William J. Cronan

02/10/1949 - 04/14/2023


Obituary For William J. Cronan

Weymouth - William J Cronan, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, April 14th, 2023. Bill wasborn on February 10th, 1949 in Lowell, MA, the son of the late James F. Cronan Jr and Margaret F. Rebello. Bill served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam war and was stationed overseas in Greenland and Portugal, in the US, Otis and Pease AFB in NH. Bill worked at Star Market for about 20 years as a store manager in multiple locations. He bought 4 Star Market agency stores in NH. ( Rochester, Farmington, Alton and Barrington) During that time he lived in Gilford NH and enjoyed taking his boat out on Lake Winnipesaukee as often as he could. He hosted friends and family on many boat excursions and everyone always had fun.He returned to Massachusetts after his daughter was born. He retired from his job at VA medical. Bill had many hobbies. He enjoyed aviation especially because he had a pilot license for single engine planes. He flew regularly out of Laconia airport. He also loved weather and would tell anyone what weather was coming up. He liked researching topics and used that to tell his family and others what he learned. Most Of Bills attention was centered on his children. He spoke to both regularly and wanted the best for them. Bill was a kind, pleasant man who was extremely proud of his kids. He would tell total strangers about them. He had a great sense of humor that many people still laugh about. His famous cheer was always… Salud! Survivors include a daughter, Laura F Cronan of Rockland, MA, a son, Benjamin J Cronan of West Bridgewater, a daughter, Stephanie Cronan of Winthrop, MA, a Sister, Deb Bowser of Nashua, NH and a brother in law, Chuck Bowser, also from Nashua, NH. In addition, he leaves behind his grandchildren, Aiden, Bella, and Avianna, who he loved and adored so much. Bill left behind nieces and nephews along with many friends that he met at Brockton VA. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 2:30 PM. To leave an online memorial, please go to: Bill was so proud of his children and grandchildren. His plan was to help them put money aside towards their college funds. Any donations on his behalf would be greatly appreciated and accepted. Please send donations to Account # 1192-222938 Citizen's Bank.

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  • 04/26/2023

    Dear Laura and Ben, We are so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad and I were best friends, always looking out for each other. He loved you, Ben and his Grandchildren to "No End" , He was so proud of you both and he stated so frequently, even to people he did not know . Although we talked only once a week, I know you will feel the brunt/void the most; not talking to him, taking him shopping or to appointments. I will miss Thanksgiving dinners with him and coming up in the good weather with you for a BBQ/pool party. Some of my fondest memories... flinging a wooden swing at me which knocked me out and 7 stitches (I still have the scar:-) When my Son Paul was young, he was challenged to a fight. Your Dad took him there to make sure the fight was fair. Upon barrel assing to the back of market basket, he held a wooden bat outside his door swinging it and ultimately broke his windshield! The time Papa Jim shot a huge snapping turtle as it lunged at your Dad's leg when we lived in Concord, MA. At Laura's Christening, your Dad pretended he dropped the cake while walking. When the slider door opened, he tripped out onto the deck and the cake was almost unrecognizable. Your Mom can vouch. There are so many more memories I have but wanted to share a few with you. We're always here for you and look forward to making more memories with you! Love you so much! Deb and Chuck

  • 04/25/2023

    Dear Debbie, Chuck and Billy's children, Families have a way of staying close when the older generation is still alive. When our Nana was alive, the aunts, uncles and cousins would gather at our grandparent's house. My memories of Billy and the other cousins are from our growing up years. Billy would stay over our house too back then as he and our brother Pat were close in age. I always enjoyed his visits. Sadly, we lost touch as adults. Please accept our condolences on the passing of your brother/father. Love Cousin Cathy, Bob and our family

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