The 66th West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 12, 2017 ~ Step-Off 12:15
Main Street & Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Morning Mass at 9:00am Our Lady of the Lake, Pleasant Valley Way, Verona, NJ

2017 Honorees
Grand Marshal
 Kevin Kinney

Kevin was born in Newark, NJ to Charles and Margaret (nee Burns).  He is 3rd in line and has four brothers; Charles, Michael, James and Joseph. He also has a younger sister, Susan. Kevin enjoyed a great childhood in East Orange where he attended Holy Name Grammar School before graduating to Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair.

Kevin can trace his American family tree back to Simon Kinney, Born in 1740 in NJ.  Determining his Irish Ancestral roots has proven more difficult since it goes back at least 4 generations on both sides of the family.  The Kinney clan prospered as farmers on the banks of the Delaware river until the late 1800’s when Kevin’s paternal great grandfather Jabie Kinney was the first to venture east, moving to Orange to work for Public Service. It was there he met and married Ellen Sheerin whose parents were born in Ireland.  Kevin’s paternal grandmother’s Mom, Margaret Keating was also the first of her family here in the states, arriving about 1875 from County Cork, Ireland. On Kevin’s Mom’s side, the Smith, Burns, McBride and Delaney families all started arriving from Ireland in the mid 1800’s. 

Kevin’s love of all things Irish comes mainly from his father, “Charlie” who was very proud of his Irish heritage and boy did he love a parade.  Charlie marched regularly and was a Parade official for the Newark St Patrick’s Day Parade. He later marched with the Gatsby’s Association in the West Orange Parade.  Charlie’s love for parades passed on to Kevin who has marched in the West Orange Parade with various groups including the Montclair Rugby Club and the Eddie Mal Association.  But Kevin’s proudest moment was leading the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh as President on what would have been Charlie’s 80th Birthday, March 10, 2013.  It was a spectacular day and Charlie was definitely there watching!

Kevin’s professional career began at Prudential Insurance where he eventually met his beautiful wife, Claire (nee Mahoney) in 1988.  Of course, she played hard to get but he persisted anyway.  They married in 1992 and moved to West Caldwell were they are raising their two sons, Jack and Sean.  Kevin eventually changed careers and became a Realtor in 1996 with Rhodes, Van Note & Co in Montclair and is still selling real estate with them under new Halstead Property ownership. Kevin has been very active in real estate, achieving numerous sales awards and honors along the way. He has also given back to his profession, having served as a Director, Vice President and then President for the West Essex Board of Realtors.

Kevin has always been very active in his community, He was a baseball and basketball coach for years in the town’s youth recreation leagues and a CYO basketball coach with St. Aloysius in Caldwell.

In 2006, Kevin became affiliated with the St Baldrick’s Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancers.  Feeling blessed and just looking to help others, he signed on as a "shavee".  The first shave was a very moving experience and he knew right away, he had to do more.  All his ideas for a charity fundraiser came together when he decided to join the Shillelagh Club.  Kevin felt the Club would be the perfect venue for future St Baldrick’s events…the membership agreed and the rest is history.  It’s been a great relationship that has benefited both the Shillelaghs and St Baldrick’s.  Over the past 10 years, this event has become one of the biggest in the nation, raising more than $750,000 for childhood cancer research. 

St Baldrick’s has also helped cement the Shillelagh Club as one of the premier charitable groups in the state. In addition to St Baldrick’s, The Shillelagh Club has hosted scores of fundraisers that benefit many including Project Children, Avon Breast Cancer, Zimm’s Fund, Hurricane Sandy Relief, Save Immaculate Conception, Michael T. McCormick Foundation and more. He has served as Club Financial Secretary, Vice President and President, serving a 2 year term from 2011-2013.  He currently serves on the Executive Board as a trustee. Kevin is also a member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Division 9.

