R. James  Cronin


R. James Cronin, 83, of 76 Garmish Street, Ellenburg Depot, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2019, at his lake home surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was born in Saranac Lake on June 11, 1936. He was the son of Russell Cronin and Elizabeth (Walsh) Cronin. He married his sweetheart Rita Darrah on Sept. 3, 1955.
After living in Saranac Lake for his childhood, he moved with his wife to Syracuse. They returned to Bloomingdale after having their daughter and lived there for many years. Jim worked for American Management Association and upon retirement, moved to his Adirondack home on Chazy Lake. He was a man of many hats. Having spent time in the Army National Guard, he was also Fire Chief in Bloomingdale for a time. He was a board member for the town of St. Armand. Jim was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He looked forward to hunting season every year. After giving up his motorcycle riding, he loved to be on the water as the captain of his boat. Jim was well known for his woodworking and craftsmanship of Adirondack furniture and lamps. He loved to travel and spent many hours cheering on his beloved N.E Patriots. "Poppy" as he was known to most, loved being surrounded by his harem of girls, and was ecstatic to welcome his great-grandsons into his life. His most cherished moments were spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Rita of 63 years; his daughter Tracy Hagar and her companion Don Barton of Plattsburgh; granddaughter Rebecca Hamilton and husband David of Plattsburgh; granddaughter Courtney Lewis and her husband Jeremy of Lewis; two great-grandsons Elijah Hamilton and Nolan Lewis; his brother Robert Cronin and his wife Phyllis; and cousin Cindy Micho and her husband Bob. He leaves behind many other beloved family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, N.Y. Calling hours will take place at Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake on Friday, August 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, at St. Paul's Church in Bloomingdale, N.Y., directly followed by a burial at St. Bernard Cemetery.
Friends wishing to remember Jim may make memorial donations to Hospice of the North Country in care of the Funeral Home. Family and friends may also share memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.
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Published on August 15, 2019
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Aug 16, 2019
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Beth and Scott
Aug 16, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved grandfather. Just remember you will always have memories in your heart.
Please give our condolences to the rest of the family and friends.
Lynn Shepard
Aug 15, 2019
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, my most heartfelt condolences~Rita & Tracy and family. My heart is heavy for you all. An incredible Husband, Father and Grandfather. Embrace your memories!! 🙏🏻💔
Dianne (Tuthill) Delong
Aug 15, 2019
I am saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was a friend of my dads, Frank Tuthill, and he will be sad to hear that Jim has passed. Jim was a lot of fun and spent some time visiting with us on the porch of dad's bait and tackle shop in the summer months. RIP Jim.