Peter J. Richkus, Jr. Accepts Grand Marshal Nomination
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • 12:00am
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Forty-year resident Peter J. Richkus, Jr. will be the Grand Marshal for this year’s Labor Day Parade when the parade winds through South Plainfield for the 56th time on September 2nd.
The borough’s Public Celebrations Committee picked Richkus on Thursday night after reviewing this year’s nominations. His record of public service goes back over 40 years and includes serving Sacred Heart Church as a CCD teacher, RICA member, reader, and lecturer. He’s also served as head of the Borough’s Traffic Safety Committee for over 30 years.
“Many adults in our community have come up to me and asked me to thank my dad for things he has done for them,” said Richkus’s daughter, Terry Thibault. “Most heroes are everyday people doing good things for unselfish reasons. That is my father.”
In addition to his work with Sacred Heart and the Traffic Safety Committee, Richkus has been active in a host of other community groups. He served as vice president of the South Plainfield Soccer Club for eight years, even serving four of those years after his own children graduated from the program. He was also active in the late ‘80s with the Junior Baseball Club.
In the 1970s Richkus was a Boy Scout leader, and he was active with the Knights of Columbus for over ten years.
As longtime head of the Traffic Safety Committee, Richkus received a proclamation from the mayor in January honoring him for being the longest-serving volunteer board member in the borough. “My dad continues to volunteer his time to the town in efforts to help maintain safer roadways and intersections in our busy and growing town,” said Thibault
Richkus moved to the borough in 1973, around the same time his father died of cancer. It was a tough time for the family, with Richkus helping his mom and four young brothers and sisters through the tragedy. He raised his three children here, with all three graduating from SPHS. He still lives in the same home on Mildred Street as he did when he first moved here 40 years ago.