Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2015 General Chairman
Anthony J. Brennan
Tony Brennan has been a member of the Union County St.
Patrick’s Day Parade since 1999. He has
served as Second Vice Chairman and First Vice Chairman. But Tony is best known as the “Voice” of the
Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, having served as the Parade’s lead
television announcer since just about its inception. He has a passion about promoting the Parade
wherever he goes all throughout the year.
the son of the late Anthony J. Brennan and Florence Brennan. He has a brother, Paul, and two nephews; Paul
Jr. and Jeffrey, and a niece, Alyssa.
Tony has two godsons; Mark Thomas Squitieri and Jack Kulesza. He hails from a family proud of its long
tradition of police work and public service to the residents of New Jersey,
with a combined 250+ years in 4 generations.
The memory of his late cousin, New Jersey State Trooper Thomas Hanratty,
has been kept alive each year at the Parade by active participation from the
has worked for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of
Consumer Affairs, as an investigator for over 28 years. He also has worked in local cable television
for over 21 years, having spent the last 7 as a part of the staff of Union TV
34. In that capacity, he has done
numerous stories which have aired on the weekly community news magazine show,
“Spotlight on Union.” Tony also hosts
the telecast of the Township of Union’s Annual Soapbox Derby. He has been the emcee of the Annual Mayor’s
Day Program in the Township.
Additionally, Tony is the host of “Vintage Views,” the Union County
cable television program devoted to senior issues.
a proud parishioner of St. Genevieve’s Church in Elizabeth, where he serves as
an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He is
a long-time member of the Kean University Alumni Association, where he served
as Kean’s Alumni President from mid-2001 through mid-2005. Tony is also a member of the Friendly Sons of
St. Patrick, Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council 253, Union Elks Lodge 1583
and the Irish American Society of Union, which honored him and 2014 Parade
General Chair Kathy Noonan, in 2013.
loves his summers cruising on the waters of Barnegat Bay in his boat and
spending time at his marina in Brick, NJ, where he is affectionately called
“The Mayor of Baywood Marina.” He also
enjoys spending time on Long Beach Island with his best friend, Donna
long standing “Voice” of the Parade is excited about the 19th Annual
Parade and also is honored to have been unanimously elected General Chairman by
the Parade Committee. “To be able to
continue a wonderful tradition which began with our first General Chairman,
Assemblyman Joe Cryan in 1997 and continues in 2015 is one of the greatest
honors of my life. Working with all of
the members of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, we will do our
best to put on another fantastic parade that everyone will not only thoroughly
enjoy, but also be proud of!”
The 2014 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
is dedicated to all POW's and MIA's
Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2014 Grand Marshal
Robert E. (Bobby) Jeans, Sr.
Robert E. Jeans, Sr. was born
in Brooklyn, New York on October 28, 1949 to the late William and Emma Jeans. He
traces his Irish Ancestry on his mother’s side (McTague) and his father’s side
(Jeans, Connelly) to County Cork. Bobby has four brothers, William, Richard,
George, and John, and three sisters Jo-Ann Perry, Karen Mesler and Mary
Clements. Bobby Jeans, as he is known to all, graduated from Brearley High
School in Kenilworth in 1968.
After graduating from high
school, Bobby served in the United States Army from 1968-1974. He served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. Bobby
was honored with numerous awards and citations as a Sergeant in the 23 Infantry
Division (Americal), 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 31st
Regiment. He received the Purple Heart, 2 Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge,
Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Ribbon,
Presidential Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with
Palm, NJ Vietnam Service Medal, and the NJ Distinguished Service Medal.
Upon leaving the Army, Bobby
joined the Kenilworth Police Department, where he served from 1972-2000. He had a distinguished career in his service
with Kenilworth’s Finest. While on the
department, he served as PBA Local 135 President from 1978-1988. Bobby is a
Silver Life Card Recipient, and retired from the force as a Lieutenant in the
Patrol Division. He was also owner of R. Jeans Landscaping from 1976-1983.
Bobby married Lenore J.
Morrison in 1972 at St. Theresa’s Church in Kenilworth, where they are still
active members of the parish community.
Bobby and Lenore have a son, Robert, Jr., who is married to Kristen.
Their grandchildren by son Robert are granddaughters McKenna and Emerson and
grandson Declan. They also have a daughter Stacie who teaches 4th
grade in the Kenilworth School District.
Bobby was an active member of
the Kenilworth community, elected to serve two terms on the Union County Board
of Education, and elected to serve one term on Kenilworth Board of Education.
He began the Kenilworth Wrestling Program in 1970 and continued coaching until
1982. He is also a Charter Member of the
Union County Junior Wrestling League.
Bobby was very instrumental in the Save Our School Campaign to reopen
David Brearley High School as Kenilworth’s own high school after the closing of
the school. He was recently named to the
David Brearley Hall of Fame in October 2013.
His devotion to the Veterans
is remarkable. He has been a member of VFW Post 2230 since 1970. He served as
District 5 Commander from 03-04, 08-09, 09-10, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14. He is a Life Member of the American Legion
Kenilworth Post 470, a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Westfield
Bobby is a 3rd
degree member of the Knights of Columbus Kenilworth Council 4168 since 1971. He
is a member of the Emerald Society of Union County and the Nugent
Association. He was honored by the
Nugent Association with the Nugent’s Finest-Jack
O’Connor Award in 2012.