67th West Orange
St. Patrick's Day Parade

NOTICE: Parade has been POSTPONED to
Sunday, MARCH 18th
~ Step-Off 12:15pm
Main Street & Mt. Pleasant Avenue
 
Morning Mass at 9:30am Our Lady of Lourdes, Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ
 

     
2018 Honorees

 Grand Marshal
Donald R. Shauger


Donald Shauger was born in Newark, New Jersey. Raised in West Orange by a single mother, Donald had four siblings, one of whom was terminally ill.

Despite being the youngest child, Donald was a natural born leader and visionary, who at a very young age, saw it as his prerogative to help support his family and to give back to the community that supported his family growing up. Through his hard work and dedication, in 1981, Donald and his wife Lisa, founded The Shauger Group, Inc. , a family owned and operated contracting company.

Donald has committed his leadership, persistence and desire for perfection to help the The Shauger Group grow for more than 30 years. Recognizing a need in the industry for high quality property maintenance services with a personal touch, Donald, as Executive Vice President and Lisa, As President/CED established a foundation of teamwork, top notch performance, quick response and diversified services, which has enabled The Shauger Group and its subsidiaries to thrive and to become one the largest private employers in the City of East Orange.

Donald’s professional and civic affiliations are extremely diverse. He was appointed Deputy mayor of West Orange and was Chairman of the Township of West Orange Planning Board. Donald presently services on the County of Essex Workforce Investment Board and he is a member of the University of Scranton Parents Executive council. Donald is also party of the contraction committee for the Park Avenue Club, a nonprofit dinner club, over-seeing a $5-7 million improvement project. Additional he preferably served on several other Boards, such as the West Orange Recreation Advisory Board, Team Capital Bank (West Orange Branch) Board of Directors, East Orange General Hospital Foundation and the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.

Donald is firmly committed to giving back to the community, donating money and time to countless local charities and fundraisers, including Susan G.  Komen, United Negro College Fund, East Orange Education Foundation and the Newark Housing Authority Scholarship Fund. The Shaugers contribute to numerous West Orange based charitable organizations and events including the West Orange Cow Parade, the West Orange Energy Diet, the West Orange PAL and the Cody Fund for Mental Health.

In memory of the Shaugers lifelong friend, former, West Orange Police Officer Timothy Groves, Donald and Lisa established the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship (TGMS) within the West Orange Scholarship Committee in 2014, The TGMS benefits students in financial need who, like Officer Groves, commit themselves to various charities and volunteer opportunities. The Shaugers contribute to the TGMS whenever a West Orange, NJ resident with whom the Shaugers were close passes away and they raise money annually for the scholarship through fundraiser events.

Donald and his friend, former NFL punter Steve Weatherford, have spearheaded many initiatives, including a donation of 1,000 smoke detectors to needy families; a luncheon to acknowledge emergency responders who save lives during Hurricane Sandy; Thanksgiving turnkey donations to families in need; and Project Prom, an annual project created to help students to overcome adversity. Through The Shauger Group, Donald consistently donates labor, equipment, and resources to various nonprofits, such as the Apostles’ House, and emergency shelter for homeless and at risk families. The Shaugers spend every Christmas at the Apostles House bringing present to the families and they have organized two extreme makeovers of the Apostles House since 2007.

Donald is frequently acknowledged for his contributions to the community. Donald was named 2015 Citizen of the Year by the West Orange Elks Lodge No. 1590 and in 2016 was inducted into the Colgate Park Hall of Fame on West Orange’s Old Timer’s Day, for his commitment to bettering the West Orange Community and its residents.

Donald is proud of his Irish heritage, Donald’s mother hailed from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Donald is also very devoted to his Catholic faith, and is deeply tied to both Randolph’s Resurrection Parish, the Shauger’s former parish before their recent move form Randolph, and West Oranges Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, the Shaugers current parish. As Donald and Lisa both grew up in West Orange, Our Lady of Lourdes was the local neighborhood church during their youth, and it was also later the location of the Shaugers’ 1985 wedding ceremony.

The Shaugers have donated considerably to both parishes. Year round The Shauger Group performs miscellaneous landscaping, cleaning, and repair work for the churches. Additionally, The Shauger Group donates the services of site technicians to attend to any minor maintenance concerns that arise at both of the churches. The Shaugers presented both Our lady of Lourdes and Resurrection Parish with replicas of the world-renowned painting, Neilson Carlin’s The Holy Family. Additionally, the Grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes was a gift from the Shauger and Aufiero families in 2003.

Donald and Lisa have two children, Marisa and Donald.

Donald has always been proud to call West Orange his hometown. As Donald has always said, he was not raised in West Orange, he was raised by West Orange.

 Deputy Grand Marshal
Robert Lynch

Rob was born into a large Irish Catholic family. He has six siblings; 4 sisters and 2 brothers. The family was taught to be proud of their Irish heritage by their parents and grandparents. Rob spent most of his childhood in South Jersey before moving to Glen Ridge in 1980. It was shortly after that he met Pete Fess of Fess’s Tavern (on Main Street) and started attending the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Over the years he became more involved with multiple Irish organizations and is currently a member of the AOH Division 9 in Montclair and the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Essex County Chapter in West Orange.

