PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
Raymond J. Lynch, Jr.
Raymond Lynch Jr. was born in Newport to Raymond Lynch Sr. and Joan Murphy Lynch. He grew up in Newport’s Fifth Ward attending all the local schools and graduating from Rogers High School in 1980. Ray is one of seven siblings; Timothy, Anne, Michael, Joan, Brigid, and Mary being the others. He grew up in a very traditional large Irish Catholic American family.
After graduating from Rogers High School, Ray attended Saint Michael’s College in Vermont graduating with a BA in Business Administration. Included in his studies was a semester that he spent in Rome in 1983 through Loyola University’s study abroad program. After tinkering with various jobs over the years, Ray returned to college to follow his true passion; teaching. Ray attended Roger Williams University in 2000 studying graduate Courses in elementary education.
After finishing his studies at Roger Williams University, Ray took on a teaching position at Saint Joseph of Cluny School in Newport. He currently teaches American History and Religion at Cluny School. He enjoys working at Cluny and is quick to espouse the benefits of sending your child to Cluny for their schooling as well as the quality education they will receive. Ray works summers as part of the grounds crew for the Newport Country Club. He has worked there since 2000.
Ray followed his father and older brother Timothy joining the Dennis E. Collins Division One of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1983. Since joining the Division he has been a very active member serving as Vice President from 1993 to 1997 and as President in 1998. He was chosen Hibernian of the year in 2000. Currently he is very active with the A.O.H. Pipes & Drums. He is a lead snare drummer with the band and has been a member of the band since it’s inception in July of 2006. He was also active in the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, serving as Chairman from 1993 to 1997.
He is a communicant of Saint Augustin’s Church in Newport.
In his spare time away from school, you can find Ray either working in his yard, sailing on Narragansett Bay or, when he is lucky enough, sailing somewhere in the Caribbean! He is always quick with a joke and a warm greeting. It is fitting that he is a member of the Hibernian’s Pipe and Drums as he is certainly one of the members that maintain the heartbeat of this Irish Catholic Fraternal organization. He has helped to keep the beat of the club going and moving forward over the years.
It is our honor to recognize all of these great accomplishments of Ray. Whether family, friend, or fraternal brother, he has helped to make us proud of the Irish American Culture.
About This Year’s Button:
Our yearly button designs try to incorporate the vocation or interests of our Grand Marshal for that year. For the 2011 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade our Grand Marshal is Raymond J. "Ray" Lynch, Jr. Ray is an educator by profession who has a passion for pipe & drum music. He himself is a drummer in the Dennis E. Collins Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes & Drums Band.
The design is a drum and two drum stick forming the year "2011". The "0", which is represented by the drum, has the Ancient Order of Hibernians logo on it.
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