Neil R Cronin

Passed away on January 09, 2016
Neil R Cronin of Dennis, MA died Saturday, January 9. Cronin, born in New York City in 1931, moved with his family to New Rochelle, New York. His parents were Michael Cronin and Elizabeth Reynolds Cronin. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx in 1949. During his high school years he received several academic awards as well as numerous medals as a star half-miler and cross country runner. Cronin then attended Iona College in New Rochelle, New York on a track scholarship. During his college career he was a Dean's list student for four years, organized the college's first musical production, was president of the French Club, member of an award winning debate team, and officer in the National Federation of Catholic College Students, and recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Award. He was also elected president of the Student Council. Cronin graduated magna cum laude in 1953 and was immediately appointed instructor at Iona College and at the Iona Preparatory School. He pursued his studies for his MA and PhD at Fordham University as well as the University of Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship. During his college years Cronin played baseball on Cape Cod with the Harwich Hoboes, a member of the National Baseball Congress. He was also a successful amateur boxer and a boxing instructor for the New Rochelle YMCA.In 1957 Cronin transferred to the business world to better support a growing family. He rose from a systems analyst in Statistical Tabulating Corporation to eventually become CEO of ITT's Educational Services with operations in the U.S. and France. Following that career, Cronin, who was multilingual was sought after to become CEO of Berlitz Schools of Languages with offices in twenty-six countries.During his twenty five years in the business world, Cronin accepted covert research assignments for a federal agency in the District of Columbia. This contract work was performed in Bulgaria, China and Iran. He chose to make a major career change after a narrow escape from Iran in 1978. Cronin took over as an academic dean at the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY. After a five year tenure at this position, he retired to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.On Cape Cod, Cronin began a twenty-five year career as an adjunct instructor of business subjects, Ancient History and Medieval History at Cape Cod Community College. An active member of the Cape Cod community, Cronin is remembered for his role as a member of the board of directors for United Way, the Literacy Council, the Hyannis area Chamber of Commerce and the Educational Foundation of Cape Cod Community College. He was the creator and performer in several series of educational and informative television programs produced at C3TV studios. A columnist for the Cape Cod Times, he also had a radio spot for several years on WCOD. Cronin was known by the Cape Cod community for organizing very popular tours of Paris, Provence and Italy.Cronin converted to softball where he had a successful career for many years in the Old Timers Softball League. Very active in racquetball and tennis, he also spent many hours kayaking out to Monomoy Island and participating in kayak races on Cape Cod.Cronin is survived by his wife of 17 years, Annette Fontaine, with whom he shared a great love for travel, gardening, nature, swimming, kayaking and everyday life. He was predeceased by his first wife of twenty-five years, Irene Heinsohn Cronin, mother of their six children. Neil H and wife Patricia of Harwich, MA and his daughter Kelly; Sean and his wife Claudia of New York City and their daughter Caroline, Deidre Hedmark and husband Kurt of Harwichport, MA and their children Dylan, Erika, Kimberly and Nicole; Renée Cronin Cullen of Westport, CT and her children Cronin, Connor and Erin; Tara Pezzullo of Harwich and her children Frankie and Neil; Maura Connolly and husband matt of Wilton, CT and their children Parker, Brooke, Drew. Chase and Libby. He is also survived by two step-children, Kim Gindhart and husband Joe of St Louis, MO and their children Joseph, Kelly Ann, and Ian; Kevin Fontaine and wife Erin of San Francisco, CA and their son Edward. Cronin, affectionately known as Mingo by his grandchildren, also has 3 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother John of Seattle and cousin Laura Reynolds, OSU, of New Rochelle, NY. Cronin is the thirteenth generation direct descendant of Peter Worden who resided in Dennis and was buried in the Worden cemetery in East Dennis in the late 1600's.Cronin was larger than life and a true Renaissance man who embraced every aspect of life and who has indelibly enriched the lives of family and friends.Friends and Relatives are invited to attend a memorial visitation Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home 729 Route 134 S. Dennis, MA 02653. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11am Friday, January 15, 2016 at Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church 468 Stony Brook Rd Brewster, MA 02631.