Attorney John J. Driscoll named grand marshal of 69th Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

  • John J. Driscoll of Holyoke  SUBMITTED PHOTO

For the Gazette
Published: 9/19/2019 12:36:56 PM
Modified: 9/19/2019 12:36:44 PM

HOLYOKE – The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke has named local attorney and civic leader John J. Driscoll as the 2020 Grand Marshal of the 69th Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March. 

Driscoll will be the second member of his family to fulfill the role, following his late father, Dr. John Driscoll, exactly 60 years after he served as grand marshal of the 1960 parade.

“The parade is always a fixture in our lives,” Driscoll said this week. “It’s a great celebration of Irish heritage and the city of Holyoke.”

The grand marshal is the highest local honor given to a person who has “distinguished themselves as a loyal person to their career, their family, and to their Irish ancestry,” according to the committee. 

Asked how he would fill his father’s shoes as grand marshal, Driscoll replied that there was “no chance, but I’ll do the best I can.”

A life-long resident of Holyoke, Driscoll describes the parade as a “sort of family reunion” and said he became involved with the St. Patrick’s Committee at an early age along with his siblings. It started when his father, a well-known doctor who was a committee member since the 1930s, brought his kids to the annual St. Patrick’s Family Communion Breakfast. Later, Driscoll would succeed his father as chairperson of the event. 

Parade President Marc Joyce said the selection of Driscoll as the grand marshal is “outstanding news for our committee and the Holyoke community at large.” 

Driscoll has ties to local businesses and civic organizations having served on the boards and in leadership positions of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, where he was recognized as the chamber’s “Business Person of the Year” in 2008, and the Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees, where was the recipient of a “Distinguished Service Award.” He currently serves as board chairman of the Holyoke Community College Foundation. Driscoll is also a current member and former president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Holyoke and was named “Hibernian Man of the Year” in 2011. 

In addition, Driscoll has been a long-time supporter of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and has personally represented the organization at the annual Falmouth Road Race, raising over $80,000 towards the cause. He had run the race for 19 years. In 2018, he was the recipient of the “Williams G. Dwight Distinguished Service Award for Continued Community Service” by the Holyoke Rotary Club and family of William G. Dwight. 

Driscoll is a graduate of Holyoke High School, Boston College and Boston College School of Law. He is currently a partner in the law firm Resnic, Beauregard, Waite & Driscoll in Holyoke. He has been married to his wife, Eileen, for more than 40 years, and the couple has three children, Nora, John and Kathleen. 

Driscoll will be officially welcomed at the 69th Grand Marshal’s Reception on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Stephanie Joyce (stef0816@comcast.net) or Hayley Dunn (hayleyfeyredunn@gmail.com).

The 69th parade will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020. The 45th St. Patrick’s Day Road Race will be held on Saturday, March 21. More information about the events can be found online at holyokestpatricksparade.com. 

 

 


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