Canon Peter Cronin, former parish priest of St Andrew’s, Hunts Cross and Sacred Heart, Chorley died at Ince Blundell on Saturday 2 May aged 97 and in the 70th year of his priesthood.
Peter Cronin was born in Clonbanin Cross, Mallow, County Cork on 29 July 1917, the son of Jeremiah and Margaret Cronin. He was educated at St Teresa’s College, Castlemartyr, County Cork before going on to Mount Melleray Seminary and St Peter’s College, Wexford to study for the priesthood. He was ordained priest at St Peter’s College, Wexford on 10 June 1945.
Following ordination he was appointed as assistant priest to St Cecilia’s, Liverpool in June 1946 before moving to St Sylvester’s, Liverpool in December 1951, to St Margaret Mary’s, Liverpool in October 1960 and to St Paul’s, West Derby in December 1968.
In February 1971 he succeeded Fr Vincent Gaskell as parish priest of St Andrew’s, Hunts Cross. After more than six years at Hunts Cross he transferred in November 1979 to Sacred Heart, Chorley. He remained at Sacred Heart until his retirement in September 1998.
He was appointed as an honorary member of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter in 1995. In retirement he lived in Southport and at Ince Blundell.
Following a vigil mass at Holy Family, Ince Blundell on Sunday 10 May his body was taken to Ireland for the celebration of the funeral mass and burial.