Edward F. Cronin
July 22, 1927 – January 31, 2015
With deep sadness, the family of Edward F. Cronin Jr. shares the news of his passing on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the age of 87, after a long, brave fight against complications from cardiac surgery.
Edward was born in Newark, NJ, the beloved son of the late Edward F. Cronin, Sr. and Margaret (Macho). He was the devoted and loving husband of Marion Cronin (Crawford), with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. They moved to New Providence in 1955, where they raised their five children.
As a young man, Edward earned a full-tuition altar boy scholarship to St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, from which he graduated in 1946. Prior to graduating, Edward proudly served his country in World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy, touring the Pacific from 1945-1946 aboard the USS Cook Inlet. Taking advantage of the GI Bill’s educational benefits, he attended Manhattan College and graduated from Newark College of Engineering.
Edward worked at AT&T (Western Electric and AT&T Technologies) for over 40 years, during which time he become one of the project managers involved in the monumental task of laying the first fiber optic cable across the Atlantic Ocean. Out of the office, he served as president of the Stanley S. Homes Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and helped organize technology distribution for individuals with special needs and schools through donations and training. A man of great faith, Edward was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Parish. He was an avid sports enthusiast, a keen follower of current events, a financial genius, and – in his more casual moments – a great fan of Italian food.
Edward was a tremendously kind and intelligent man greatly loved by all of his family and friends. Through his selflessness, wisdom, and unending generosity, he was a source of uncountable moments of happiness and love. He carried himself through life with a quiet dignity and devotion to his loved ones that all of his family only hopes to match. He will be remembered by family as the best man that a man could be, and a shining example to always look to
He is survived by his wife Marion and his five children: Christine Cronin of New Providence, Karen Iucci of New Egypt, Patricia L.F. Cronin and her husband Michael Morris of New Providence, Tim Cronin and his wife Jennifer (Minch) of Berkeley Heights and Geraldine Cronin and her husband Mark Luchetti of West Chester, PA. Edward was also the cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren; Gordon (Baker), Sean and Brendan (Cusack), Amanda and Stephanie (Iucci), Liam and Patrick (Morris), Ryan, Chelsea, Melissa and Lauren (Cronin), and Anna and Erin (Luchetti) and 2 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday Feb 12th from 4- 8 PM at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church, South St, New Providence on Friday Feb 13th at 10 AM. Entombment will follow at St. Teresa’s Mausoleum, Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the New Providence Rescue Squad.
Cronin, Edward F. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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