The Board of Directors of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade mourns the loss of Rosemary V. McManus Lombard, one of the first women to serve on the Parade Board, and a prominent member of the Irish-American community in New York City.

John Lahey, chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day  Parade Board of Directors, hailed her as “a true leader in the Irish-American Community, an inspiration to all who follow in her footsteps and a valued friend and colleague. Members of the Board of Directors of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on which she served with dedication and distinction, offer their prayers and best wishes to her husband, Jim Lombard, and to all of Rosemary’s family.”

Mrs. Lombard died on May 2, 2017 after a brief illness. A first generation Irish-American, she was raised with a love of Ireland and the Irish by her parents, the late Patrick J. McManus and Nell Campbell McManus, and actively participated in the preservation and promotion of Irish heritage and culture throughout her life. “If you don’t try to keep it going, it will fade away,” Lombard told the Bronx Times in 2013, when she served as a Grand Marshal for the Bronx St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

 “She was a leader, a mentor to many, a hard worker, and highly respected by everyone,” said Aine Sheridan. She gave the gift of her self generously throughout her life as an educator and leader in the community. in 2012, Mrs. Lombard was presented with a commendation in recognition of her leadership, dedication and untiring efforts in educating others about the Irish experience by then-New York City Comptroller John C. Liu. She received a Partner in Education Award for co-authoring curriculum materials on the Irish for New York City’s elementary schools.

Mrs. Lombard was also a trustee of the Irish Institute, Inc.; a member of the board of directors of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center; a founding member, past president and trustee of the American Irish Teachers  Association; and past president, former board member and chair of the Irish History Essay Contest of the United Irish Counties Association of New York, Inc.

She is survived by her husband, James A. Lombard, two sisters and a brother-in-law, five nieces and nephews and five grand nephews. The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home, 5628 Broadway at 232nd St., the Bronx, on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Philip Neri Church, 3025 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, on Saturday at 10:15 a.m.Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Mary Manning Walsh Home, 1339 York Ave., N.Y., N.Y., 10021

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