Born in Norfolk on October 16, 1931, he was a son of the late Thomas and Helen (McMullen) Cronin. George was a graduate of Boston Trade School, Class of 1949. He was the founder and owner of G. Cronin & Sons, a fuel oil distribution company. He served on the King Philip Regional School Committee and as Town Moderator in Norfolk. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the Franklin Country Club. He played hockey on local town teams and coached his daughters in softball and sons in Little League baseball in earlier days. He spent many winters as a resident of Hernando, Florida.
In addition to his wife Shirley, George is survived by six children: George T. Cronin, Jr. and his wife Jan of Norfolk; Michael Cronin and his wife Heidi of Norfolk; Kathleen Herd and her husband Gerald of Indiantown, Florida; Jeanne Boulter and her husband Reeve Scott of Norfolk; Nancy Cronin of Whitefish, Montana; and Judith Beck and her husband Edward of Norfolk; a brother John Cronin and his wife Mary of Sturbridge; sixteen grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late James Cronin and Arthur Cronin.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, April 19th from 3-7 PM at the RJ Ross Funeral Home, 135 South Street, Wrentham. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 20th at 10:30 AM at the Federated Church of Norfolk, 1 Union Street, Norfolk. Burial will follow in Norfolk Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to Norfolk Norfolk Baseball Association, PO Box 176, Norfolk, MA 02056 or the King Philip Ice Hockey Program, c/o King Philip Regional School District, att: Paul Schaefer, 18 King Street, Norfolk, MA 02056 The Cronin family wishes to extend appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at Tufts Medical Center for their kind and compassionate care of George.