NUTLEY, NJ - Luck of the Irish strikes again. For a second year snow did not stop the Nutley Irish American Association from holding their parade on Saturday, March 2. The snow stopped a few hours before the parade and Nutley Department of Public Works cleared the streets down to the black top in time for the parade. The green stripe in the middle of the road was clearly visible, for the participants to walk along.

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated early as the 41st annual parade kicked off at Holy Family Church on Brookline Avenue. Not one snowflake fell as the dignitaries and bag pipers marched down Franklin Avenue, one by one, group by group.

Bagpipers included The Essex County Emerald Society Police & Fire Pipe Band, Columcille School of Piping & Drumming, Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold, Rory O’Moore School of Pipes and Drums, South Park & District Pipes & Drums, Passaic County Police and Fire Pipes & Drums, Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, Jersey City Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, St. Brendan the navigator Pipes and Drums and Essex Shillelagh Pipes and Drums.

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Parade dignitaries are Grand Marshal Ed Saegars, Deputy Grand Marshal Noreen E. Haveron, Member of the Year Allen Magill, Parade Queen Kellie Cole and Fire Fighter of the Year Rich Cavanagh.

 

Grand Marshal

Ed Saegers was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. His Irish descent comes from his paternal grandmother, who hails from County Offaly.

After high school graduation, Saegers served in the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged in 1968. He moved to New York in mid-1969, then Belleville in 1983. He and his wife Karen reside in West Caldwell and have two children Ed Jr. and Courtney and four grandchildren.

He served on the Chamber of Commerce for several years and was part of Belleville Township's 150th birthday celebration in 1989. Saegers served on the Financial Council of St Peter’s Parish, their school board and sports association and the church’s choir.

Saegers was president of the Lions Club of Belleville and trustee to the Lions District Charitable Foundation. He is currently a member of the Cedar Grove Lions Club. He is past grand knight and a still active member of Belleville Knights of Columbus Council 835, he is currently a service officer for American Legion Post 105, a life member of Catholic War Veterans and an active member of Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 16.

He was a sales manager at both Crown Chevrolet in Belleville and Book Buick in Nutley and a host at JK's Boathouse.

In 2012, Saegers was honored as Man of the Year by the Belleville Irish American Association and in 2015 received the Community Service Award by the Kevin G. Kennedy Civic Association.

He is also associated with the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee where he has been a delegate, trustee and sergeant at arms.

 

Deputy Grand Marshal

Noreen E. Haveron, of Nutley, was raised in Nutley by her parents Owen and Noreen K. Haveron.

Her late father Owen influenced the family on community service, faith, tradition and most importantly family. 

Haveron graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School and Paul VI Regional High School in Clifton.  She attended Seton Hall University where she received a bachelor’s of science degree in social work and received a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in healthcare from Kean University.

She has worked in the long term care industry as an administrator for 30 years, and currently serves as the executive director and president of the board of directors of the Job Haines Home in Bloomfield, for the last 15 years.

She is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish and volunteers on the Lay Leadership, finance and the Oktoberfest committees. Additionally, she is on the advisory board of the Cope Center in Montclair and previously was on the board of directors for JFK Hospital.

At an early age, the Irish traditions were instilled in her family from both sets of grandparents.  She has many memories of large family gatherings, music, Irish dancing in the kitchen and time spent in the Irish Catskills. Her maternal grandfather, Owen Lavan, hails from County Mayo, Ireland and her great-grandparents Nora and John Philbin are from Kilnock, Brickens, County Mayo.  Her paternal grandparents, Patrick and Margaret Haveron, are from County Roscommon. 

 

Member of the Year

Allen Magill was born and raised in Jersey City and Bayonne by his late parents Jean and Arthur Magill.

Magill resides in Nutley with his wife Shari and their three daughters Lindsay Kaitlyn, Samantha Rose and Jaclyn Ruth.

He is employed by The Copy Shop Inc., an authorized Toshiba copier dealer in Nutley for over 30 years as part of the service department and then sales.

Magill volunteers at many of the NIAA events and fundraisers.  He participates in Relay for Life. He has also has been the NIAA Post Parade chair for over five years.

 

Parade Queen

Kellie Cole was born in Belleville to Walter and Lisa Cole and moved to Nutley at age nine.

She graduated from Nutley High School in 2012, where she was the corresponding secretary of her class and a member of the crew team. She received her bachelors of business administration degree in fashion merchandising and management from Berkeley College.  She is currently a customer experience associate for David Donahue in Secaucus.

Cole’s ancestors hail from County Cavan, Ireland.  Her maternal great-great-grandmother, Bridget, was first to arrive in America and settled in Orange after meeting Michael Kiernan. Kiernan followed het to America and they moved to Newark, and had nine children. 

Her uncle Rick Sussko was the NIAA’s 2007 Member of the Year, her cousin Kaitlyn Sussko was the 2008 parade queen, and her uncle John Kelly was the 2013 grand marshal.

Cole likes to volunteer her time, as well as donate to various food banks and toy drives. Cole said one of the most humbling experiences was volunteering at St John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark where she was able to help prepare and package food. 

 

Fire Fighter of the Year

Rich Cavanagh was born in the Bronx, New York to Edward and Catherine Cavanagh. In 1968, the family moved to Nutley. He attended St. Mary’s School, Franklin Middle School (now John H. Walker Middle School) and graduated from Nutley High School in 1982. He later attended Montclair State University.

He and his wife Kelly live in West Caldwell with their son John Joseph.

Cavanagh’s father, Edward, was a member of the Nutley Irish American Association for many years and participated in numerous parades. Both of his sisters were parade queens, Victoria in 1991 and Catherine in 1994.

Cavanagh’s Irish heritage goes back to his paternal grandparents. His grandmother, Sabina Keely, was born in County Clare, Ireland. She immigrated to America in 1915. His grandfather, John Joseph Cavanagh was born in Tipperary, Ireland.

In 1996, Cavanagh joined the Belleville Fire Department. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006, captain in 2011 and battalion chief in 2012.

He has been a member of the Essex County Emerald Society for over 20 years and in 2012 he was nominated Firefighter of the Year. In 2014, Cavanagh was given the First Responders Award by the Irish Echo of New York City. In 2018, he received the State Silver Medal of Valor from the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association. In 2018, he was nominated for the Department of Defense Patriot Award. Cavanagh has served as vice president of the Belleville Fire Officers Association, Local 229 from 2006 to 2010 and president from 2010 until present. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 16.

 

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