County Aide to the Grand Marshal in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
The second son of Edward and Patricia O’Malley, James was born and raised
in the Marble Hill section of the Bronx with an older brother Edward, sister Joan and younger brother Kevin. He attended
St. John’s Grammar School and could not have had a better place to grow up. The family was very fortunate having a meal
and a roof over their heads thanks to hardworking and loving parents. Second generation grandparents came from county
Mayo and Meath. Having been lucky to have visited over the years and seeing how glorious the country is James has a tremendous
respect for all the Irish who emigrated to America.
He attended Manhattan
Prep school playing basketball and football while also running track. He then attended Manhattan College at the same campus
and could not have had a better education with the Christian Brothers. After school he followed in his father’s
footsteps and began a lifetime business career working as an International Banking Officer where one of the most important
events happened. In 1977 he met the love of his life Jayne at work and has been happily married for the last 40 years.
Starting out in Woodside, Queens a few years later they made the move to the Town of Wallkill in Orange County. For many years
he commuted into Manhattan at various banks before returning to their country home in the Hudson Valley. Jim worked
locally at Chase Bank culminating as a Private Banker and Broker before retiring. Their love of travel has led to multiple
yearly trips throughout the States and overseas. Having been graced with wonderful nieces, nephews and grandnephews and accompanied
by their dogs Ringo and Huck has rewarded them with wonderful memories at family get togethers. Having more free time
has allowed Jim to volunteer at a nearby pet shelter and the local hospital where Jayne works as a nurse. He also supervises
at Army West Point sporting and cultural events as well as a proctoring and acting as a patient at Touro Medical College.
Hobbies include the drums, a music DJ when needed, reading, hiking in the Hudson Valley and swimming at the local YMCA.
Another important moment occurred when AOH Brother Ron Heppes came into
the bank where he worked some 15 years ago. Jim quickly joined AOH Division #4 in Middletown and has enjoyed the privilege
of being a member. Since joining e the AOH James has helped at many of their functions and has held various officer positions.
He is currently the Treasurer of both AOH Division 4 in Middletown, NY and the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Committee
and in 2019 was an Aide to the Grand Marshal at the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade. Many thanks to everyone involved
for the privilege and opportunity to be an Aide to our Grand Marshal for NYC 2020. Jim is truly humbled and proud to have
been chosen by his AOH brothers for this honor and incredibly excited for the opportunity. It reminds James of the very first
time he marched behind the AOH banner with his fellow brothers and subsequent years being a small part of the best and most
prestigious parade in the world.