John W. “Billy” Cronin

November 3, 2020

John W. “Billy” Cronin

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.   

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  1. Robert Dilorenzo

    Jay, Sorry to hear about the loss of your Brother! May he Rest in Peace! Thoughts and Prayers to the entire Cronin Family!

  2. Robert F Connolly Jr

    Jimmy, Paul, Danny, Kevin, Karen, Joe, Donna and families; I’m so sorry to hear about Billy’s passing. I’m lucky to have had the privilege of knowing Billy and all the Cronin’s since Jimmy and I were in Junior High. I have great memories of your Mom and Dad welcoming all of everyone’s friends with open arms. Very sorry for your loss and my prayers and condolences for your families. Sincerely, Bobby C

  3. Bernie McLaughlin

    So sorry to hear about Billy’s passing. He will be sorely missed in the neighborhood.

  4. Mary (Roderick) Orr

    To the Cronin Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Billy. I spent many years as a teenager babysitting the Cronin kids and they were always one of my favorite to babysit for. A great loss to our Mayflower Rd family. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  5. To the Cronin Family,

    I was saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. He will always be a part of the many fond memories that I have of growing up in the neighborhood.

    Jackie G

  6. Dear Cronin cousins,
    We wish we could be there with you all to honor Billy. We are heartbroken. So many great childhood memories of him. I love picturing Billy’s beautiful job landscaping every year at Aunt Jean’s. It was always meticulous and he took such great pride in doing that for her.
    Our love to you all,
    Ann, Ron, Ryan, Rory and Reed Binder

  7. Jan Cronin O'Keeffe

    Our hearts are heavy with the loss of such a kind and caring person. The kindness that Billy showed for my mom Audrey and my stepdad John was amazing. I enjoyed sharing growing up with him and his family on Mayflower Rd. Our Cronin family loved your Cronin family.You will surely be missed sweet man.

  8. Richie & Ginny Keenan

    so sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. Mayflower Road will never be the same, great landscaper more importantly a great person, we will miss him terribly. Rest in peace

  9. Billy will be missed greatly and always in my thoughts he was a great guy to me he taught me alot and was a hard worker until we meet again rest easy my friend.

  10. Jay – so sorry to hear about Billy. Love and prayers to you and your family!

    Chris & Cindy Foley

  11. With the Deepest of sympathy…Bill was a dear friend and wonderful landscaper for my family for years. He will be missed so much by us!
    May he rest in peace….Helene and Dennis Kelley and family

  12. Jean O’Connor

    Dear Billy’s Family,
    Billy was a wonderful neighbor and friend to all of us on Mayflower Road. Always smiling and always there to help. Just the past few weeks he was delivering his flowers to his customers and friends. Mums for their front stairs. He was always doing whatever he could do for his Mother Jean. Painting , landscaping you name it and he did it. It is a great loss to our neighborhood. Gone but not forgotten, he will always be remembered for his kindness to all of us. He will always have a place in our heart.
    Love and Prayers.
    Your Mayflower Road Friends and Neighbors

  13. SO sorry for your loss, Donna. Bridie Always loved to see ‘Auntie’ Donna & Billy at the dog park! You & family are in my prayers. 🙏💕

  14. Debra (Debbie) Noseworthy

    God Bless Billy, time to rest darlin. From the day we met, through Tommy Vogel, lost count of the years. To the last time I saw you. You have always been a awesome friend. You helped me out in so many ways. Handy man. Landscaper. Even construction work I needed done. You were there. You will be sorely missed by me, but oh so many others. Mostly your family, Donna and your dogs. I can already picture you, redesigning a garden in Haven. I’ll miss you my Friend. God Bless you.

  15. Billy was a great, great guy. He would always bring a smile and a laugh to everyone. He would offer his help unconditionally to all who knew him. He was truly a beautiful soul. He loved animals and people. Myself and anyone who was blessed enough to know him will miss him dearly.
    My condolences to everyone who loved him.

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