2019 Burlington County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall
John Devenney is a proud, second-generation, Irish-American. John is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Colonel Kelly Division), and Sons and Daughters of Erin, where he served as its President from 1991-92, and was honored as their Man of the Year in 2010. In addition, in 2000, John co-founded the Lia Fail Pipe Band, which performed in the first Burlington County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and has returned to perform each year thereafter.
John, a native of Toms River, NJ, moved from Toms River n 1970. After graduating from Allentown High School ('74) and Brookdale Community College, John attended Trenton State College. He married Kathleen (Timko) in 1980 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hightstown, and the couple has three children, John (Linda), Carolyn and Robert (Kryssa), and three beautiful granddaughters, Stella, Mollie and Lillian.
John has worked at Jersey Central Power and Light for 40 years. He began his career as a meter reader, and worked his way up through the ranks to its Chief Lineman. John is also proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1289, serving in many roles, including Shop Steward and Delegate to Council.
John’s paternal grandmother and grandfather hailed from Castlebar, County Mayo and Rannafast, County Donegal. In 2010, the Lia Fail Pipe Band made its first trip to Donegal to participate in the Mary From Dungloe International Festival, a renowned annual Irish music festival. While there, the band also performed for the legendary Leo Brennan at Leo's Tavern in Meenaleck, County Donegal. Lia Fail performed in the 2013 New York St. Patrick's Day Parade, then hopped a flight to Ireland, to perform the next day in the Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade! While there, the band also won the Best Musical Performance Award at the International Band Competition in Limerick City.
John is honored to join the thousands of sons and daughters of Ireland who now call Burlington County home to celebrate and share our rich Irish culture and heritage.