Richard J. Cronin, 78, of Florida and East Providence passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at Tockwotton on the Waterfront where he spent his final days under their loving care. He was the beloved husband of Clara “Claire” L. (Pasquel) Cronin to whom he was married 56 years. Born in Malden, Ma. he was a son of the late John J. and Lillian M. (Cox) Cronin. Mr. Cronin was the owner and operator of Cronin Oil Company and a 48 year member of the Teamsters, Local 251. He also worked many years for the Hudson Asphalt Company. He was a member of the East Providence Council, 1528 Knights of Columbus and an Air Force veteran. He was an active member of the Breckenridge Condo Association in Florida and was known as the “Mayor” of Breckenridge. While in Florida, he enjoyed spending his days playing water volleyball, bocce ball and he always enjoyed spending time with his family. Although he was a hard worker, he enjoyed life and dancing and he danced right up until the end. He was a good and loyal friend to everyone. Besides his wife he leaves three loving children, Linda M. Pringle and her husband Thomas of Rumford, Laurieann Sepe and her husband David of Riverside and Patrick J. Cronin and his wife Joan of Seekonk. He is Poppy to nine grandchildren, Matthew, Kelly, Amanda, David, Caroline, Daniel, Meredith, Joshua and Ryan and great grandfather to Colin and Lily. He also leaves one sister, Lillian McGee and three brothers, John “Jack” Cronin, Ronald Cronin and Michael Cronin. His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Margaret’s Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Tuesday 4-8. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill, Rd SW, Lilburn, Georgia 30047 would be appreciated.