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ANDOVER: Retired Lawrence Police Sergeant, Donald M. Cronin, 66, of Andover, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday March 17, 2015, at his home in Andover, Mass.

Born and educated in Lawrence, Mass., Don was the son of the late, John J. and Adelaide (Metcalfe) Cronin Sr.. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School, Class of 1967, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Don served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as an Airman Basic. For 38 years, Don was a Police Officer with the Lawrence Police Department, retiring as Sergeant. After his retirement, he was a Sergeant for two years with Merrimack College Police Department in North Andover, and was also an important part of the staff at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home in Methuen. Donald was a communicant of St. Monica’s Church where he volunteered with organizing the church fair. He was a member of the Lawrence Elks BPOE #65, and the Rocky Club, also in Lawrence. Don enjoyed traveling, fishing, was an avid sports fan, and spending time with his family.

Donald leaves his wife of five years, Linda L. (Anderson) Cronin of Andover. He is also survived by his two sons, Donald M. Cronin Jr. of Somerville, Mass., and William J. Cronin of Methuen, Mass.; and granddaughter, Brianna A. Cronin of Methuen; one sister, Nancy Angus of Leominster; stepbrother, William Dixon of Haverhill, Mass.; mother-in-law, Evelyn P. Crotch of Andover; brother-in-law, Anthony T. DiStefano; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Belisario and Leslie Rosas of Andover, Gary and Deborah Anderson of Windham, N.H.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don also leaves his cherished dog, Bailey; and beloved cats, Tedy and Curt.

Donald was predeceased by his brother John J. Cronin Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline Cronin; his sister, Sheila DiStefano; stepbrother, John Dixon; and father-in-law, Clayton Crotch. Donald will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

Memorials can be made in Donald’s name to the M.S.P.C.A. 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. Visiting hours for family and friends were Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, Inc., 233 Lawrence St., Methuen, MA 01844. His funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, at 11 a.m., in St. Monica’s Church in Methuen, with burial and military honors to follow in West Parish Cemeter, Andover. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to assist the Cronin Family with this difficult time.
Published on  March 22, 2015
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