Deputy Grand Marshal
Gwen C. Glazier

Gwen was born in Orange, NJ to Anna (nee Beirne) and Harry Glazier and is a life-long resident of Orange and West Orange. Gwen attended and graduated from Our Lady of the Valley Grade & High School and Caldwell University graduating with a BS, Business Administration. She was employed by Prudential/Aetna for 40 years with her last position held as Director, National Accounts providing group sales and service to Prudential/Aetna’s largest national clients. Following retirement, she has held various part-time positions to include consulting for Towers Watson, Parsippany NJ and as an assistant at St. Joseph’s Church After School Program. She maintains a current Life & Health Producer License for the States of NJ (resident license) and NY and Ohio (non-resident). Gwen is currently employed part-time by MetLife and Prudential as a Benefit Counselor. She is a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church, West Orange and a volunteer at the Trinity Soup Kitchen.

Her 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 (Grandfather of Frenchpark and Grandmother of Elphin). They had five (5) children, some of which remained in the Oranges to include the late Thomas J. Beirne (Anna), West Orange; Martin Beirne (Anna), Sarasota, FL; Mary Beirne O’Boyle (James), West Orange; Catherine Beirne, Orange and Anna Beirne Glazier (Harry), West Orange. Her mother Anna Beirne Glazier, first generation Irish, continued to keep the Irish spirit alive for her family passing it along to the next generation.

Gwen’s siblings include Harry Glazier, Franklin NJ; Elaine (Ken)Hubert, Roseland NJ; and Ann Wehmeyer, West Caldwell NJ. She proudly boasts of 29 nieces and nephews (of which 14 are great nieces and nephews and 3 grand nieces), with few exceptions residing outside NJ.

Gwen is an active member of the Women of Irish Heritage and has held the position of Financial Secretary for three (3) consecutive years in addition to chairing several WOIH Annual Events. She is a member of the Cryan, Giblin and McGovern Associations. A Committee Member of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade and 100th Anniversary Rising to include the Irish Mass & Celebration at St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral in Newark and the April 23rd, 2016 Military Park Event. She continues to be supportive of the Nugent Association, Elizabeth NJ, Friends of Brian Boru, Newark NJ and the Irish American Cultural Institute, Morristown, NJ.

Travels to Ireland included the 1992 Cryan-Giblin Reunion group and 2004 Caldwell International Study group, co-authoring a recap article for the Caldwell University newspaper. She has supported and marched in a record number of St. Patrick Day Parades over the years to include Newark, Nutley and West Orange, recently as a personal aide to the 2016 Newark Deputy Grand Marshal.

Although all things Irish, a non-irish family tidbit is her Great-Great Uncle, William E. Glazier, relocated to West Orange from Philadelphia in 1878 to take charge of the Stetson Mfg. Company. In 1883 it was incorporated as the “No Name Hat Factory” of which he was a partner. He was subsequently elected to the West Orange Town Council (consecutive terms). To this day, his name appears with other Town Council Members (1903) on a plaque above the Timothy Groves Police Sub-Station Building on Washington Street. Gwen is proud to be a part of the West Orange Parade 2017 and to march with her fellow honorees, family, friends, and the Women of Irish Heritage.

Deputy Grand Marshal 
Marian Reilly Cardace 

Marian Reilly Cardace was born in Montclair NJ in 1956 to Kathleen (O’Connell) and Frank Butler Reilly. She is very proud of her Irish heritage, which traces back to the Butler family. Her paternal grandmother, Anna (Hannah) Veronica Butler, was born in Cork City, Ireland and her paternal grandfather, John Thomas Reilly’s family settled in County Cavan. Marian’s maternal grandfather, Daniel Xavier O’Connell, had family that settled in Cahersiveen County Kerry and her maternal grandmother, Sarah Ann Shields, had family that settled in County Tyrone.

Marian was raised in West Orange the youngest of seven siblings, Kathy, Frank, Dan, Eileen, Bob and Richard. Marian attended Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, West Orange Mountain High School and Katharine Gibbs School in Montclair.

