JOHN WILLIAM “BILLY” CRONIN – of Woburn, Monday, November 2nd. Beloved son of the late John P. Cronin and Catherine J. Cronin. Devoted brother of James J. Cronin and his wife Hillary of Newburyport, Paul M. Cronin and his wife Jane of Wrentham, Dan P. Cronin of Concord, Kevin F. Cronin and his wife Patricia of Woburn, Karen J. Cronin of West Virginia, and Joseph T. Cronin and his wife Leigh of Methuen. Cherished uncle of John Paul, Jenny, Alison, James, Danny, Darcy, Ryan, Shawn, Patrick, Hanna, Timmy, Logan and Brayden. Loving companion of Donna Tricone of Woburn. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Friday from 8:30 – 9:45 .m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. All other services are private. Remembrances may be made in Mr. Cronin’s memory to the Woburn Animal Hospital, 373 Old Russell Street, Woburn, MA 01801.
John “Billy” Cronin, 63, of Woburn passed away on Monday November 2nd in the company of his loved ones. Billy was born on the Island of Guam in 1956 to John and Jean Cronin. He was a graduate of Woburn High School and later attended the Northeast Institute of Art & Design.
Billy was a hardworking and talented man. He worked the early years of his life at McCue Garden Center and Kamco Supply Corp. in Woburn MA. This was followed by 30 years of self-employment in the building and landscaping business, 20 in which he owned and operated his own landscaping company. Billy had a real passion for beautifying and caring for the properties of his customers. He had a real knack for knowing what to put, where, when and of course in what color. He successfully designed and built walls and patios around the beautiful lawns and shrubbery he meticulously maintained. Billy was not only a landscaper to his customers. He could frequently be found going above and beyond, often doing jobs outside his typical role, such as running errands and being an all-around handyman. Billy always put his customers first in his day to day activities. He could often be found finishing his duties well after dark, seven days a week to ensure his customers happiness. Billy particularly took pride in making sure the residents on Mayflower Road on the West side of Woburn were well taken care of, as this was the neighborhood where he grew up.
Billy was a family man in his own right. He helped look after and take care of his mothers’ home for many years. He could always be counted on by his siblings to lend a helping hand and he loved and adored his many nieces, nephews and cousins. Close to Billy’s heart was the of love his life Donna with whom he shared almost 40 years. Billy loved dogs and three of his favorites where Bear, Teddy, and Louie, who he treated as his own kids.
Billy was a simple, bright, peaceful and easy-going man. Someone who danced to his own tune and lived by his own rules, but he always invited others to be a part of the party with open arms. He was a history fanatic, sports fan and gifted artist and shared his talents with many. Billy made an impression on everyone he encountered and always gave them a warm welcome. He often put others needs in front of his own and rarely asked for anything in return. His kind, gentle and non-judgmental approach made others feel comfortable and accepted. Billy cherished his relationships with people and often referred to his friends, customers and strangers as a part of a larger family that was important to him.
Billy had an unconditional love for everyone he met and continually found the good in others and felt everyone deserved unending chances to succeed. Bill was often referred to by others as the “guy with a heart of gold that would give you the shirt off his back”. We will tell you he was definitely that and so much more. A son, brother, uncle, partner, friend, landscaper, etc. will now journey on to meet his parents in heaven and together they will watch over the rest of the Cronin family. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him, and we will be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to have him in our lives. We will love and miss you until the time comes when we meet again.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, close family and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects on Friday from 8:30 – 9:45 .m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the Funeral Home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. All other services are private. Remembrances may be made in Mr. Cronin’s memory to the Woburn Animal Hospital, 373 Old Russell Street, Woburn, MA 01844.