Grand Marshall the Honorable Maureen S. Caddigan
Maureen is one of four Irish Catholic children born in New Jersey to Mary Logan Stokes and Michael Steven Stokes. Her parents, both born in Dublin, Ireland emigrated to the USA in 1927. Having vacationed many times in Ireland as a youngster Maureen was fortunate to come to know her extended Irish family of Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins, some of whom she maintains close contact with today. Maureen attended the Saint Venantius Elementary School, the Lacordaire Academy and Caldwell College, all three taught by the Dominican Sisters. Maureen has served the citizens of Prince William County as a member of the Board of County Supervisors representing the Potomac (Dumfries) District since 1992. Prior to that she served as a member of the Prince William County School Board for seven years having chaired it for three of them.
Maureen married James L. (Jim) Caddigan in 1959 and was a supportive Army wife for the first twenty-one years of their life together. She also served in support of Jim’s activities over the years with the Knights of Columbus where his activities included chartering a new Council, and service as both Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator.
Maureen is the proud parent of three children: Timothy James is retired from the US Secret Service and the Altria Corporation. He presently manages his own consulting firm. Peter James served in the US Secret Service and Homeland Security, retired from the Federal Government, and is now Director of Investigations for Moneygram International. Michelle Patricia is the Associate Athletic Director at Wingate University in North Carolina. A third son, James L III died in an accident several years ago. Maureen is the very proud grandmother of five grandchildren and great grandmother to four great grandchildren.
In addition to her duties as a sitting County Supervisor, Maureen co-chairs the Quantico Growth Management Committee and is the County Representative to the Civilian/Military Relations Council, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Counties, a Commissioner of both the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation and Virginia Railway Express Commissions, a member of the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Prince William County Audit Committee. She had also served as a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Prince William Boys and Girls Club. Maureen was successful in negotiating with then Bishop Keating to secure the location of the Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in her district. Additionally, when Maureen learned that the Marine Corps was considering the construction of a museum in Stafford County she called on her association with the Marines and launched a campaign to entice the Corps to locate the undertaking in Prince William County.
The location of both the magnificent National Museum of the Marine Corps and The Saint John Paul the Great High School in Prince William County are testament to her perseverance with which she approaches any challenge and demonstrates her total commitment to any new worthwhile opportunity.
Maureen is widely recognized for her responsiveness to the needs of her constituents and has received multiple awards for her service. She was selected by the Soroptimists International as Woman of Year and as Cool Woman of the Year by American Movie Classics (AMC). She is a recipient of the Catholic Schools Business Partnership Award, the Tourism Champion Award and was twice recipient of the Boys and Girls Club Prestigious Woman and Youth Award and the Richard G. Pfitzner Award. Maureen was named Citizen of the Year by the John Paul I Council, Knights of Columbus. She was appointed by Governor George Allen to his joint Committee for the Effective Provision of Government Services and by both Governors Gilmore and Warner to the Virginia Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. The beautiful reading room in the new Montclair Community Library was named for Maureen in recognition of her singular efforts to secure the funding for the Library’s construction.
We thank Maureen for her many years of public service and for her annual participation in, and support of the Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade.