister, Mary, and brothers Sean and Desmond. They arrived in New York in December 1950 after an ocean voyage aboard the SS America. They were immediately welcomed home to Holyoke by family that had come before them.

Ann attended Nonotuck, Lawrence, and Sacred Heart elementary schools, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1960.  She then attended Holyoke Business School, and later worked for several local businesses as an administrative assistant.

Much to the delight of her family, Ann led the 1959 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Colleen. This experience left Ann with a long-lasting feeling of pride and honor. Much of her work on the Parade Committee has been with the young women involved in the Colleen Pageant and the Coronation Ball. Ann has also enjoyed working with the committees on the Memorial Mass, Ambassador’s Award Breakfast, Bishop’s Mass, Grand Marshal’s reception, the Parade Committee archives, and at many other events. Ann is also a member of the Irish Cultural Center of Western Mass, having served as secretary and as a member of the Board of Directors. She is a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church.

While working at Holyoke’s Strand Theatre, Ann met her future husband, Richard Lowe. They were married at Holy Cross Church on April 4, 1964. The couple moved to Fort Knox and Fort Devens before Richard served a year in Viet Nam with the US Army. Once Richard was discharged, the couple settled in Holyoke and raised their two daughters, Kelly and Heather. Richard passed away in 1998, but the family has grown to welcome son-in-law Jay O’Sullivan, and grandchildren Andrew and Catherine. The whole family is thrilled that Ann is being recognized with the Rohan Award in 2019, sixty years after she was the Grand Colleen!

1957   Col. Andrew B. Mangum*
1958   Vincent G. Brown*
1959   Michael H. Moran*
1960   Daniel Reynolds*
1961   John F. Kennedy*
1962   James F. Millane*
1963   Thomas W. Padden*
1964   William F. O’Brien*
1965   Arthur F. Barrett*
1966   Timothy J. Sullivan*
1967   Francis X. Tierney*
1968   Edward B. Coughlin*
1969   Michael McIntyre*
1970   James P. Hobert*
1971   James A. Curran

1972   Francis M. Kane
1973   Leo F. Hickson*
1974   John T. Tierney*
1975   Dr. John E. McHugh*
1976   Matthew Doherty*
1977   Dr. William J. Dean, Jr.
1978   William H. Burns*
1979   James E. O’Leary*
1980   George W. Counter
1981   Michael F. Tierney
1982   Richard J. Walker*
1983   Edward J. Welch*
1984   John Mansfield
1985   David B. Donoghue
1986   Thomas P. McGarry*

1987   Donald J. Moynihan
1988   Raymond H. Feyre
1989   Joseph V. Gosselin, Jr.
1990   Alan F. Cathro
1991   Dr. Robert J. O’Brien
1992   Atty. Peter F. Brady
1993   Lawrence M. Griffin
1994 Robert C. Dawson*
1995 Joseph Paul, Jr.
1996 Mary M. Lynch
1997 James J. Tierney*
1998 Edward J. Sears*
1999 David “DJ” O’Connor
2000 Delfo Barabani*
2001 Patricia C. Devine

2002 Patrick B. Bresnahan, III
2003 John (Jack) Leary, Jr.
2004 Roger P. Donoghue
2005 Kathleen M. Lynch
2006 Richard J. Dupuis
2007 Thomas G. Griffin
2008 Barry J. Farrell
2009 Russell J. McNiff, Jr.
2010 John T. O’Neill*
2011 Jane Coughlin Chevalier
2012 Mark O’Brien
2013 Barbara La Flamme
2014 Kenneth A. Collins
2015 John E. Henry
2016 Marc Joyce
2017 Joseph F. Griffin III
2018 Hayley M. Dunn

* Denotes Deceased

George E. O’Connell Award

The George E. O’Connell Award recipient shall be a long-standing member of the Parade Committee who has made significant contributions to the fund-raising efforts of the Parade and/or this Association.

