About the Friendly Sons of St Patrick
Union County, NJ
The purpose of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick of Union County NJ is to encourage college education for young men of Irish descent and support of worthy Charitable organizations. Links to some of these organizations may be found on our Friends page.
President: Joe O’Keefe
1st Vice President: Kevin Morris
2nd Vice President: Danny Burke
Officer of Operations: Jerry Russo
Treasurer: Jerry O’Dwyer
Secretary: Rich Templeton
Sergeant at Arms: Charlie Douglas
Eddie Crystal – Senior Adjutant
Brief History of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick
Among the honorary members of the first meeting were John Dickenson, Robert Morris, who later signed the Declaration of Independence, and General George Washington. The first president was General Stephen Moylan, who was a private secretary to General George Washington. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin also frequented meetings of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
We don’t have much in the way of the early history of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County. Someone has a picture of a dinner predating WWII but the best we can determine is it became most active after WWII.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County was reorganized in 1962, with Joseph Higgins being the first president. The organization was later incorporated in the fall of 2005.
More than 45 years later, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County continues to provide scholarships to young men of Irish ancestry and support to worthy charitable organizations.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Union County is a registered charity in the State of New Jersey and is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the Internal Revenue Service.