Deputy Grand Marshal, Jackie Cavanagh became involved in several organizations upon moving to Belmar fifty-seven years ago with her husband Eugene. One of those organizations was The Jerry Lynch Social and Athletic Club. It was suggested that the Jerry Lynch Social and Athletic Club form a St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Dave Stanley called a meeting and that’s how it started 40 years ago.
It was at that meeting that Anne Aker and Jackie Cavanagh volunteered to work on the Parade Committee, those meetings and planning sessions were held in Jackie’s dining room. That was the beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Belmar.
It was a job to get everyone enthusiastic about the parade, but with the help of the local bars, fire companies and first aide squads, we were on the way. We had a few bands, the Fort Monmouth Band, several pipe bands and lots of Fire Departments. Eventually we had Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Irish Setters and a 4H Horse Club. In general people did not think the Parade would be successful and here, 40 Years later, the Parade is better than anyone of us imagined, sitting around my dining room table! Gene and I are very proud that “Chip” Cavanagh, our son and coordinator is still carrying on the parade.
We live in Citrus Hills, Florida now but we are very proud and happy to be back in Belmar. I am honored to have been chosen Deputy Grand Marshal of the 2013 Belmar Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
I will be marching with my husband Gene, Our seven children: Katherine Marr, Eugene J. Cavanagh, Jr., Margaret Needham, Eileen MacConchie, Patricia Blaney and Shannon Blackman. Our grandchildren: John Marr, Mary Marr, Kevin Cavanagh, Meghann Cavanagh, Liam Cavanagh, Anthony DeLisa, Nicholas DeLisa, Jennifer MacConchie, Jessica MacConchie, Devon Blaney, Tim Blaney, Kyra Blackman as well as our great grandchildren, Cecelia Cavanagh, Waylon Cavanagh, Joseph Figueroa and Julianna Figueroa.