2019 George E. O’Connell Award Winner: Jenn Cooper

After moving back to Massachusetts from Salt Lake City, Jenn joined the Parade Committee at the suggestion of Ray and Sue Feyre as a way to make new friends, get involved and give back to the Holyoke Community. Since 2013, she has served on the Road Race, Nominating and Marketing Committees, and is valued by the Marketing Committee Co-Chairs for her task-oriented efficiency.
Jenn is the daughter of the late Major Richard W. Cooper of Salisbury, Maryland and Mary Jacqueline “Jacki” Cooper of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cooper family lived on Westover Air Force Base until Richard’s plane was downed on December 19, 1972 and he was listed as Missing in Action*. Jacki relocated to Holyoke to raise Jenn and her beloved sister, Natalie. The community of Holyoke was a blessing and support to the Cooper girls who made many lifelong friends who they consider family. Jenn graduated from Holyoke Catholic High School in 1991 and received her B.A. in Political Science in 1995 and Master’s in Higher Education Administration in 1997 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Since 1997, Jenn has worked in higher education her whole career, and currently serves as Senior Director of Development for the University of Massachusetts Foundation (a private fund-raising entity). Jenn is considered a top performer for the Amherst campus having raised over $13 million in donations since 2013. Prior to UMass, Jenn worked at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Boston University and MIT. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield.
Jenn resides in Holyoke with her partner, best friend and fellow committee member, Billy Dinn, and their dog, Murphy D.

*Richard’s remains were found and he was buried on December 19, 2003 in Arlington National Cemetery.

1963 James Landers*
1964 William G. Rogers*
1965 William F. Padden*
1966 Atty. Maurice J. Ferriter
1967 Gerald T. Bynan*
1968 Daniel J. McMahon*
1969 Bernard M. Lavelle
1970 Dr. Francis M. Baker*
1971 John K. Bowler*
1972 James R. Murphy*
1973 Dr. John J. Driscoll*
1974 Patrick B. Bresnahan, III
1975 Russell J. McNIff, Sr.

1976   Edward J. Sears*
1977   Roger P. Donoghue
1978   James F. Millane*
1979   Daniel E. Tierney*
1980   Paul L. Lunney
1981   George E. Griffin
1982   Philip F. Flanagan*
1983   Marc E. Joyce
1984   Thomas J. Shea*
1985   Daniel J. Reynolds*
1986   Robert J. Rohan*
1987   Raymond C. Burke
1988   David W. Griffin

1989   Joseph F. Griffin, III
1990   Ernest J. Ross, Jr.*
1991   John T. O’Neill
1992   Terence M. Bresnahan
1993   Michael O. Larkin
1994   Atty. John J. Ferriter
1995   Atty. Frederick L. Sullivan
1996   Jack O’Neill*
1997   David B. Donoghue
1998   Patricia McNiff
1999   Christine Mills Larkin
2000   Mark A. Pijar
2001   Joseph V. Gosselin, Jr.

2002 Michael F. Tierney
2003 Edward J. Cauley
2004 Fred King
2005 William E. Dinn
2006 Roger Reidy
2007 Kenneth A. Collins
2008 Stephen J. McGirr
2009 Kateri B. Walsh
2010 Marion F. Tierney
2011 Kathryn M. Dulchinos
2012 Kara Shanahan*
2013 James Leahy
2014 C. Frederick Glidden*
2015 Sheila M. Moreau
2016 Jim Wildman
2017 Kimberly Izquierdo
2018 William Quesnel

* Denotes Deceased

Daniel J. Gallivan Award

The Daniel J. Gallivan Award recipient shall be a long-standing member of this Association who, while not a resident of the City of Holyoke, has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Parade and/or our Association. (Daniel Gallivan was from South Hadley and was a longtime member of the St Patrick’s Committee.)

2019 Daniel J. Gallivan Award Winner: Joe Morrison

The 48th recipient of the Daniel J. Gallivan Award is long-time Parade Committee member Joseph Morrison.

A resident of East Longmeadow, Joe was born in Holyoke and is a graduate of Holyoke High School and the University of Massachusetts, where he received a B.A. in English and a Master’s degree in Education. He also received a Master’s degree in Special Education from Westfield State College. Joe has been a Special Education teacher for 23 years. While primarily a Middle and High School teacher, he has taught at all levels from 2nd grade through college. Joe is currently a teacher at the Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley.

Joe has been a member of the Holyoke Parade Committee since 1998. During this time, he has been a co-chair of several sub-committees including the Citizenship Dinner, the Golf Tournament, the Parade Raffle, and the “Love-In” (the Colleen Gathering). He has also been a member of numerous other committees, including the Music Committee, which he has been an active member of for the past five years. Currently, Joe is the Financial Secretary of the Parade Committee and is also in charge of assigning workers on Parade Day.

Joe and his wife Jennifer, also a member of the Parade Committee, reside with their daughter Kelsea in East Longmeadow. They have two sons: Daniel, who is a senior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, majoring in English, and Patrick, who is a freshman at Union College, in Schenectady, NY, majoring in Economics and History.

Joe feels honored to win this prestigious award and is looking forward to marching in the Parade on March 17.

