GRAND MARSHAL

2019 GRAND MARSHAL
Stephen Lemanski

 

Steve was born in the Bronx to an Irish American mother (O’Meara) and a Polish American father.  His Irish Grandfather, Denis, came to America in 1917, just in time to turn around and leave for WWI. Steve’s Mom made sure her eight children grew up appreciating their Irish heritage.

St Patrick’s Day was always celebrated with family and lots of singing.

Steve graduated from Manhattan College in the Bronx. Every St. Patrick’s Day he could be found marching down Fifth avenue with the Gaelic Society.

After college, he and his wife Liz Reilly always went to the NYC  St. Patrick’s Day parade.

When Steve moved to the East End, he joined the Knights of Columbus and the AOH Five Sullivan Brothers Division in Smithtown. He was Financial Secretary of this AOH Division.

With his family growing,Steve found it a bit difficult to keep up with the demands of these other commitments, family and work.

His interest in everything Irish never faded. Steve’s five children, Michael,Caitlin, Anna, Denis and Jack all grew up to the sound of Irish history, music and song.

Steve and Liz even went to Ireland for three weeks one summer with all

the kids - aged 3 to 12!!!!  Ask him about that sometime!!!!

Steve rejoined the AOH, Division 11, Hampton Bays in 2008 and has been very active ever since. He has been on the Parade Committee every year, served as Financial Secretary for

5 years, was Man of the Year in 2011 and has been President of the Hampton Bays Division for the past three years.

As a member of the Parade Committee, he has nominated and voted for Grand Marshal every year. It came as a complete surprise when, at the 2018 Man of the Year dinner (also Steve’s birthday), Fergus Scully announced Steve as Grand Marshal for 2019. Steve thought Fergus was just going to say “Happy Birthday”!

Steve is truly honored to be Grand Marshal of the 15th annual Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day parade.