Background: I was born and raised in South Amboy, son of Ann and Fred Henry, and brother to Carol, Bill, and Lynn. I have been married to Linda for 16 years and am the father of Kristen (who is married to Daniel), Erin, and Fred III, and step-father to Tom and Mike MacKay. I am a life-long parishioner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in South Amboy where I serve as an usher.
Education: I graduated from St. Mary's High School, South Amboy in 1968; Middlesex County College in 1970; and Trenton State College in 1973 with a teaching degree in English and social studies. I took additional courses at Rutgers in the area of redevelopment.
Work: After college I worked for the Raritan River Railroad on track maintenance for 1 ½ years. I began my teaching career in 1974 at St. Mary's Elementary School. In 1981 I was hired by the South Amboy Board of Education where I taught until my retirement in 2015. I was primarily a Social Studies and English teacher. I served as the Dean of Students for the last 9 years of my tenure at the South Amboy Middle/High School.
Sports: I have been very much involved in sports over the years. After playing varsity baseball in college for 4 years, I began my coaching career as varsity baseball coach at St. Mary's High School. At various times I coached varsity baseball, softball, cross country, and was assistant coach for girls basketball at Hoffman/South Amboy High School. I was appointed as Athletic Director and stayed in that position for 14 years. I was named Coach of the Year in three different sports: baseball, softball, and cross country. I continue to play competitive softball with friends and enjoy golfing with my wife.
City Government: I was appointed to the city council in 1992 as councilman-at-large and was elected and reelected 5 times. I served as both Council President and Vice-President during that time. I also serve on the South Amboy Redevelopment Agency and Planning Board. In 2010 I was elected as Mayor of South Amboy and reelected in 2014 and to this day I have participated in city government for 24 years. I was elected as Chairman of the South Amboy Democratic Party in 2016.
Miscellaneous: In 1991 I was named to the Mayor's Educational Advisory Committee and in 1992 to the ad hoc committee to study the over-crowding in the South Amboy school district. I helped to devise the revolutionary concept of a community school and aided in passing the referendum to build the new school building and library. In 2009 I became a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, In 2011 I initiated the first meeting to revitalize the now very successful Historical Society of South Amboy. In 2016 I was named Grand Marshal of the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Deputy Grand Marshal - Jan C. Williams
Jan Williams was born in Miami, FL in December of 1946. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic school and graduated from Hialeah High School in 1964. While attending college at Miami-Dade Community College, he joined the U.S .Army Reserve. After active duty, returned to graduate college and was hired by Eastern Air Lines in 1968 flying Boeing 727’s at the age of 21.
While living in Ft Lauderdale, Captain Jan Williams became a life member of the Plantation Volunteer Fire Department during his 13 years of service. He also served as a board member of the Broward Steering Committee (County 4-H). During this time he became President of the Plantation Acres Saddle Club. In 2002 Captain Jan Williams moved to the Sayreville / South Amboy area with his wife Donna. After meeting at Eastern Air Lines, they were married in 1997. Donna is from Rahway, NJ, where she was born and raised.
In 2006, thirty nine years after joining Eastern, Capt. Williams retired from Continental Air Lines. Because he missed flying, Jan joined Berkshire Hathaway, for three more years to fly corporate jets for the rich and famous. Today, Capt. Williams fly’s up and down Bordentown Avenue in his Classic 1957 Chevy Convertible. After entering his classic car in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2012, he decided to join the parade committee and has been a member ever since. Falling in love with South Amboy, Capt. Williams joined the Historical Society to learn more about our city. His favorite activity is his membership in The Knights of Columbus. Capt. Williams is a member of Sacred Heart Church and is a Fourth Degree Knight. His fun hobby is classic cars and belonging to “Just Us Cruisers” car club here in South Amboy.
Honorary Grand Marshal - Patrick Walsh
Born in New York, New York, Patrick Walsh has now been a resident of Middlesex County for close to 6 decades and embodies the values of his Irish heritage in every aspect of his daily life. He is a second generation Irishman, born the eldest of six children. Patrick began his own family when he married his wife Kathy Judd Walsh 41 years ago. His own clan of four children John, Patrick, Erin and Thomas has grown substantially with the addition of eight grandsons Connor, Ryan, Patrick, Thomas, Jason, Daniel, Grady and Shane.
Patrick is a third generation Longshoremen having been a member of the New York Shipping Association/International Longshoremen Association Local 1804-1 for 42 years where he currently serves as V.P. Executive Director of Contract Administration and is a trustee for the Port of New York/New Jersey District Council. He recently was part of a recruitment committee that achieved its goal of hiring military veterans into at least fifty one percent of Longshoremen jobs.
In addition to his duties with the I.L.A., Mr. Walsh serves as Chairman for the Board of Adjustments, Borough of Sayreville and is a trustee of The 200 Club of Middlesex County, as well as former Chairman of the Borough of Sayreville Environmental Commission.
Patrick has been a constant presence in the local sports community. His volunteer work for youth sports is extensive and notable.
Highlights of this include:
Coaching all levels of Little League Baseball in South Amboy
Coaching Pop Warner Football (Leprechauns-8 years)
Former President and Board Member of South Amboy Little League
Volunteer Football Coach- Sayreville War Memorial High School 1989-2002
Asst. Football Coach at Woodbridge and Metuchen High Schools
Coached American Legion Baseball for South Amboy and Sayreville
Founder and Coach of AAABA Bayshore Kings Baseball (All N.J. College players)