Former Juneau resident James D. Cronin, 85, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, died Aug. 6, 2005, in Narragansett, R.I.
Born in February 1920 in Narragansett, Father Cronin first came to Alaska as a Christian Brother but was ordained a priest by Bishop Francis T. Hurley in 1976. Prior to that, he had been a Christian Brother for 30 years. As a priest, he served in a number of parishes in Southeast Alaska including the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau.
In 1987, he retired from active ministry for the Diocese of Juneau and moved to Santa Fe, N.M., where he provided assistance to that archdiocese. In 2003, he moved back to Rhode Island and began serving at the Mt. St. Rita Health Center. To the end of his days, he was happy and enjoyed life.
He is survived by his brother, Roger Cronin, and nephew, Walter Keheo.
The funeral and burial will be Aug. 11, 2005, in Narragansett, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. St. Rita Health Center, 15 Summer Brown Road, Cumberland, R.I., 02864. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m., Aug. 11, 2005, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau.