The Board of Directors of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Parade family mourns the loss of Kathleen Sexton, beloved wife of Dermot Sexton, the Chairman of East Side Formation for the parade. Kathleen’s great love for her husband and family gave her the strength and courage to live her life for 32 years with cancer. She died on January 16, 2017 at age 79.


She was born into a close-knit family on June 29,1937 in County Mayo, to the late Michael and Winifred Garvin. As a young woman, she left home and followed the path of the Irish Diaspora to New York City. She lived in The Bronx, where she met and married Dermot, the love of her life for the last 55 years. Their Westchester house was a happy home for their two children and the gathering place for their extended families.

“Her house was the first stop for people who came here from Ireland,” recalled her niece, Kathleen McGreal. “She would feed them, love them and help them.”

Kathleen was quick to laugh, enjoyed gardening, bird watching and loved to look at the ocean.

Kathleen supported her husband Dermot’s 50 years of service to the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade with grace and good humor and was proud to see their children and grandchildren volunteer “to work the parade.” Her nephew, Francis McGreal, is a member of the Parade’s Board of Directors.

Kathleen’s example of steadfast love and determination will be cherished forever by her husband, her daughter and devoted care giver, Patty Ann McStay, her husband, Vic, and their children, Rory, Shannon Kathleen and Conor, as well as by her son, Bill, his wife, Janine, and their children, Samantha, Jack and Michael. Kathleen is also mourned by her four sisters and their families in Ireland, England, and New York.


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