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louis-lee-carr-400wLouis (Lee) Carr named 2017 Grand Marshal

The Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, celebrating our fifth (5th) successful year, selected Lee Carr to lead our Parade. 

Lee Carr is deeply rooted in his Irish Heritage.  His maternal grandparents, Mary and Denis Gallagher were born and raised in Sligo, Roscommon, Ireland. They settled in NJ in the early 1900’s. Lee’s mother, Helen Imelda Gallagher was born in 1910 in Passaic, NJ, she was one of 9 children.

Helen married Louis Carr, Sr. in 1933. Louis was born to James Carr and Margaret Quaid in Auburn, NY in 1905. Lee has three lovely sisters, Margaret (Peggy), Denise (Denny) and Ellen.

Lee graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in 1961. He was awarded the 2002 "Acta Non Verba Award" which is the highest honor presented by the Department of Athletics and one of only 9 recipients in history.  He has sailed around the world in the Maritime Industry for various companies, while serving in the United States Navy Reserve.

Lee married Barbara Ann Lass from Interlaken in 1967.  They moved to Little Silver, NJ in 1971 where they raised two children, Tamara (45) of New York City, and David (42), who resides in Rumson with his wife and four (4) children.

Lee is the recipient of the 2016 St. Rose High School Alumni Loyalty Award, which is presented to those graduates who have distinguished themselves through loyal commitment to St. Rose, by their generosity, and by their efforts on behalf of alumni and students.

Lee was employed in the financial industry on Wall St. for over 40 years.  He retired in 2001 just after 9-11. Lee and Barbara are generous contributors to charitable organizations such as the Parker Family Health Center, Meridian Riverview, Jupiter Medical Center, Family and Children’s Association, among others. Lee also served as the Scholarship Committee Chairman at the Spring Lake Golf Club. 

The Rumson Parade Committee is proud to have Lee Carr lead the 5th Annual Rumson Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 12, 2017. 

Grand Marshal at 2016 Rumson St Patrick's Day ParadeThe 2016 Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade

Grand Marshal

Jack C. Howley

The parade's leadership is proud to welcome this year's Grand Marshal, Jack C. Howley.

Jack is president of Howley Financial Group, LLC and a founding board member and supporter of the Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade committee. He resides in Rumson, New Jersey with his wife, Iwona, and three daughters, Alexandria, Brielle and Courtney. Over the past several decades, Jack Howley has created a highly successful business career as well as an unwavering commitment to philanthropy and community outreach. For many years, the Howley family hosted an annual front lawn Christmas party and toy drive, complete with Santa, fire trucks, bonfires, live music and sleigh rides which was enjoyed by the residents of the surrounding communities, as well as the recipients of the hundreds of toys collected each year. Jack coached travel and recreation softball and basketball, and organized the inaugural Rumson Opening Day baseball/softball parade. He served as a board member and supporter of the Rumson-Fair Haven Run for 12 years, and was also a founding member and the president of the RFH Courtside Club. He served on the board of trustees of the Randy Foye Foundation, the Monmouth County Girl Scouts, as well as the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. Jack is a supporter of many other non-profit organizations in the community and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Charles Edison Fund and the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Jack was recently awarded with the most prestigious award, "The Founders Medal" by his alma mater, Bergen Catholic High School, at their annual gala for his longtime support of the school which included providing scholarships to students who are academically qualified but financially disadvantaged. Locally, Jack serves as a mentor to many local students by providing career counseling, helping to place them in summer internships, and assist them in gaining full time employment upon college graduation.

A recognized leader in the financial services industry, Jack began his professional career in 1983 with The Guardian Life Insurance Company. His hall of fame career has resulted in him being the all-time leading advisor in The Guardian's 155 year history. He has helped secure over $1 billion of security for thousands of businesses and individuals, and has been featured in various publications nationwide. Jack has also been a featured speaker domestically and internationally. Since 1987, Jack's firm, Howley Financial Group, has specialized in wealth creation, insurance, retirement and estate planning. His devotion to the industry has enabled him to develop over 3,000 clients during his career.

Jack is passionate about his Irish heritage. He is an avid runner and long-time fan of Notre Dame Football. Upon the request of his beloved friend and parade founder, Mike Larkin, Jack joined the Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade board. He is dedicated to the various non-profit causes and charitable events hosted by the parade committee. Jack is honored to be named as the 2016 Parade Grand Marshal as he carries on the legacy of his esteemed friends and former Grand Marshals, Tim McLoone (2013), Brig. Gen. Peter Dawkins (2014) and Philip D. Murphy (2015). His continued commitment to the community and celebration of Irish heritage will remain strong for many years to come.

phil-murphyThe 2015 Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade 

Grand Marshal

Philip Murphy

generalThe 2014 Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade 

Grand Marshal

Brigadier Gen. Pete Dawkins

timThe 2013 Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade 

Grand Marshal

Tim Mcloone