In April 1986 Marian married Tom Cardace. They reside in Roseland and have two children Caitlin Reilly Cardace and Michael Thomas Cardace. For the last 25 years Marian has worked as an executive administration assistant at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Barnabas Health which is now known as RWJ Barnabas Health. During her career at the largest health care system in New Jersey Marian has assisted with and volunteered for many of the organizations mission based partnership activities including the 2015 New Jersey Special Olympics Summer Games, American Heart Association heart walks, Miracle Walk to benefit the Saint Barnabas NICU just to name a few. Prior to that Marian worked for the United States Attorney’s Office as well as Wolff & Samson.

Marian is a member of the Irish American Society of the Oranges and presently holds the office of Recording Secretary. She has assisted in coordinating the fundraising events for the organization whose goals are to foster Irish heritage and promote citizenship within our local communities. The Parade has been a big part of Marian’s life since she was a little girl. She vividly remembers a time when the Parade ended at the A&P on Main Street, boarding a bus immediately after to attend the Newark Parade. Marian's brother Richard Reilly passed away last year but not before becoming a citizen of the Republic of Ireland and Marian is considering honoring her Irish heritage by applying for Irish citizenship as well.

Marian is very humbled and proud to represent her Irish heritage and the Irish American Society of the Orange’s by being one of this year’s Deputy Grand Marshals in the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

Deputy Grand Marshal
Robert R. Hoehn 

Robert Raymond Hoehn was born in West Orange in 1949, and has seventeen years of Catholic education, attending St. John’s grammar school (9 years), Our Lady of the Valley High School (4 years), and the University of Notre Dame (4 years).  His parents are Elizabeth Anne Duncan from St. Gregory’s Parish (Detroit) and Raymond Charles Hoehn from St. Mary’s Parish (High and William Streets, Newark).  Robert’s Irish heritage is on his mother’s side, traceable back to “Maryland Catholic League” families from ca. 1785. 

Robert has an MA in English literature from City College CUNY, and was ABD at the University of Maryland.  He taught English Comp and English Lit at the University of Maryland, University of Delaware, St. Peter’s College and Seton Hall University.  He also worked at Essex Sign Co., Inc. in Orange/West Orange, part time from ca. 1963-1982, full time after ca. 1983, vice president after ca. 1984, and president from ca. 1990-2012.   Robert was a member of the RFK Democratic Club and the Dillon Association.  He served on the West Orange Zoning Board and the West Orange Historical Commission.  He is a former coach for West Orange recreation department traveling baseball teams, as well as a coach (baseball/basketball) and trustee (basketball) for the Mountain Top League.  Robert also served as a lector/commentator and CCD instructor at Our Lady of the Valley.

Robert is married to Kathleen Ann Dyer, the daughter of Elizabeth McLaughlin and Jack Dyer, an Orange police officer and founder of Valley Die Cutting Co.  Kathy’s parents were both baptized and married, and buried out of, Our Lady of the Valley.   Kathy herself has sixteen years of Catholic education (Our Lady of the Valley grammar and high schools, Tombrock College, Caldwell College).  She is a primary school teacher and has taught at St. John’s (Orange), Blessed Sacrament (Roseland), Holy Family (Hillcrest Heights, Maryland), Our Lady of Lourdes (West Orange) and Heywood Avenue School (Orange).

Robert and Kathy have four children: (1) Sarah Anne (Mt. St. Dominic Academy, Villanova University, Seton Hall Law), married to Charles Downing Ryan of Fayetteville, New York, with daughters Caitlin, Maggie and Nora; (2) Matthew Dyer (Seton Hall Prep, College of NJ, masters in Economics at NYU), married to Caitlin O’Keefe Smith of Bethel, Connecticut, with daughter Anna Jane; (3) Elizabeth Katherine Tekakwitha (Mt. St. Dominic Academy, University of Notre Dame, masters at Seton Hall University), affianced to Patrick Bernard McDermott of South Orange; and (4) Daniel Patrick Aidan (Seton Hall Prep, Fordham University), married to Christina Marie Pascucci of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

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