Communities around Long Island have chosen people dedicated to community service to lead their 2013 St. Patrick's Day parades.
Hampton Bays St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Sister Kathryn Schlueter, right, received a proclamation from Town of Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst. (March 23, 2013)
Grand marshal Steve Flotteron with his daughters Madison, 15, left, and Morgan, 13, at the 45th Brentwood St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 23, 2013)
Farmingdale Fire Department Commissioner Skip Schumeyer, the parade's co-grand marshal, welcomes guests to the Farmingdale St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2013)
Glen Cove parade Grand Marshal Daniel J. Lane, right, is joined by Grand Marshal Aide Lisa Forgione, left. Lane is being honored after a lifetime of work as an Irish activist. (March 17, 2013)
Montauk schools Superintendent Jack Perna serves as grand marshal of the 51st annual Montauk St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2013)
Grand Marshal Michael Rau at the 18th Patchogue St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2013)
Parade Grand Marshal Suffolk County Legislator John M. Kennedy, Jr. led the 23rd annual Ronkonkoma St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 10, 2013)
Grand Marshals, Carol Scott, left and Joan Tyrer march in the 9th Annual Cutchogue St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Cutchogue Fire Department. (March 9, 2013)
The title of grand marshal for the 2013 Bayport-Blue Point St. Patrick's Day Parade was given posthumously to Doug Monsell, who died from liver disease in May 2012. He was 47. Monsell graduated from Bayport-Blue Point High School in 1983 and later became a business teacher there. He established a partnership in which students shadowed local business owners, and he coached the junior varsity boys golf team and the boys and girls varsity golf teams. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Monsell was passionate about the St. Patrick's Day parade. In this photo from before his death, he is pictured with his wife, Lauren, and their daughters Jenna and Karli.
Thomas Donohue, a lifelong resident of St. James, was chosen as grand marshal for the community's 29th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Donohue, chairman of the St. James 9/11 Memorial, joined the St. James Fire Department while in junior high school and over the years has been elected lieutenant of the Fire Rescue Company and served as captain for two years. On 9/11, Donohue was working for the engineering division at Kennedy Airport and raced into lower Manhattan to help with the rescue effort. He is pictured with his wife, Theresa; they have two children.
Thomas R. Hennessy, of Bethpage, is grand marshal of the 22nd annual Bethpage St. Patrick's Day Parade. Hennessy is retired from the New York State Courts and received numerous law enforcement awards throughout his career. A deacon, Hennessy also serves as chaplain for the NYS court officers and the St. Martin of Tours faith community. For more than 25 years, Hennessy has led the NYS Courts Pipes and Drums Band and the Court Officer contingent in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. He and his wife, Rocio, have four children.
Farmingdale Fire Department Commissioner Skip Schumeyer and Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand were chosen as co-grand marshals of the first Farmingdale St. Patrick's Day Parade. Chuck Gosline, co-chair of the Farmingdale Master Plan Implementation Committee, which organized the parade, said Ekstrand was chosen because he is an advocate for creating a more lively downtown, and Schumeyer was chosen to represent the Farmingdale Fire Department, which has a long and vibrant history in the community. (Feb. 26, 2013)
Charles "Buster" Toner, 74, a lifelong Kings Park resident, has been named grand marshal of the 2013 Kings Park St. Patrick's Day parade. For years, Toner ran his own masonry business until he started working for the Smithtown Parks Department as a foreman. He retired as director in 1990. A Nesconset park bears his name. A cancer survivor, Toner spends his retirement volunteering at the Stony Brook Cancer Center. He married in 1955 and raised four children in Kings Park.
Patrick Sexton, a 40-year resident of Floral Park, was chosen as the 2013 grand marshal of the Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade. Sexton, who emigrated from Ireland to New York in 1959, has been a member of the society since 1977 as well as the County Clare Association, where he served on the board of directors and was vice president. Sexton and his wife, Mary Ann, have four children and 11 grandchildren.
Andrew W. Lawrence will lead the 2013 Huntington St. Patrick's Day Parade. Lawrence, a Vietnam War veteran and graduate of St. John's University Law School, is special assistant district attorney for Suffolk County as well as village prosecutor for the Village of Huntington Bay. He has been on the board of directors of organizations including Huntington Hospital and Huntington Chamber of Commerce. Lawrence's wife, Pam, a Huntington native, is a retired teacher. They have three children. He is pictured with two of his grandchildren.
Walter Colleran and Ed Mooney will lead the 63rd annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick's Day Parade. Colleran, of Shoreham, is involved in the SWR Little League, the Wildcat Athletic Club and the Shoreham-Wading River Chamber of Commerce. Colleran and his wife, Joanne, have three children and six grandchildren. Mooney, of Miller Place, volunteers his time as a coach for the Long Island Sharks Football teams. Mooney and his wife, Cathie, have six children and eleven grandchildren.
Tom Otis, of Quogue, will be grand marshal of the 47th annual Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day parade. He has volunteered with Maureen's Haven shelter for the homeless and the Quogue Fire Department as a 35-year member, fundraiser and organizer of events. Otis, longtime owner of Otis Ford in Quogue, is past president of Westhampton Rotary and co-chaired the annual Rotary golf outing that raised more than half a million dollars for the community. He served on the Quogue School Board for 16 years.
Eugene Hearl, 61, will be grand marshal in the 2013 ‘John Reilly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade’ in East Islip. Hearl, who lives in Bohemia with his wife, Donna, was an accomplished Central Islip High School athlete who received a football scholarship to Southwest College in Kansas. Hearl has been a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for 25 years. After many years bartending at the organization’s pub, he became vice president and then president in 1996. Currently, he is a corporation president.
John C. Cochrane, Sr., grand marshal of the 2013 Bay Shore-Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade, is a 1947 graduate of Bay Shore High School who was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2002. He is a retired Captain of the U.S. Naval Reserve and served in the New York State Assembly for 21 years, helping to win grants to redevelop Main Street in Bay Shore and clean up the Great South Bay. Cochrane is associated with the Bay Shore Yacht Club, Bay Shore Lions Club and the Bay Shore-Brightwaters United Fund, among other organizations.
Thomas Glynn, a lifelong resident of Rockville Centre, is grand marshal of the 17th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Glynn, who owns Thomas A. Glynn & Son Funeral Home, is a eucharistic minister and lector at St. Agnes Cathedral. He is involved in organizations such as the Rockville Centre Fire Department, the Knights of Columbus and the Rockville Centre Lions Club. He is a former trustee for the Village of Rockville Centre and a former Nassau County Legislator. Glynn and his wife, Eileen, have five children and seven grandchildren.