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Timothy Francis Cronin

August 27, 1930September 11, 2019

Tim Cronin of Pocasset Massachusetts, and formerly of Bloomfield, Hartford and West Hartford, passed away on September 11 at the age of 89.

Tim to most, “Teddy” to some, was born in Hartford to Matthew and Bridget Herlihy Cronin on August 27, 1930. He grew up in Bloomfield, graduated from Bloomfield High School and Fairfield University, where he played on their first basketball team.

Tim was a son, cousin, brother, husband, brother-in-law, uncle, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved every role. His father—his first boss on the landscaping trucks was a giant to him. His mother was a joy—he loved trips with her to G. Fox in Hartford, and Christmas remained a particularly special time of year for him as it did for her.

Tim served as a First Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps from 1953 to 1955.

Tim started his insurance career at The Travelers in the Claim Department before leaving for the agency side, first with Fred Castonguay and ultimately at the Thomas Fahy Agency. The work that he loved best though was with the Democratic Town Committee in Hartford, helping to get out the vote by working the phone banks in the basement of the Branford Street home, and especially serving on the staff of U.S. Congressman Bill Cotter.

Tim leaves his beloved Rosemarie (Mike), wife of 63 years and his children and their spouses: Kevin and Nancy of Amston; Jim and Katy of West Hartford; Tim and Chunxia of Unionville; Matt and Patty of Newington; Kerry of Roslindale MA; and Sean and Lisa of Southborough MA. His loved and loving grandchildren: Megan, Madeline, Justin, Ran, Liam, Bridget, Daniel, Stephen, Luke and Scott; and great-grandchild Aalif. Also surviving him are his sister Joan Tyler; brother Matt and wife Sue; brother-in-law Newman Flanagan and wife Eileen; sister-in-law Helene Flanagan; and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and -nephews.

In addition to his parents and in-laws: James Flanagan and Rose Freeley Flanagan, Tim was predeceased by brothers-in-law Rev. James Flanagan, Joseph Flanagan, SJ, and Kevin Flanagan. He was also predeceased by his brother Rev. James Cronin, a loss which was a particular heartbreak—he will be glad to see him again.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 4116, Corpus Christi, TX 78469 or Team Rubicon, 6171 West Century Blvd., Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The family will receive family and friends 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 16th at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, Bourne, MA. Catholic Mass in celebration of Tim’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 17th at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth, MA. Memorial Mass and burial at Mountain View Cemetery will follow at a day and time to be announced in Bloomfield, CT, where Tim will be buried alongside his parents and brother.


  • Visiting Hours Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Timothy Francis Cronin

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Mary Carroll Kennedy

September 15, 2019

He cared....for his family, his friends, and his clients. Insurance and politics were the perfect professions for him. He was a master at using them to get us “out of the goddamn mess you got into”. I think his wit and caustic humor were used to hide how much he really cared. The world is a better place because of him. May he rest In peace.
Mary Carroll Kennedy

Chris and Kay Mowatt

September 15, 2019

Uncle Tim was very special and we always enjoyed our visits with him at the cape. Our love and prayers are with the entire family.
Kay and Chris Mowatt

Christina Tyler

September 14, 2019

I remember when I first met Uncle Teddy many years ago. He teased about my height and Portuguese heritage within the first few minutes, but he always cracked the jokes with a huge smile and abundant love. My heart is full of sadness, but I know he is in a better place with Uncle Jimmy and his parents. My deepest sympathy to Aunt Mike and her entire family.

Tricie Drummond

September 14, 2019

Loved him dearly and remember the time he took 10 of us kids to Plymouth one Thanksgiving. He stood in the street and stopped the traffic and had us all cross together. He was a giant to me with a very soft heart. I know also that he had a special place in his heart for my girls Nikki and Rachel.

Nancy Simone

September 13, 2019

Uncle Tim will always be remembered for his sense of humor and love that he shared we us all. He presented such a rough exterior wrapped around a heart full to the brim with love. We have been blessed to share some very happy memories. God bless Aunt Mike and family. May happy memories ease their pain. We will all meet again and what a joyous reunion that will be.

Randy & Debbie House

September 13, 2019

We met Mike & Tim a few years ago at our condo in North Myrtle Beach where they would spend the winter. In a very short period of time we became friends and not only looked forward to their yearly visits we would connect via phone, text or email during the summer and fall.

Tim loved to play cards and dominoes, maybe not so much the dominoes but he was a good sport about that in the interest of keeping the ladies happy.

Tim was a great guy and will be missed by all of us who looked forward to card nights, happy hours, and dinners out on the town.

His passion for UConn Women's Basketball was often the topic of discussion.

I'll never forget one night while playing cards I made a play the apparently messed up what Tim had planned and in addition to calling me a horse's ass, he said if I did not watch out I would be wearing his cane as a tail.

I will miss you my friend...