James Cronin

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Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A.
12 Ridgely Avenue
Annapolis, MD

James Thomas Cronin (82), CMSgt, U.S. Air Force (ret.) of Severn, Maryland, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2016. Jim is finally reunited with his beloved wife of 60 years, Patricia Murphy Cronin, who preceded him in death December 8, 2015. Jim joined the United States Air Force Security Service at 17 and became a radio operator. His first tour of duty landed him in Scotland, where he met Pat, the love of his life. During his 26-year career in the Air Force, Jim quickly rose through the ranks, becoming one of the youngest Airmen to make CMSgt. The Air Force provided the Cronin family the opportunity to travel the world, from the United Kingdom to the Philippines. After settling in Maryland, Jim retired from the USAF and worked as an Information Security Officer with the National Security Agency. Jim is survived by his children, Michael (Jackie) Cronin, Pat (Robert) Ross and David (Linda) Cronin, grandchildren, Melissa Ross, Lindsay (Luke) Duncan, Sara Cronin and Abby Cronin, and most recently the light of his life, great-granddaughter Lena Clare Duncan. Jim was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and is also survived by his siblings, Joe Cronin, Marsha Foley and Pat Gosnell; brothers-in-law Jimmy Murphy and Michael Gillerlane, and sister-in-law Agnes Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margaret Cronin and brothers Jerry and Fritz; mother-in-law Mary Gillerlane, sisters-in-law Mary Alexander and Frances Baxter, and brother-in-law Robert Murphy. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, September 1 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A., 12 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis, where a funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at 1:00 at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 30, 2016
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