Meet BBP grand marshal, Walter Ramsey
BLUE POINT—The Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 11, and at the helm will be Blue Point resident Walter Ramsey as grand marshal.
Parade chairperson Lenore Ringer Prezioso said it was time for Ramsey to be named grand marshal after having served as the parade’s only master of ceremonies for the last 27 years. “If you’re Irish, that’s great—that’s what Walter is,” Ringer Prezioso said in regards to who is chosen to be grand marshal. “But, it’s what you do for the community that really matters.”
Ramsey hails from Brooklyn. He was born in Kings County Hospital and graduated from Manual Training High School, which was later renamed John Jay High School. Ramsey then enrolled at Oswego State Teachers College in upstate New York two years later. “For the next four years, I tried to stay warm,” he said.
After graduation, Ramsey began his teaching career at Floral Park Memorial High School. He then moved on to Levittown’s Division Avenue High School and North Babylon High School, where he spent the next 15 years.
During this time, Ramsey married and moved to Holbrook. His daughters, Allyson and Jennifer, were born first. His sons, Kieran and William, came next, and were then followed by his daughter, Andrea.
Ramsey spent the last 10 years of his teaching career at Center Moriches High School. “Since then, I have spent much of my time tutoring the sciences and have worked with a number of Bayport-Blue Point students,” he said.
His children are scattered across the country and even in Rome, Italy. “Not Rome, N.Y.,” he said. “I have a wonderful time visiting with them and my seven fantastic grandchildren.”
Ramsey is a member of Our Lady of the Snow parish in Blue Point and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7 in East Islip. “I consider myself very fortunate to have found myself living in a community that I dreamed about those many years ago when growing up in Brooklyn,” he said. “The beautiful homes, and the local stores and shops where people remember your name; the Little League ball field, and the Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. But, most of all, it is the people. The people who care about their community and are constantly striving to make it an even better place to live.”
Ramsey also noted that he’s very happy to serve as a volunteer with the Great South Bay Coalition, which he described as “doing such a wonderful job in working to combat substance abuse in our community.”
The 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade starts this Sunday at 11 a.m. at the corner of Snedecor Avenue and Montauk Highway in Bayport and ends at Blue Point Avenue in Blue Point.
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