Terry Dimonte named St. Pats parade Grand Marshall
HOM-977 radio personality Terry Dimonte will lead Hudson’s third annual St. Patrick’s Day parade when it’s held on March 10, the parade’s executive committee announced recently.
"He is proud Montrealer and we are very happy to have him," parade organizers said of their new Grand Marshall.
Dimonte, who was born in Verdun and raised on the West Island, admitted to being fascinated by all things radio as a young boy. And the interest stayed with him as he got older.
"Working at the John Abbott College radio station, I realized this was what I wanted to do as a job. Looked cool. And it was," Dimonte said in a press release.
Dimonte got his start in professional radio in 1978 at a CBC station in Churchill Manitoba, where he saw "an awful lot of polar bears and it was stupid cold."
He later worked in Winnipeg in the record business and part time in radio. Dimonte began a nearly 24-year run on Montreal radio stations in 1984, before leaving for a four year stint in Calgary. But the outgoing radio personality said he didn’t have to think twice when he was recently asked to come back to his home town.
Queen & Queen Mum
Meanwhile, nominations for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen, Queen Mum, and Irishman of the Year are still being accepted. All candidate nominations - open to anyone living in the VaudreuilSoulanges region - can be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The parade queen will be announced Feb. 26, while the Irishman of the Year will be announced during the Irishman of the Year Dinner being held at the Hudson Royal Canadian Legion, on March 9. The 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held March 10.
For information, call Jim Beauchamp at 514 691-2721, Gary Mckeown at 514 949-2177, or Mike Klaiman from the Hudson Recreation Department at 450 458-6699.