Attending the Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade the last 10 years, Tim Mooney said the event has experienced various weather conditions. As this year’s grand marshal, Mooney …
Attending the Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade the last 10 years, Tim Mooney said the event has experienced various weather conditions. As this year’s grand marshal, Mooney asks those planning to attend the parade to pray for good weather.
“We have had everything from rain, to snow, to 60-degree weather,” he said. “I just want one of the good ones.”
Mooney graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1972 and has accrued several forms of community involvement, including active membership in the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore as well as gaining ownership of Fire Island Ferries.
Being founded in 1948, Mooney said his father, Edwin, began work as a deckhand, and purchased the company 22 years later.
After working in the computer industry for 27 years, Mooney later joined his father at Fire Island Ferries and was appointed vice president in 2003 in charge of the Fire Island terminal and the company’s land-based assets. He became the president and owner in 2008.
He also has served in different capacities within the Bay Shore Lions Club for the last 10 years, including a two-year stint as president in 2015 and 2016. He credits his initial membership of the Bay Shore Lions Club — the first chapter established in Suffolk County — to Islip Town councilman John Cochrane, who was honored as grand marshal of this parade in 2013.
Currently consisting of almost 75 members, the Lions Club conducts numerous fundraisers and supports five food kitchens.
Mooney also recognized the effort put forth by the parade committee and his coordination with the group. He said he was informed by the committee in December that he was selected.
“Most of the members of the committee have been there for a while, so they have this down to the science,” said Mooney, adding that there is an ongoing discussion regarding his attire for the parade, which at the very least has come to the conclusion of a tuxedo. “As the grand marshal, I just have to get dressed and go down the street.
“I’m just very honored. The names who had been previous grand marshals have been great,” he added.
Mooney said he is expecting much of his family to attend the parade, too, including his four children and two grandchildren. He encourages the whole community to come out and celebrate in parade-fashion on Saturday, March 14.
Also, be sure to catch the grand marshal at Captain Bill’s Bayview House for an installation cocktail party, which will kick off the St. Patrick’s Day season. n