Dan Reilly was born in Woodbridge NJ to Jacqueline (nee Gougeon) and Robert Reilly. He has three siblings, Marie, Eugene and Jaclyn. Through Dan’s father he traces his Irish heritage to County Cavan and County Meath. Through his mother’s mother, Katie Moran, he traces his heritage to County Mayo. Dan’s father passed at the young age of 29 due to a motor vehicle accident. Dan was educated in the Woodbridge school system, attending and graduating from Woodbridge High School. While in high school Dan played football, wrestling, track, and was a member of the choir. After graduating from Woodbridge High School he received a full ride scholarship to play football at Missouri Valley College where he not only played football but also was involved in track and chorus as well. After college he spent a brief time with the New York Jets and then went on to play for the Jersey Oaks. Presently Dan is a self-employed contractor, owning Masterpiece Construction Services LLC and specializing in roofing, siding and windows.
Dan moved to the Jersey Shore approximately 23 years ago to Bradley Beach and then settled in Manasquan where he lives with his wife of almost six years, Eileen. He has two children; Joseph who lives in Florida, and Alexandra (Ally), Clifton, New Jersey. He also has two step-daughters, Jennifer and Jacqueline. Dan is also known as Pop Pop to his six grandchildren Shayden, Mikey, Piara, Colten, Joey and Orion. They know that their Pop Pop is their best friend and can count of him for anything from smiles to boat rides.
While in college Dan became involved in raising funds for Special Olympics, an organization that is very dear to his heart. For the past 22 years Dan has been participating in the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics and for the last 12 years has organized a Shillelagh bus trip to the Seaside Special Olympics Plunge which has become a well known and sought after trip. For the past 12 years Dan has also been organizing a bus trip to Newark Airport to participate in the Plane Pull, another fundraiser for Special Olympics. Dan organized benefits for Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers football player who was paralyzed due to an injury, Superstorm Sandy, Tornado relief in Moore Ok, Rebuilding Warriors, and Shillelagh members and families etc. He has also been involved in a number of projects for disabled veterans by donating his time and building expertise through the Heart 9/11 Program and In the line of Duty. Two years ago Dan was honored to be named Chairman of the New Jersey Irish Festival at Monmouth Park.
Dan is very proud of his Irish heritage. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Division 32, being named Irishman of the year in 2014. Also in 2014, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Manasquan Veteran’s of Foreign Wars. Dan has been a proud member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh for the past 21 years, and was named Irishman of the year in 2016. Dan does not hesitate to tell people he meets about the wonderful organization he is a part of and how proud he is of all the good work the Shillelaghs do for the Jersey Shore.
Dan is known as the man that will give you the shirt off his back. He is often called to assist friends in need and responds with a smile. One of his favorite sayings is, “I do what I say and I say what I do”, and for everyone that knows him, “if you can’t laugh, you can’t live.”
Dan is honored and humbled to be named the Grand Marshal of the Belmar/Lake Como Saint Patrick’s Day parade of 2018 and will proudly march with family and friends, with much Irish pride.
Deputy Grand Marshal:
Patricia Crimmins Jenkins, was born in Jersey City and grew up in Union Township, NJ.
Her grandmother, Bridia Burke, immigrated to the United States from County Cork and first set foot in the U.S. on Ellis Island. Her grandfather, Michael Crimmins, was born in the UK, then lived in Ireland for a time before he immigrated to the U.S. with his first stop also on Ellis Island.
Pat was born in Jersey City and grew up in Union Township, NJ. She attended St. Michael’s Parish School in Union and Bayley Ellard High School, in Madison. She is the oldest child of Dorothy and Thomas Crimmins.
Pat graduated from St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing in Newark. She served as a registered nurse at Overlook Hospital, Summit, N.J., Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., (with many stories about winter’s in Rochester) and Toms River Community Hospital. Pat also worked as a nurse in a local pediatrician’s office and substituted as a school nurse.
Pat proudly marched in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Newark with her student nurse classmates and other nurses from St. Michael’s Hospital.
Married in St. Michael’s Church in Union, Pat and her husband Robert Jenkins (Bob) moved to the Jersey Shore in October 1965 and she has been busy serving the community ever since.
Pat and Bob moved to Wall Township in 1967 after his discharge from the Navy. There they raised four children, Mary Beth, Bobby, Melanie and Jennifer and became active in the community. They are now the proud grandparents of Bridia, Grady, Kaela, Rebecca, Aidan, Kellen, Will and Ben.
The Jenkins family has the distinction of attending the very first Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade on a cold March day in 1974 and have been attending or marching in and supporting the parade ever since.
Pat served as den mother for her son Bob’s cub scout troop and was an enthusiastic supporter of all her children’s and grandchildren’s activities from scouts to sports to band concerts. She was always willing to drive kids home from practice and/or games (and is still driving her grandchildren!), cut orange slices and was even the transport for several St. Rose Grammar School girls’ basketball team members to the Pocono Invitational Basketball camp.
Pat is a past president and former member of the St. Rose Grammar School Parent Teacher Association. Over the years Pat served on numerous St. Rose Church committees and chaired many events. She has been a long-serving Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at St. Rose Church, Belmar. She has also been a Minister of Holy Communion at Care One Nursing Home, Wall.
Pat is a member of the Women of Irish Heritage. She, along with her husband, Bob, have been long-time supporters of the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Parade committee.
Pat enjoyed visiting the land of her family’s Irish heritage with Bob during two trips to Ireland, the first time with lifelong friends, Jimmy and Eleanor Creedon, and the second trip with her daughter, Marybeth, her husband, Charles Drawbaugh, and Pat’s grandchildren, Bridia, Kaela and Kellen.
Pat will be forever grateful that she was able to be a match and a stem cell donor in July 2011 for her sister, Maureen. Maureen is now almost seven years cancer-free.