We are saddened to announce Alfred E. Smith IV, the 2013 Grand Marshal of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, has died at the age of 68. “Our sympathy goes out to the Smith family. We have lost a great Irish American! Al Smith was a man of many talents as demonstrated by his long and successful career on Wall Street and his involvement in the Irish American community” said Sean Lane, Chairman St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Leading the 252nd parade he said “I am honored to follow in my great grandfather’s footsteps leading the Irish community up Fifth Avenue in what is known as the greatest parade in the world,” His great grandfather Al Smith, was the four-term New York governor, and the first Catholic U.S. presidential candidate, and the parade’s grand marshal in 1925.
Al Smith was a senior Wall Street executive for 35 years and sat on the Boards of The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Mutual of America, Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Al Smith served as the Master of Ceremonies at the annual Al Smith dinner for 35 years and in addition to his work with the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, he was a founding member and served as Chairman of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce of the USA. Mr. Smith was Chairman of Hackers for Hope, an organization he co-founded in 1988 to raise money for cancer research and treatment and was a past president of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York
“Al Smith was a true Irish American with his support of the church and all things Irish. He was so proud to march in the footsteps of his great grandfather that he insisted on wearing the same hat worn by his great grandfather when he was grand Marshal in 1925. Mr. Smith did so much for so many and he leaves a legacy of community commitment just like his great grandfather. Al Smith will be sadly missed,” said Hilary Beirne, Chairman, St. Patrick’s Day Foundation, NYC.
Monday, November 25, from 4 to 8pm, Hoyt Funeral Home, New Canaan, CT and funeral Tuesday, November 26 at 11am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hackers for Hope or The Smith Foundation of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.