About Patrick Dunbar:
Patrick Dunbar was born in the Valley to Daisy Dunbar. His beloved grandmother, Ma Dunbar, helped raise him. He has three younger sisters – Kandy Tirado, the late Lynn Olivieri, and Lisa Zoizack.
Pat attended Buffalo Public School #33, Southside Junior High School, South Park High School, and Bryant & Stratton College. Pat was a member of St. Stephen’s Church where he also was a CYO and Lawn Fete volunteer.
He has been involved in sports his entire life. While at South Park High School, Pat was Captain of both the basketball and baseball teams. In 1970, his team won the Baseball Championship. Pat played on the Bryant & Stratton Basketball team as well, which also won the championship. Pat also played in many sports leagues at the Babcock Boys Club including basketball, softball (fast and slow pitch), flag football, two hand touch football, floor hockey, and bowling.
Pat is currently a Recreation Instructor for the City of Buffalo Department of Parks & Recreation. He has worked throughout the city park system and has also worked at many of the City pools including Centennial, Kensington, and Masten. He has also worked with youth at community centers throughout Buffalo including Jubilee, Asarese-Matters, Lanigan, and Tosh Collins. He currently works at the Hennepin Community Center.
Pat was a City of Buffalo Fillmore District Committeeman and is a member of three men’s social clubs – The Blarney Castle (President), Corkers, and the West Seneca Social Club.
Pat is married to Joan (Lynch) and has two daughters – Elizabeth Hays and Emily Banko – and a stepson – Marco Bernobich. Together they have seven grandchildren – Hudson, Lilly, Anna, Sylvia, and Wesley Hays and Lucas and Nathan Bernobich.
Patrick Dunbar and the VCA:
Pat was one of the founding members of the Valley Community Association (VCA). He was the Assistant Director under Director Dave Sengbusch. He returned to the VCA years later as a recreation aide, working for the Valley for over 16 years. He also held various other jobs including bartending at Someplace Else and Dave & Den’s Nightclub. He was also employed by the Courier Express, Chicmate, Gro-Green, Custom Carpet, Buffalo Department of Inventory & Storage, and Buffalo PAL.
Pat has volunteered his time extensively to the Valley Community Association and the Valley neighborhood throughout his life. He was the former President of the VCA Board of Directors in the 1970’s; coached youth in the Valley-First Ward Football league; helped with the Valley Slow Pitch Softball League; worked Valley Bingo, helped organize the Buffalo River Fest Softball Tournament; coached youth basketball, football, soccer, softball, and baseball teams; helped with Valley Reunions; dressed up as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny; and worked various Valley fundraisers such as $100 Ticket Raffles and the Rally in the Valley carnival fundraiser. Pat also worked the Valley Food Bank and would help deliver donated baked good throughout the neighborhood, driving the agencies old blue van up and down the streets. He also served as the Valley Bus Driver, assisting Senior Citizens to and from the Valley. He also volunteered to serve as a pall bearer for a poor soul who had no family or friends. Most recognizably, Pat has served as St. Patrick himself in the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade since the parades inception in 1994. He currently volunteers at Buffalo River Fest Park for the Wednesday Night Concert Series
He was previously recognized as both the Valley Community Association Volunteer of the Year (1994) as well as the Buffalo River Fest Park Volunteer of the Year (2015).
This year the parade will be dedicated in memory of five very special people who passed away this past year that were part of the “Old Neighborhood”: Chris Chludzinski, Fred Kurzanski, Michael Murphy, Rita Smith, and Marge Starzynski.
About the Parade:
The 27th annual parade will kick off at 12 Noon from the Valley Community Center and will wind through the streets of the historic Buffalo River Community. Viewing of the parade is available along South Park Avenue (between Hamburg Street and Smith Street), Smith Street (between South Park Avenue and Elk Street), Elk Street (between Smith Street and South Park Avenue), Hamburg Street (between South Park Avenue and South Street), and South Street (between Hamburg Street and Louisiana Street).
Immediately following the parade will be the traditional grand Irish “Hooley” featuring live music by “Poor Ould Goat” as well as plenty of food and drink. The “Hooley” runs from 1pm-5pm at the Valley Community Center.
The Post Party Parade:
Doors for the event will open at 12pm with Chef Kevin serving corned beef dinners, corned beef sandwiches, and other selections for those who don’t care for corned beef. Music will be provided by Geno McManus from 2pm-5pm and he will be followed by Brian Overdorf.
A green shuttle bus will be available to take parade goers between the Post Parade Party at the Tewksbury Lodge and the Hooley at the Valley Community Center.