Grand Marshall Philip R. Nannery Jr.
Philip (Phil) is one of four Irish Catholic children born in Rockaway Beach, New York, to Josephine Woods Nannery and Philip R. Nannery. Three of Phil’s grandparents were born in the Irish counties of Mayo, Galway, and Tyrone, while his great-grandfather, Laurence Nannery, immigrated from Longford, Ireland during the Great Famine (an Gorta Mór). Phil attended Holy Name of Mary School, Don Bosco HS, and Manhattan College where he graduated with an electrical engineering degree. He later received his MBA from VCU. Phil is an IT contractor for DHS where he has served the mission of protecting America for 15 years.
Phil is the proud father of four children: Philip III, Mary Cait, Sean and Aidan Patrick. Philip III served for six years in the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is studying for his Masters in English at University College Cork (UCC) Ireland. Mary Cait is pursuing her PhD at VCU. Sean is a graduate of Radford University, and plans to marry his lovely fiancée, Andrea Belloli, in November 2017. Aidan, born on St. Patrick’s Day, travelled the world for a gap year and is enrolled at NOVA. Phil was active in coaching soccer at MASA for ten years, and was assistant Scout Master at Troop 884, where Philip III got his Eagle and Sean his Life Scout badge.
Phil is an 18-year member of the George Brent Council, Knight of Columbus in Manassas, a member of SAL American Legion Post 10, and has been a member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians for over 25 years. Phil is a Past President of the Father Kelley Division in Manassas. At Manhattan College, Phil learned to play the bagpipes and was President of the Gaelic Society for two years. After college, he moved to Richmond, joined the AOH Dooley Division, and helped with their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. After moving to Manassas, Phil was instrumental in working with his fellow Knights and AOH brothers to establish the Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Phil is a charter member of Inisfail, Inc., the holding corporation for the Greater Manassas Parade, and currently serves as Parade Chairman. He is looking for people to join the Parade Team to help “Keep the Tradition Alive”.
Phil enjoys fly fishing, golf, shooting, skiing and playing the Bagpipes, but not all at the same time. He wants to visit Ireland more often, and enjoys reading about American and Irish History. Phil is engaged to the love of his life Lori Burns.
We thank Phil for his many years serving the Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and his contributions to the Irish community in Northern Virginia.