Gerald J. Cronin of the City of Tonawanda, a retired police officer, died Thursday in Lockport Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cronin attended South Park High School. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater.
Mr. Cronin was a 34-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department, retiring in 1980 as a detective sergeant. He worked several years for various units in Police Headquarters, with most of his career spent in the former Hertel, Colvin and Kensington stations.
He also had worked as a bus driver for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.
He was a member of Brounschidle Post 205, American Legion, as well as the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, the International Police Association, World Association of Retired Police, CSEA/AFSCME and the Retired Public Employees' Association. He also was a member, for more than 20 years, of Salvation Army Golden Agers, as well as a member of the Town of Tonawanda Irish Club.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Lucille H. DeLang; two daughters, Nancy Siuda of the Town of Tonawanda and Marilyn Sanak of Lockport; a brother, Fran of Lakeview; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda, following services at 8:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.