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The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Inc. has chosen Roger J. Reidy, Jr. as the 68th Grand Marshal for the 2019 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade.  This is the highest local honor given to a person of Irish ancestry and either a resident of the city of Holyoke or a member of the Parade Committee. Roger has been a faithful advocate for the Parade and the St. Patrick’s Committee, along with many charitable organizations within Holyoke.

The Reception will be held at the Log Cabin on January 11, 2019 from 6 – 10:00pm. Tickets are $50.00. For tickets, please contact Barbara Rogers 413-374-3482 or RSVP by January 2, 2019.

Roger was born in 1962 to Roger and Jeanne (Villamaire) Reidy. He grew up in the Bemis Heights area of Holyoke. He is the proud product of Holyoke Public Schools. At an early age, Roger knew he wanted to pursue a career in the family’s oil business. He graduated summa cum laude with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Denver Automotive and Diesel College. Roger began his own business, Reidy Heating & Cooling Inc., after his father retired. His father’s wisdom on how to put customers first and run a business has served him well.

The faith that was instilled in him from his early years continues to inspire him in his work as a Eucharistic Minister and Chair of the Finance Counsel at Holyoke’s Blessed Sacrament Church. He has wonderful memories celebrating his faith with Ashley as part of the Diocesan Youth Council at various conferences around the country and world. In his community, Roger is a former Commissioner of the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department and frequent contributor to a number of charitable events, especially youth sports.

Roger’s membership on the Parade Committee has been a large part of his adult life. Roger has given countless hours serving in a multitude of leadership positions including Chief of Staff, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of many other committees. Roger believes that above all else, family, faith, and hard-work are values that can never be short-changed. That when fighting for something you truly believe in, enough is never enough, it’s “whatever it takes”. This is a true reflection of the traditions that hold us together as Irish-Americans.

Roger proudly served as Parade President in 2003 and was the O’Connell Award Recipient in 2006. Shortly after returning to Holyoke, Roger met his wife, Margaret (O’Hare) Reidy. They have been married for 31 years and are blessed with two children: Ashley, 30 is a Physician Assistant and was the 2008 Grand Colleen and Miss Congeniality. R. John, III is working towards his MS in Industrial and Organization Psychology at Springfield College. Above all, Roger is grateful this tradition lives on, and that the Parade holds us together as Irish-Americans and Holyokers.

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