Joseph S. Cronin, 1922 - 2013



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Joseph S. Cronin, 91, of Montello Heights Retirement Community and formerly of 25 Manning Avenue, Lewiston, died on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice Services in Auburn, following a short illness. Born February 8, 1922, the son of Eugene J. and Flora Somers Cronin, he was educated in Lewiston schools, Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School. During World War II, he served three years as a U.S. Navy officer and was stationed in England. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Federal Distributors Inc., Lewiston, where he previously served as President for 62 years. Over a period of 15 years, he served on the Board of Directors of three different local banks and on the Board of Directors of one statewide bank holding company. He served three years on the 12-member national wholesaler Advisory Panel representing 960 Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers; and had served as the State of Maine wholesaler representative on the Anheuser-Busch Panel on Industry and Government Affairs. His 67 years of beverage industry legislative monitoring is the longest in the beer industry in Maine. He served on the original 10-member Wholesaler Advisory Council of United Vintners, the nation’s second largest winery at that time. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Maine Recycling Corporation. He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Basilica, Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston. He enjoyed traveling, theater, fine dining, reading, statistical analysis, 67 years of legislative monitoring, and visiting with family members and friends. He is survived by his brother, Paul B. Cronin of St. Simons Island, GA; three nephews, John E. Cronin of Auburn, Eugene J. Cronin III of Swartz Creek, MI, and Stephen B. Cronin of Kennesaw, GA, and a niece, Patricia C. Spellman of Florida. Also surviving are several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his mother in 1927, his father in 1971, in 1979 by his brother, Eugene J. Cronin, Jr., of Melbourne, FL, and in 2005 by his stepmother, Paulette B. Cronin of Lewiston. 


Funeral Notice


CRONIN, Joseph, 91, of Lewiston, died in Auburn on November 6, 2013. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, from 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 PM. Services will be Friday, 11 AM, in the upper church of Ss. Peter & Paul Basilica. Interment, Mt. Hope Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice,  Hospice House, Development Department, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240. 

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