1972   Patrick H. Dowd
1973   Thomas J. Shea*
1974   William J. Conway*
1975   Thomas M. Kennedy, Jr.*
1976   Phillip L. Sullivan
1977   Francis J. Rice*
1978   Henry B. Carey*
1979   Delfo Barabani*
1980   Alan F. Cathro
1981   Peter H. Lappin
1982   Mark F. O’Brien

1983   James M. Curran*
1984   John F. Johnson*
1985   William J. Egan
1986   Gerald D. Healy
1987   Brian Q. Corridan
1988   Paul G. Caron*
1989   William J. Sullivan
1990   Donald R. Delano
1991   Jack O’Neill*
1992   Rev. Francis X. Sullivan
1993   Michael P. Flynn

1994   William F. Brutnell*
1995   Daniel C. Gallagher*
1996   Kenneth A. Collins
1997   Michael M. Gordon
1998   James A. McVey
1999   Jack O’Brien*
2000   Senator Michael R. Knapik
2001   James L. O’Connor
2002   Kathryn M. Dulchinos
2003 Michael O. Larkin
2004 Kathleen M. Krisak

2005   Brian F. Moriarty
2006   Peter J. Stewart
2007   Maurice J. Granfield, Jr.*
2008   Joyce Chretien
2009   Michael T. Ahearn
2010   Jacqueline L. Reardon
2011   Rita G. Moore
2012   Suzanne Poulin
2013   Mary Jane Mathers
2014   Karen Casey
2015   Peter T. Krisak
2016   Susan Doran
2017  Timothy Patrick Burns
2018 David Griffin, Sr.

* Denotes Deceased

2019 Float Award Winners

Grand Prize

Dr. Elmer J. Harrington Memorial Award
Springfield Elks Lodge #61 “Peace & Luck”

Best Colleen Float

Daniel E. Tierney Memorial Award
Chicopee Colleen Float – “Chicopee First Responders”

Irish Theme

First Prize
William C. Lunney Memorial Award
West Springfield Colleen – “Emma’s Memorial Garden”

Second Prize
John T. Sheehan Memorial Award
Holyoke Grand Colleen – “Emma’s Cottage”

Third Prize
Shaun Ferriter Memorial Award
A.O.H. – “Irish Dancing & Culture”

Patriotic Theme

First Prize
William “Buck” Ford Memorial Award
The Veterans Dragon Boat USA

Second Prize
Henry P. Dowd Memorial Award
South Hadley — “The Inclined Plane”

Open Theme

First Prize
John E. Dowd Memorial Award
The Westfield Parade Committe, Sons of Erin Colleen Float
“Tell Me a Story”

Second Prize
John T. Sheehan Memorial Award
Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School

Third Prize
Mary Sheehan Memorial Award
Holyoke Pediatrics

Religious Theme

First Prize
John K. Bowler Memorial Award
Agawam Parade Committee Colleen Float “Faith & Knowledge”

Second Prize
Lila Courtney Memorial Award
Mater Dolorosa “School Theme”

Third Prize
Holyoke A.O.H. “A.O.H Celtic Cross”

Honorable Mention

“The Bike Show”

Springfield Parade Committee Colleen Float “Tribute to Our Lady of Hope”

The Duffy Academy of Dance “The Ceili Cottage”

2019 Music/Marching Award Winners

Most Outstanding Unit

(Kinvara Literary Society presents)
Tian Guo Marching Band, New York City

Best Marching Contingent

(in memory of Heather McMahon)
Central High School Air Force Junior ROTC

Best Brass Band

(in memory of Kara Shanahan)
Hot Tomales Brass Band

Best String Band

(presented by 2016 Grand Marshal Patti Devine)
Fralinger String Band

Best String Band Captain

(presented by Peter & Kathleen Krisak)
Aqua String Band Mummers, Philadelphia

Best Drum and Bugle Corps

(presented by Dave & Gail Griffin)
Connecticut Hurricane Drum & Bugel Corps

Best Drum and Bugle Flag Corps

(presented by Sue Poulin)
Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps

Best Pipe Band

(in memory of Patti Ahearn)
Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band

Best High School Marching Band

(William H. Burns Memorial Award)
Agawam High School

Best High School Marching Band Flag Corps

(in memory of Arthur J. Corey)
Narragansett High School

Best High School Majorette

(presented by Commonwealth Packaging)
Agawam High School

Best Band Major

(in memory of Shaun Ferriter)
Sailing Masters of 1812

Best Fife and Drum Band

(presented by Mass Surgical Supply)
Stoney Creek Fife & Drum

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