William Gallagher to be parade grand marshal

As a local business, Summer Rain has been active in the Greenwich community for more than three decades, and its co-founder William Gallagher is no exception. Now all his work has resulted in the honor of leading the annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s parade.

Mr. Gallagher has been involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations for many years including the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Youth Program, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and the Boys + Girls Club of Greenwich. He was officially installed as marshal by the Greenwich Hibernian Association on Saturday, March 1, at the organization’s annual St. Patrick’s dinner dance.

The parade will be held on Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and go down Greenwich Avenue to the delight of people who come from all over the area to see the annual event.

Mr. Gallagher was born and raised in Port Chester, N.Y., and is the son of Irish immigrants. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School in Byram and Salesian High School in New York and graduated from St. Thomas More School in Oakdale. He is a graduate of St. Anselm College where ahe received a BS degree in criminal justice.

Upon graduation, Mr. Gallagher served the town of Greenwich as a proud member of the Greenwich Police Department in the 70’s and early 80’s. He was an original member of the Greenwich Police Emerald Society Bagpipe Band. In 1981 he co-founded Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems.

For nearly 35 years, Summer Rain has been an integral part of the Greenwich business community. A mission-driven company that is committed to giving back, Summer Rain has consistently provided complimentary installation and maintenance services to area churches, nonprofit organizations, and public gardens and parks.

As co-founder of Summer Rain, Mr. Gallagher proudly serves as a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. He also was a founding director and currently serves as a director of the First Bank of Greenwich, a community focused bank serving individuals and businesses in Greenwich and surrounding communities. In his capacity as director, he participates in policy decisions and strategic direction of the organization.

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