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
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.
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.
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.