Robert Cronan Obituary, Death – On Thursday, July 13, from 5-8 pm, Wilkinson Funeral Home will be open for visitors to pay their respects to the family. On Friday, July 14 at 3 p.m., Father Glenn Parker, C.Ss.R. will preside over a Mass of Christian Burial at St. James the Greater Catholic Church. Rob was the son of the late Robert R. Cronan and the late Naomi Esther Kuck Cronan, and he was born in Wayne County, Michigan. He is survived by his father, Jim Cronan, his mother, Paula Cronan, his siblings Susan Lenart, Karen Patton, Linda Anderson, Jim Cronan, Jr., and Brian Cronan, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Rob was a member of the Knights of Columbus at his church, St. James the Greater Catholic Church, and an IT specialist by profession. He also did a lot of work for our community. He was the epitome of how to have fun in this world. With the same fervor with which he pursued life, he adored his loved ones. He was the waterfall you never knew you wanted to see or the mountain you never knew you wanted to climb. Every day he looked forward to the upcoming sunrise and sunset.
The aspect of NASCAR you never knew you’d come to adore. The diehard Detroit supporter whose passion for the sport was contagious; he shared it with his offspring. His soft spoken words carried a powerful message of inspiration. He assured you that anyone was capable of doing it. Instead than talking about volunteering, he really did it. Participated in Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Club, and Emergency Shelter programs. The number of kids who addressed him as “coach” was enormous.
After saying something humorous, he always made his beloved laugh and grin. He could help you with technology, offer comfort, and guide you before GPS was even invented. You could never walk your dog as often as he does if you started today. If you were ever struggling with grief, he was the one to talk to. He far exceeded what could be described in words. He wasn’t perfect, but he was one in a million and never left your side. His absence will be keenly felt.