The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick – Hunterdon County (FSSP) are proud to name Mr. Patrick (Pat) Barrett as 2017 FSSP Parade Grand Marshal and Mr. Robert (Bob) Junge as 2017 FSSP Irishman of the Year.
Both men will be recognized and honored at the 2017 4th Annual FSSP St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12th, and at the FSSP Dinner Dance at The Farmhouse at The Grand Colonial in Hampton on March 4th, 2017, along with over 200 Irishmen and Irishwomen who will gather to dine, dance and celebrate their Irish heritage. The evening also features Irish dancing to music of ‘Danny & The Boys’, as well as world class Irish step dancers and a traditional Irish-American dinner.
FSSP Chairman Mr. Bernie Gallagher paid tribute to both honorees. “Pat is a founding member and past President of the FSSP and currently he chairs our all-important FSSP Funding Committee that is responsible for dispersing over $30,000 annually to needy individuals, families and organizations in Hunterdon County. Our Irishman of the Year Bob Junge, a decorated veteran, is hugely involved in many organizations in Hunterdon County. Both Pat and Bob epitomize our core values of Community, Culture and Camaraderie and have contributed in large amount to the success of our organization to benefit the local community. We are delighted to have such worthy individuals to recognize as part of our 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrations.”
On Sunday March 12th, 2017 at 3:00 PM, the FSSP will host the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the Town of Clinton. Parade Chairmen Brian Manning and Rich Hall commented “The Parade will highlight Irish-American traditions and culture, including 5 Pipe & Drum bands, along with world class Irish dancers, musicians, singers, military veterans, canine groups and much more.”
Local businesses that are major Parade co-sponsors include Argus Technology, Frey Engineering, Unity Bank, ShopRite Wines & Spirits, CenturyLink, Cryans Tavern, Montrose Molders, The Holiday Inn Clinton, Provident Bank, Stone Hill Financial, Ricoh US and Bill Healy Designs. Additional support comes from The Office of Mr. John Lanza-Freeholder, Hunterdon Healthcare, Lawn Doctor, True & Associates, and Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Denise McFadden.
The FSSP are also hosting a Parade Afterparty at the Clinton Firehouse immediately following the Parade with music provided by The Patrick Clifford Band. Tickets for the Dinner Dance (priced $65) and the AfterParty ($25) are available from the Bill Healy Designs Showroom, Main St. Clinton.
2017 Grand Marshal Bio – Mr. Pat Barrett
The 2017 FSSP Grand Marshall Patrick (Pat) Barrett is a 20-year resident of Whitehouse Station, and is a founding member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Hunterdon County.
After serving as FSSP Treasurer, Pat became the organization’s 2nd President for the years 2010 and 2011. During these early years, Pat focused on obtaining the organization’s 501(c)3 status and refining the group’s mission in serving the community of Hunterdon County. Currently, Pat is the Chair of the Funding Committee, which is responsible for providing financial and other support to County families in need. In addition to the Friendly Sons, Pat dedicates time to the Shannon Daley Memorial Fund and the University of Georgia’s Parents Leadership Council.
Pat and his wife, Leigh-Ann, married in the fall of 1994 and settled in Bernardsville. They moved to Whitehouse Station in 1997 where they chose to raise their daughters, Tess and Colleen. In 2002, a young Tess took a dance class that would immerse the family into the world of Irish Step dancing. Irish dance has allowed the Barrett family to learn and appreciate their Irish heritage, culture and traditions, including several trips to Ireland for Irish Dance Competitions where Pat’s family have a rich Irish ancestry. Although Tess has now retired from competition, Irish dance has resulted in enduring friendships and served as common bond in the creation of the FSSP.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Pat is currently Vice President & Controller for Ricoh US. Outside of the Friendly Sons, Pat is a basketball junkie whether it is playing, coaching, or watching his Duke Blue Devils. After coaching Colleen and her teammates for 5 years, Pat and Colleen now volunteer together to coach 5th grade girls. Pat has played in the Readington Men’s League since 2008 and continues to defy, or more accurately, deny Father Time.
2017 Irishman of the Year Bio – Mr. Bob Junge
Our 2017 FSSP Irishman of the Year honoree, Mr. Robert (Bob) Junge CFP has been an active member of the FSSP since 2008 and serves on the annual Dinner-Dance Committee, the Golf Committee and is currently a Trustee of the FSSP.
Bob’s spirit of service and country began at a young age. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving in the US Army where he served as an Officer, Combat Engineer at Ft. Drum with the 76th and 41st Engineer Battalions, 10th Mountain Division in the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1980 through 1994. Bob also served with the 411th Engineer Brigade Reserve in Brooklyn NY, and had many deployments to Europe and one combat tour to the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm. He was promoted to Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Brigade Staff Officer, and during his military career was highly decorated receiving The Bronze Star Medal (for leadership during combat), The Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. Bob continues to be a proud member in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
The FSSP is just one of the many community organizations that Bob generously contributes of his time and expertise. He serves on the Board of Directors of “Volunteer Guardianship One on One” and serves as the Fundraising Chairperson. Bob is also a Commissioner on the Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers board and serves as the Treasurer. Bob is the Past-President and an active member of the North Hunterdon Rotary Club and has been recognized with the Paul Harris Fellowship award. Bob is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, past Cornerstone member and is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. He has served on the Lebanon Borough Town Council since 2012 and is the Public Safety Chairperson and Buildings & Grounds Chairperson.
Bob and his wife Mary have been happily married for 30 years. They have two adult children; Erich who attends Rutgers Medical School, and Pamela, a teacher in Trenton. They have lived in Lebanon Borough for the past 21 years. Bob’s Irish roots include his maternal grandparents who hail from Counties Cork and Clare.
A graduate of SUNY-Fredonia and Farleigh Dickinson University, Bob works as a Certified Financial Planner where he manages client assets through LPL Financial. He enjoys giving back to and being active in the Hunterdon County community especially with The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick which Bob says “Offers a great way to help others while enjoying the fellowship and brotherhood of many talented people”.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Hunterdon County is a 501(c)3 charitable organization of Irish-American heritage, intent on promoting, embracing and enjoying Irish-American culture. Founded in 2008, the FSSP raises and distributes funds to families affected by medical bills, assists children with disabilities, supports Non-Profit Organizations that benefit people in need through volunteerism and other activities, while positively promoting Irish-American culture. In the past 8 years, the group has raised and distributed more than $175,000 across Hunterdon Co. The FSSP always welcome new members and hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Clinton Elks, 211 Sidney Rd Pittstown NJ 08867 at 8PM. For more information and to reach out to the FSSP for assistance, or if you know an individual or family in need, please email FSSPHunterdon@gmail.com