This year the Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Committee is honored to have chosen Sean M. Lovely Sr. as the Grand Marshal of the 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade.
Sean Lovely resides in Auburn with his lovely wife Kristen (Bartolomei) and their four children: Molly (17), Sean (15), Emma (12), and Stella (7).
Born and raised in the Webster Square area of Worcester, Sean attended both St. Peter’s Parish and Our Lady of the Angels Parish. A graduate of South High School, he served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1989-1993 and is a highly decorated veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Sean served in combat both as a rifleman and M-60 Machine Gunner. He received numerous awards including the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars, and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia).
After distinguishing service to his country, Sean Lovely obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Webster New England College. He became a Worcester Police Officer in 1994. Officer Lovely’s assignment these past three years has been with the department’s Neighborhood Response Team, a complimentary fit for Sean’s concern for helping others.
Sean’s civic minded activities included the following: Member of the 82nd Airborne Association and the Worcester Police Department Honor Guard, Charter member and past first president of the Greater Worcester Police Emerald Society, board member for both Oak Hill CDC and Central Ma. Korean War Memorial.
A bagpiper for the Police Pipes & Drums of Worcester, Officer Lovely plays at veteran related ceremonies, including Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Sean was the organizer for the 2017 Veteran’s Day Parade in the City of Worcester.
Officer Lovely’s efforts over the years have garnered him these awards: 2018 Distinguished Catholic Layperson Award, 2018 Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County Award of Merit, 2016 Worcester Public Schools Thomas Jefferson Award, 2014 City of Worcester Eleanor Riik Service Excellence Award, 2014 Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Award, 2013 Worcester Veterans Council Veteran of the Year Award, 2004 Worcester Regional Research Bureau Thomas S. Green Public Service Award, Charles Rosenbusch Memorial Community Service Award presented by the Vietnam Veterans for the Community. These honors are a fitting tribute to a man who sees that 1000 U.S. flags are placed on veteran’s graves for Memorial Day.
There are many memorials to WW1 veterans throughout Worcester’s intersections, and Sean organizes a tribute to them on their 100th anniversary. His more recent honor was for U.S. Private F. Brosnihan who was killed in battle at Meuse-Argonne, France in WW1. That memorial stands at the intersection of Harding St. and Millbury St.
After many years of collecting and documenting data for the 237 granite veteran memorials throughout the city, Officer Lovely worked tirelessly to create a free website titled “City of Worcester Veteran Squares Project”. It can be found at WWW.WORCUS.ORG.
Sean’s expansive heart extends beyond his commitments to his fellow veterans. Through his volunteer service at St. Francis Xavier Center and Soup Kitchen at St. John’s Parish, he has forged strong relationships in helping the homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill people, as well as families struggling financially. Many have benefitted from Officer Lovely’s kindness. To quote his supportive wife Kristen, “Sean doesn’t judge people for their hardships or setbacks. He feels a need to help others and looks for ways to positively impact their lives”. He is a devoted husband and father who has taught his children the importance of helping others and honoring our service men and women.
Sean’s love for all children shines through. This October 31st he organized his 4th annual “Union HILL-O-WEEN” event at 191 Providence St. His great team of volunteers provided candy, face painting and activities for over three thousand happy children. He is truly a humble man with a heart of gold and a wonderful example to everyone.
Officer Sean Lovely continuously strives to make a difference in his community and in the lives of individuals. His varied, tireless efforts and energetic determination have succeeded in making the City of Worcester a better place in which to live. Our Committee is pleased to honor Officer Lovely as our 2019 Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal.
Think you’re the Best Crowd at the Parade? Maybe we’ll think so too!
‘Crowds’ will be judged on four criteria:
- Parade Spirit
- Best Use of the color Green
- Promoting the family atmosphere of the parade
Pre-registration by March 1, using this form or via our website, is highly recommended. Pre-registered ‘Crowds’ are asked to identify where they will be located on the parade route to assist judges. Additionally, pre-registered participants may submit information about what makes them the ‘Best Crowd.’
Prizes will be awarded in two different categories:
- Best Crowd – Business
- Best Crowd – Non-Business
Winners will receive an outdoor banner displaying “Best Crowd 2018 – Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade” and a trophy to be presented at the Parade’s annual Awards Breakfast in the fall. Winners will also receive two complimentary tickets to the Awards Breakfast.
Questions? Email BestCrowd@gmail.com or call 508-847-7100
To enter, send Group or Business Name, Contact Person Name, Contact Telephone/Email, Location on Parade Route
by email to BestCrowd@stpatsparade.com
OR mail your entry to Worc. County St. Patrick’s Parade, Best Crowd Contest, P.O. Box 20708, Worcester, MA 01602
Congratulations to Bill Riley, Grand Marshal of the 2018 Parade! Bill manages the St. John’s Food for the Poor Program at St John’s Catholic Church. It’s an honor to have Bill lead the 2018 Parade down Park Ave.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Please bring a canned food item for donation.
St. Spyridon’s Cathedral
102 Russell Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Come join us for the Annual Awards Breakfast!
Saturday, November 18 – 2017
Hibernian Cultural Centre
19 Temple Street, Worcester
Music by Mike Ladd
2018 Award Winners:
Cathy Donahue Good Neighbor Award – Mayor Joseph Petty
Agnes Sheehan Community Award – William White
Judy Wilkinson Award – John Hinson
Virginia Boulay Award – Theresa Trainor
For questions or to purchase tickets by check/cash, call 774-696-6368
Thanks to AmeriPride for their sponsorship of this event!
Catch a Bravehearts game and support the Parade!
July 22, 2017
Gates open at 5:00 pm
Game starts at 7:05 pm
Tickets: $15 for a box seat and replica game-day hat (adult and youth sizes available) – an $18 value.
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Be a part of Worcester County’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
The Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Committee is looking for new members to join our organization and help produce the parade.
Friday, June 2 – 7:30 PM-9:30 PM – Fiddler’s Green Pub
Worcester was voted the 5th best city for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the U.S. – we need your help to hit # 1! There are many ways to participate.
In addition to parade day volunteers, we need people to help with year-round community and family-oriented events and fundraising, such as:
- Golf Tournment
- Annual Irish Breakfast
- Grand Marshal Banquet
- Political Breakfast and Roast
- Operations Planning
Fiddler’s Green Pub
19 Temple Street
Worcester, MA 01604
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Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher
Award-winning, traditional Celtic and Canadian folk music direct from Prince Edward Island
To benefit the Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Committee
May 20, 8 PM
Knights of Columbus
44 Circuit Ave N
Worcester, MA 01603
Tickets can be purchased online (includes $1 service charge)
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