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HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee announces Jim Monahan as the 2021 grand marshal.

Monahan was born into to a large, Irish Catholic family in the Clay Hill section of Hoosick Falls, headed by his late parents, Jim and Catherine Monahan, who were both fiercely proud of their Irish heritage and their hometown. He is the devoted husband of Colleen Pierce Monahan, proud father of Matthew, Kevin and Stefanie, and doting grandfather to Amelia, Andrew, William and Jack.

Monahan graduated from Hoosick Falls Central School in 1971 and the Albany College of Pharmacy in 1976. He started his pharmacy career in Bennington, Vt., and eventually made his way back to Hoosick Falls to work at Thorpe’s Pharmacy. In 1983, he became the proprietor.

Monahan bent over backwards to serve his patrons and community, staying late or opening early to fill a prescription for a sick child — or patiently explaining dosing information or working through complex insurance issues until well past closing time.

Under Monahan’s cheerful and compassionate helm, Thorpe’s Pharmacy became a community hub — place to pick up your prescription, see a familiar, friendly face and trade in the news of the day. In other small towns, mom-and-pop businesses were fading, but Thorpe’s Pharmacy bucked the trend and remains the heart and soul of downtown Hoosick Falls to this day.

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Monahan’s many and proud accomplishments include attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, acting as a trustee at Hudson Valley Community College, and holding office as Rensselaer County legislator.

Monahan has long supported and worked with many local organizations including the Hoosick Falls Country Club, Wood Memorial Road Race, Hoosick Falls Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Academy, Hoosick Falls Community Center, HAYC3, several sports teams and many other organizations.

Monahan made it his goal to always care for people, patients, and families every day in Hoosick Falls and its surrounding communities. In his retirement, he plans to travel and spend time with his grandchildren.

The Hoosick Half-Way Hooley St. Patrick’s Day parade will step off at 1 p.m. on Saturday on Main Street in Hoosick Falls.

Adam Samrov can be reached at asamrov@benningtonbanner.com or on Twitter @banner_sports


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