Wallingford - William Francis Cronin, 77, of 122 Bull Ave., died Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was the husband of Jean Jurinski Cronin. Born in Meriden on Oct. 1, 1927, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary Wadsworth Cronin. He was a graduate of Stone Business School and had been employed as comptroller for 43 years at Barberino Car Dealership. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of V.F.W. Post No. 9965. He was a member of Cheshire Lutheran Church and sang in the choir. He was an avid golfer. Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Marguerite (Meg) Kraus of Hamden and Janice Healey of Morris, CT; a sister, Lois Smith of Clearwater, FL; a granddaughter; three grandsons; a niece and a nephew. He is also survived by his beloved pets, a dog Shamrock and a cat Frannie. May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold and at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold. A memorial service will be held at Hubbard Chapel in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2005. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. A special thank you to Dr. Sujai Nath.

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  1. Dear Jean and Family, My deepest sympathies at the loss of Bill. My parents, Ethel and Allen Hancok, had always talked of Bill with such fondness. I have memories of going to Barberino’s with my Dad to see Bill. I had the honor of taking care of him while he was a patient at Midstate and it was great to have the chance to reconnect to this part of my family. Bill was a wonderful man and extremely lucky to have you for a wife. You took such excellent care of him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dear Marguerite and family, My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Your Dad sounds like a man who enjoyed life and used his time here well. It is never enough. You are in my prayers. Love Alice Torres

  3. Jeannie we just heard about Bill being in hospice on Friday. Sorry we didn’t know sooner as we definitely would have come down. We plan on coming on Friday and will talk to you then. Eleanor & Johnny Smith

  4. To the Cronin Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a great person to work with and always ready to make light of any situation. May your happy memories bring you some solace during this time of hearfelt grief.

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