In 1996, Rob met Michele and were married in 1998 and move to Verona. In 2000, they were blessed with a son, Robert who is now a senior at Seton Hall Prep. Rob owns and operates the Kilkenny Ale House in Newark. There, he is an active supporter and sponsor of numerous Irish organizations and the community.

Rob wishes to thank the West Orange Parade Committee for this wonderful honor and congratulates his fellow honorees, Sean McGinley, Brad Squires and Donald Shauger.

 Deputy Grand Marshal
Sean J. McGinley


Sean J. McGinley was born the youngest of three boys, behind Gary Owen and Liam James in West Orange in 1970. His father, Liam McGinley emigrated to Newark in 1959 from County Donegal with his parents Willie and Alice McGinley and his brothers, Sean, Patrick and Kevin. His mother Margaret O’Mahony emigrated at the age of 16 from County Limerick to reunite with her brother Neil who had led the way a few years earlier.

Sean’s deep-rooted connection to West Orange spent many decades from participating in all the Community House and Recreation Department had to offer. He attended all levels of the West Orange School System graduating in 1988. It was at this point that Sean decided to follow his passion of the construction industry in the New York and New Jersey market. He successfully completed a four-year apprenticeship with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in Local Union 1342.

In 2001, Sean continued a strong family tradition, joining his father, brothers and numerous cousins and joined the Internal Union of Operating Engineers Local 68. He spent four years working in downtown Jersey City. In 2005, Sean decided to go out on his own and McGinley Building Services was incorporated.

In 2006 Sean and Carole’s life changed forever when their daughters Madison Grace and Cadence Alice were born. They are his pride and joy and he is a genuine “Swim & Cheer Dad”, always willing to participate in the girl’s activities. Together they can be found skiing, camping, acting as a set designer for school plays or when he is marching the sidelines of Madison and Cadence’s many sports activities.

Sean has been an active member of the Giblin Association for many years and was the 2013 Honoree. He currently sits on the Board of Governors. He is also a strong supporter of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh and supports their efforts and causes as they are always benevolent and giving to the less fortunate or those in need whether it’s St. Baldrick’s, Project Children, the blood drive, or any local cause. Sean was honored as the Friend of the Shillelaghs in 2015. Sean’s guidance and hands on help with the Clubs capital improvements has proven invaluable, and he is always willing to help-out when he’s called upon.

For as long as Sean can remember, in the McGinley House, the West orange St. Patrick’s Day parade was always the center of the “High Holy Holidays”. It is with great pride that Sean and his family have marched up Main Street, displaying their love of their community and their heritage. Sean is excited to follow in his uncles Sean and Kevin’s footsteps as a Deputy Grand Marshal and carry on this great tradition his daughters and help pass the torch on to the next generation.


 Deputy Grand Marshal
Brad Squires

Brad was born in Montclair, NJ to David and Barbara (nee Beirne; a lifelong resident of West Orange) Squires. He is the 9th generation of Squires in the United States, dating back to the early 1600’s. Brad’s proud Irish roots date back to his paternal grandmother, Regina Bannon of Dublin, Ireland who immigrated to New York in the early 1900’s. She married David Squires Sr., and moved to Lynbrook, NY before settling in Maplewood, NJ. David Squires Sr.’s grandmother Margaret Cassidy hailed from County Westmeath, Ireland. Brad’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Beirne and Mary Rushe, immigrated from Ireland in the late 1800s, settling in Newark and the Oranges, where they met and married. Both hailed from County Roscommon (Great Grandfather of Frenchpark and Great Grandmother of Elphin).


Brad was raised in West Orange with his older siblings Susan (O’Brien) and Drew. Growing up, the love and pride he had for his Irish heritage was paralleled by the love and pride he had for his hometown...and he took great pride in honoring both every Parade Day. One of his fondest childhood memories was growing up near the parade route, and to date, he has never missed a parade.


A graduate of West Orange High School, Brad went on to attend Rutgers University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Pursuant of his ambition for law enforcement, he was hired by the Orange Police Department in 1999, and completed the Essex County Police Academy. During his time at the Orange Police Department, he served as police officer, then assigned as Detective to the Street Crimes Narcotics Task Force, and subsequently Detective of Criminal Investigations. He proudly served as President of Orange PBA, Local #89. In 2004. he transitioned to the West Orange Police Department, and became a member of the West Orange PBA Local #25, where he now serves as Vice President. He is currently assigned to the Community Service Unit, where he proudly represents the police within the community of his hometown. He has taught D.A.R.E./L.E.A.D. throughout the West Orange elementary schools, and prides himself on building strong, positive relationships within the youth community. Throughout the years, Brad has earned several Essex County Conference PBA and departmental awards. Additionally, he was humbly honored to receive the West Orange Elks Lodge #1590 Citizen of the Year Award in 2016.


Brad is a member of the Essex County Emerald society, and has marched in previous parades as such. He is also a member of the West Orange Elks Lodge #1590, The Irish American Society of the Oranges, and has volunteered his time with the West Orange PAL. He is currently serving on the board for the West Orange Municipal Federal Credit Union as Vice Chair.

Brad married his love Denise in 2004. They reside in Long Valley with their two children; Braden (son) and Shea (daughter), whom he is very proud of. They look forward to, and take tremendous pride in marching together for the first time as a family.




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