R. James Cronin

R. James "Jim" Cronin

Thursday, June 11th, 1936 - Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
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Chazy Lake - R. James Cronin, 83, of 76 Garmish Street, Ellenburg Depot, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his lake home surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born in Saranac Lake on June 11, 1936. He was the son of Russell Cronin and Elizabeth (Walsh) Cronin. He married his sweetheart Rita Darrah on September 3, 1955.

After living in Saranac Lake for his childhood, he moved with his wife to Syracuse. They returned to Bloomingdale after having their daughter and lived there for many years. Jim worked for American Management Association and upon retirement, moved to his Adirondack home on Chazy Lake. He was a man of many hats. Having spent time in the Army National Guard, he was also Fire Chief in Bloomingdale for a time. He was a board member for the town of St. Armand. Jim was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He looked forward to hunting season every year. After giving up his motorcycle riding, he loved to be on the water as the captain of his boat. Jim was well known for his woodworking and craftsmanship of Adirondack furniture and lamps. He loved to travel and spent many hours cheering on his beloved N.E Patriots. “Poppy” as he was known to most, loved being surrounded by his harem of girls, and was ecstatic to welcome his great-grandsons into his life. His most cherished moments were spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Rita of 63 years; his daughter Tracy Hagar and her companion Don Barton of Plattsburgh; granddaughter Rebecca Hamilton and husband David of Plattsburgh; granddaughter Courtney Lewis and her husband Jeremy of Lewis; two great-grandsons Elijah Hamilton and Nolan Lewis; his brother Robert Cronin and his wife Phyllis; and cousin Cindy Micho and her husband Bob. He leaves behind many other beloved family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY. Calling hours will take place at Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake on Friday, August 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at St. Paul’s Church in Bloomingdale, N.Y. directly followed by a burial at St. Bernard's Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Jim may make memorial donations to Hospice of the North Country in care of the Funeral Home. Family and friends may also share memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.
    20 Church Street
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Paul's Roman Catholic Oratory
    State Route 3
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    Rev. Martin Cline
  • Interment

    St. Bernard's Cemetery
    Ampersand Ave.
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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  • Reception

    Belvedere Restaurant
    102 Bloomingdale Ave
    SARANAC LAKE, NY 12983
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Michael Toohey

Posted at 06:51am
Rest in peace! Peggy always loved her 1st cousin! Deepest sympathy!

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Posted at 07:50pm
Tracy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all and sending prayers. Sincerely, Morgan and the ladies of room 17.
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Robert McIntyre

Posted at 02:09pm
You are in our thought and prayer. Bob and Bonnie McIntyre

Mickey and family

Posted at 12:06pm
You are in my thoughts.
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Steven Salls

Posted at 08:34am
Rest in Peace Jim,Prayers to the Family...

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