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"Jinx" Powers Award

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Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly was born in Granite Maryland near Baltimore but grew up in Suffield. Patrick has been off and on again a townie, most recently coming back to West Springfield to live (again) about 2 years ago.  Patrick’s family consists of his son Patrick R. Kelly grandson Patrick Ryan Kelly and his ex-wife Cathy Kelly Enko.

Patrick’s grandparents emigrated to West Springfield in 1873 from Youghal Ireland, just outside of Cork.  Some interesting facts about the Kelly family-Patrick’s grandparents used to own land on Dike Ave near the Big E, and in 1915-16 when the Big E started, the Kelly family donated a parcel to the Big E (near gate 9).

Patrick went to Suffield HS, being a star athlete, especially in baseball, basketball, and soccer. Patrick served in the Air National Guard and has been in sales for Texas Refinery most of his career (Over 58 Years). he has also skied all over Utah, California, NE, Whistler, and Austria. He was also a past lector at Immaculate Conception Church in West Springfield and now at Sacred Heart Church.

Patrick has been a member of the K of C for many years, along with an over 20-year active member of the West Springfield St. Patrick’s Committee. He has been a great help in getting donations to help support the committee and has done many different jobs throughout the years down at the float too. Whatever was needed, Patrick jumped in to help!

Patrick is a great people person and feels that his mother made this impression on him. He loves people and has the great gift of gab and loves to dance. He is also very well known as dancing down the streets of the parade over the years- Wait until this year!!

Past "Jinx" Power Awards

  • 2002 - Martha McNamara *

  • 2003 - Charlene Joseph

  • 2004 - Mary Jane “M.J.” Landry *

  • 2005 - Winnie Hopkins 

  • 2006 - Lexie Detz 

  • 2007 - Connie Kennedy *

  • 2008 - Jim Sheridan  

  • 2009 - Mark Drugan

  • 2010 - Maureen Young

  • 2011 - Nancy McLean *

  • 2012 - Dan Patten *

  • 2013 - Ann Morrison

  • 2014 - William Joseph

  • 2015 - Justin Foley

  • 2016 - Robert “Bob” McNamara

  • 2017 - Maureen Brady Sheridan

  • 2018 - Greg Spear

  • 2019 - Joan Patten*

  • 2020 - Chris Thompson

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