Posted Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
For the second year in a row, the Trustees of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Morris County have selected John Hyland to lead the 2016 parade as Grand Marshal on Saturday, March 12 in Morristown.
John was originally selected as grand marshal for the 2015 parade in Morristown, but regretfully decided to withdraw for health reasons.
His battle with blood cancer years ago evolved into another form of bone marrow cancer and had to prepare for a bone marrow transplant, which was completed successfully on Good Friday, 2015.
The trustees unanimously voted to make him 2016 Grand Marshal of 2016 Morris St. Patrick’s Parade, understanding that his health comes first.
His late father, Patric Hyland, was one of the founding members and a past president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County.
John’s strong Irish roots, commitment to enhancing awareness of Irish culture, and his strong commitment to the Morris County community made him a most deserving choice. When informed of trustees’ selection, he said he was humbled.
“I am honored and delighted that I am able to accept this honor and fulfill the requirements this year,” said John Hyland.
With the full support of his family, friends and colleagues he is ready to lead the 2016 Parade.
A long-time supporter of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Irish community, John has been Treasurer for the parade organization for more than a decade. He was also finance chairman in 1999 and 2000 and has remained a member of Finance Committee since then.
John’s philanthropic nature has won him the Community Leadership Award for his work with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has raised over a million dollars for cancer research since he was diagnosed in 2010 with acute Leukemia.
In addition, he organized Morristown’s Light the Night fund-raising event, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, including a donor who donated more than $1.4 million to the nonprofit society.
In addition to his fundraising efforts, he also contributes his own time. John serves on the board for a number of non-profit organizations including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mayo Performing Arts Center, Invest in Others Foundation, and the Morris County School of Technology Board of Education.
In his “spare time,” Hyland is a co-founder and Managing Director of Private Advisor Group, with his office in Morristown.
John Hyland is a Morristown native, born and raised, and still lives there with his wife Kristin and three children, Kieran, Patric and Kelsey.
In being named Grand Marshal, he follows in his mother’s footsteps. His mother, Kathleen Ginty Hyland, is a former Grand Marshal who led the 1998 parade. With his parents so active in promoting Irish culture, it is no surprise that he too is so Irish oriented. He can tell stories, sing Irish songs and show an Irish sense of humor with the best of them.
Not only is he a family man, businessman, and a community volunteer, he also a competitor at heart. John is a tremendous athlete and an active triathlete. Some of his athletic accomplishments include completing multiple marathons, including the New York City Marathon, and even more challenging– 11 Ironman races including 2 World Championships in Kona Hawaii.
“The Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade Trustees are proud and honored to have such a distinguished Irishman lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down South Street in Morristown on Saturday March 12th, 2016,” said Jeff Rawding, President of the Board.
For 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade information, visit: http://www.paradeday.com/index.html