Salem, MA — Matthew Wayne Cronin, 79, of Salem, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Spaulding North Shore Hospital in Salem, after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Lee) Cronin, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. He was born in Salem, Mass., on August 13, 1934, and was the youngest of 14 children of the late John Francis and Agnes Pearl (Calder) Cronin.
He had resided in Peabody, graduating from Peabody High School. Following his marriage, he resided in Salem. He had been employed as a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deptartment of Public Works Foreman, and later, as a supervisor for 38 years, prior to his retirement. He was then employed by the City of Salem as a van driver, and was also a driver for Catherine Adult Day Care. He was a security guard at the NSMC Salem Hospital, and also a crossing guard at Salem State University. Wayne, also known as "Wayne-O," had been very active with the AOH Div., 18, Salem, serving in many capacities, as president, the board of directors, and also on the county board as president, and a member of the standing committee. He was named the Irishman of the Year in 1995, and was granted a life membership In the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America. In a plaque presented to him, it quotes Wayne, "I did it my way," and was a man who was dedicated to Hibernianism. He served as the AOH State Honor Guard Captain for many years. He loved listening to all kinds of music, and enjoyed going to high school sporting events and games that his family participated in, and also was a strong Red Sox fan.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Salem; a daughter, Christina Cronin and her significant other, Glenn Wilczek; and a grandson, Maxx Wilczek, all of Beverly; two sisters, Marguerite Pearl Carney of Peabody, and Joan Phyllis Kelley of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Thomas Francis Cronin, Daniel William Cronin, John Edward Cronin, Jerome Paul Cronin, James Earl Cronin, Joseph Cronin, Gladys May Driscoll, Dorothy Eileen Simmons, Gwendolyn Agnes Grenier, Shirley Viola Cronin, and Kathleen June Smith.