1.1 min readBy Published On: July 10th, 2015Categories: News5 Comments on Letter to the Editor – In Defense of Jon Cronin

July 8, 2015

We are writing in response to the recent character attacks on Mr. Jon Cronin, local developer and principal of The Cronin Group. Regardless of where we stand as individuals, many of us homeowners and residents of South Boston, on the development projects dotting the landscape of our neighborhood, we are united in our respect and gratitude for Mr. Cronin’s legendary generosity.

For close to two decades, Jon has been a champion of the people and community of South Boston; a true philanthropist who has unfailingly supported the non-profit community and the people we serve at every turn. Always a gentleman, Jon prefers his considerable contributions to be mostly quiet, anonymous, with little fanfare or credit. Always the first to respond, not only in crisis but also for the simple, everyday needs he sees in the community, Jon has provided countless opportunities for our neighborhood’s young people.

Jon’s investment in the families, youth and seniors of South Boston and the programs that support them, is well known to us on the front lines of social services. We are grateful for his many years of support and honored to speak to Jon’s good character.


Kathy Lafferty – South Boston Neighborhood House
Robert Monahan – Julie’s Family Learning Program
Sr. MaryAdele Robinson – Laboure Center
John McGahan – Gavin Foundation
Andy Ward – South Boston Collaborative Center
Michael Dowling – Medicine Wheel Productions



  1. Anonymous July 11, 2015 at 9:37 am

    This guy has made millions off the back of those people these nonprofits serve. As for being a philanthropist, you can thank his accountants. They tell him to donate so he can have a tax write off for the millions of dollars in profits.

  2. Joanne McDevitt July 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Mr. Cronin has put himself in this position by not listening to abutters .  His charitable contributions do not absolve him of his civic responsibility to the South  Boston Community . 

  3. Kristin Ventresca July 13, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Strongly opposing a proposed develpment that would damage a neighborhood, is not a charater attack on Mr. Cronin. Looking for a solution that serves all parties IN the neighborhood, is not a character attack on Mr. Cronin. Philanthropy is an altruistic concern for others. It does not provide a free pass to build rapaciously.

  4. Anonymous July 15, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    It is so sad that these nonprofits would get involved in this controversy. I am more surprised those that have more at stake in this shenanigans haven't sign on ie: the Gate of Heaven and Marion Manor.

  5. Anonymous July 17, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Why didn't the politicians who are so far up his ass and deeper into his wallet sign this letter? They better not ask me for my vote.

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