Resolution J936-2013

Honoring Tom MacLellan upon the occasion of his designation as Deputy Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade



  • Mar 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Tom MacLellan upon the occasion of his
designation as Deputy Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's
Day Parade on March 24, 2013

WHEREAS, St. Patrick's Day is a time for people of all nationalities and
generations to assemble and celebrate the rich culture and  heritage  of
the Irish people throughout the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  A  St. Patrick's Day parade reflects and records the ongoing
history of the United States and Ireland, and provides  opportunity  for
people of all generations to assemble in ethnic pride and pageantry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor  Tom
MacLellan  upon the occasion of his designation as Deputy Marshal of the
20th Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade to  be  held  on  Sunday,
March 24, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Tom  MacLellan has been a resident of Brooklyn for 53 years;
he was baptized in Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and made his  first  holy
communion and confirmation at Our Lady of the Assumption; and
  WHEREAS, In October of 1983, Tom MacLellan married his wife, Kathleen,
at  St.  Ephrem's  Roman  Catholic Church in Dyker Heights; they are the
proud parents of three beautiful daughters, Kelly, Caitlin  and  Meghan;
  WHEREAS,  The  youngest  child  of  the  late  Bill and Marilyn O'Hara
MacLellan, Tom traces his Irish roots through his  mother  and  maternal
grandfather, Thomas Patrick O'Hara; and
  WHEREAS,  Tom MacLellan is a Veteran of the United States Navy, having
served on board the Aircraft Carrier USS John  F.  Kennedy  (CV-67);  he
credits  his experience in the Navy as the most important life lesson he
ever learned; and
  WHEREAS, Tom MacLellan is a retired employee of Verizon, formerly  New
York  Telephone,  NYNEX  and Bell Atlantic, where he began his career in
August of 1979; beginning in customer service and central  office  oper-
ations,  he  was promoted into the Business Marketing Organization where
he served as a Product Developer/Product Manager for data services which
services the top 100 accounts on Wall Street; and
  WHEREAS, While in NYNEX's Marketing Organization, Tom MacLellan became
a business consultant to Junior Achievement of New York (JANY),  a  non-
profit  organization  that  brings  the business world and the education
world together; and
  WHEREAS, Tom MacLellan taught Personal Economics to 7th and 8th  grad-
ers for three years at McKinley Junior High School in Dyker Heights; and
  WHEREAS,  He  was  awarded  the New York Junior Achievements President
Award on three separate occasions for raising a significant  amount  for
Junior Achievement; in 2009, he retired from Verizon; and
  WHEREAS,  Tom  MacLellan  is a former officer and current Board Member
and a Sir Knight of Thomas Dongan Knight of Columbus Council No. 1251 in
Bay Ridge; he has organized and chaired many  activities  including  the
Annual  Children's  Christmas Party, the Annual St. Patrick's Day Dance,
and has participated as a committee member in the Blood Drive, the  Boat
Ride  for  Exceptional  Children,  and  the  Annual John J. Maloney Golf
Outing; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Tom MacLellan has held numerous positions in his
parish of St. Ephrem's in Dyker Heights; he has volunteered  many  hours
in support of its youth in positions such as Assistant Basketball Coach,
softball coach and manager of the girls high school softball team; and
  WHEREAS,  Tom MacLellan also served as a Director of St. Ephrem's Teen
Center Executive Committee, and is a former  President  of  the  Evening

Student  Council  at  Saint  Francis College; he is an active member and
also served as president and board member of the Rockaway Point  Associ-
ation  (RPA)  in  Breezy  Point,  and  an  active member of the Rockaway
Point/Breezy Point Catholic Club; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, Tom MacLellan serves as the Treasurer for Division
12  of  the  Ancient  Order of Hibernians in Brooklyn, a position he has
held for four years; he believes volunteerism is the best way  to  share
one's talents in support of others; and
  WHEREAS,  A  fitting  choice for Deputy Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay
Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tom MacLellan embodies  the  spirit  and
the  cherished  ideals and values of Irish-Americans of this great State
and Nation: and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Tom MacLellan upon the  occasion  of  his  designation  as  Deputy
Marshal of the 20th Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Tom MacLellan.


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