Born in Ipswich December 7, 1924, he was the son of the late Frederick, Sr and Catherine (Matheson) Cronin. He was raised in Ipswich and was a graduate of Ipswich High School. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and proudly served two tours of duty, in the European Theater on a minesweeper off of Normandy during the invasion, and then in the Pacific as a motor machinist’s mate. Following his Honorable Discharge, the Cronins married and lived in Asbury Grove, Hamilton before moving to Beech Street. He was employed as a portrait photographer by the House of Hinlin, formerly in Ipswich. And later as a master tech with the Brunning Corporation. After retiring, along with his wife, they owned and operated Antiques and Elderly Things in Essex for many years. He was founder and former president of the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club, a long-time member of the AP Gardner Post, and a member of the Hamilton Conservation committee. He also enjoyed fishing in the local waters. Along the way he found the time to write two books, How A Toothpick Sailor Survived Normandy, a story about his time on a Navy minesweeper during WW II and Behind the Red Door, a story of experiences of an antique shop owner. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hamilton.
He is survived by his son, Donald M. Cronin of Danvers; his daughter, Rebecca Ann Wingate of Hawaii; and a grandson, Daniel Cronin of Deerfield, N.H.. He was the father of the late Robert H. Cronin Jr, formerly of Lynn; and the brother of the late Frederick Cronin Jr., formerly of Conn., Richard Cronin, formerly of Harvard, Mass., Jeannette Wood, formerly of Kansas, and Grace Sahovey, formerly of Beverly.
His funeral service will be held graveside at the Hamilton Cemetery, South Hamilton, on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 11 a.m. A gathering will follow at the AP Gardner Post 194, 37 School Street, South Hamilton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to A.P. Gardner Post 194, 37 School Street, South Hamilton, MA 01982. Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a condolence to his family please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
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