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John “Jack” Francis Cronin, age 88, of West Newbury, former longtime resident of Merrymeeting Lake, New Durham, N.H., died Friday evening, November 17, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family, who was his life’s inspiration. John loved his summers on the lake with a house full of family. He was happiest when working on a construction project, helping his children build their homes and never-ending landscaping at the lake, all while whistling a happy tune. John’s grandchildren were the light of his life and they all agreed that he made ice cream cones better than anyone.
Born in Somerville, on January 6, 1929, he was one of three children of the late Mary (McKenna) Cronin and John P. Cronin. Shortly after graduating from Somerville High School, John entered the military, proudly serving with the the United States Army during World War II, from September 25, 1946, until he was honorably discharged on December 22, 1947, with the rank of Tech 5.
As a skilled mason, John was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Local 3, of Charlestown.
In addition to his wife of 63 years, Anna (Pohlman) Cronin of West Newbury, he is survived by three sons, Kevin Cronin of Newton, N.H., Patrick Cronin and wife, Colleen of Stratham, N.H., John Cronin and wife, Lisa of Newton, N.H.; and three daughters, Sharon Cronin and husband, Kenneth Cutcliffe, Kathy Cronin, all of West Newbury, Teresa York and husband, Adam of Merrimac; and 11 grandchildren, Brian McDermott, Jessica Graham, Sean Cronin,Timothy Cronin, Kyle Cutcliffe, Shane Macleod, Mackenzie Cronin, Anna Cronin, Patrick Cronin, Jack Cronin, Caitlin York; and great-grandchildren, Madison and Molly McDermott and Layla Graham; along with generations of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Cronin, and a sister, Marie Cronin Purchas.
The family would like to thank Merrimack Valley Hospice for helping to achieve John’s wish to make the transition from his home.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church of the Holy Redeemer Parish, 300 Main Street, West Newbury. Burial will be private for the family. Donations in his memory can be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843; or to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.
Published on  November 20, 2017
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