No. Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick's Day Parade

2019 Grand Marshal


William “Bill” Dowling was born in Saint Francis Xavier Parish in the Morris Park section of the Bronx, the son of Edward and Mary (Finegan). Bill’s brother, Reverend Edward T. Dowling S.J., is a member of the Jesuit community of Fordham University.

Bill grew up in the Throggs Neck / Silver Beach section of the Bronx and was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and the Marist Brothers. He enjoyed playing all sports, especially football and coached local football and basketball teams.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Rush, in 1964 and they are the proud parents of four children: Katie, John, Christine and Billy. They have lived in Lake Carmel since 1971, where Bill coached Little League baseball and Flag Football for Kent Recreation. Bill has been a member of Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Union for 55 years.

Endowed with a natural love and respect for his Irish heritage, Bill was an active member of the Emerald Association of Putnam County and the West-Put Gaels, where he was selected Gael of the Year for 1995. He also served on the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for several years.

Bill was a member of the Holy Name Society at Saint Francis de Chantal Parish in Throggs Neck and served as an usher in Our Lady of the Lake Church in Carmel. He has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus 6318 since 1975, where he served as Inside Guard, Outside Guard, Lector and Sergeant-at-Arms; he also served on the Board of Directors for many years. He has devoted many years to the Schmidt-Tangredi Squires, our local chapter of the Knights of Columbus youth group, involving boys 13 to 17 years of age.

Bill has been proud to march in the Northern Westchester-Putnam Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for many years, first pushing his young children in a stroller, and in later years, carrying his young grandson in his arms. He now proudly marches with all seven of his grandchildren.

Northern Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
960 Route 6, Suite 230
Mahopac, New York 10541


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