Thomas Cronkhite, 54, son of Roland and Jeannine Cronkhite of Biddeford, and Bradenton, Florida, died at his home in Bradenton, Florida, on Oct. 13, 2017. Tom spent his first year of life in Nashua, New Hampshire, and the next 10 years in Washington, D.C. After moving to Detroit, Michigan with his parents, Tom completed grade school and high school. He loved camping around Michigan and Ontario, Canada with his family and friends. Tom developed a fascination with homing pigeons. He raised, trained and raced the pigeons, with much success. He was also an avid chess player.
After spending three years in California, he returned to Michigan. While attending the University of Detroit Mercy, where his father taught, he earned his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science. He continued his career in computer programming in Michigan and later in Bradenton, Florida.
Tom was a loving uncle to his niece Liesl, and nephew Jack, and will be sorely missed by them. He loved to buy presents for them, play in the Gulf of Mexico with them, and most of all, play cards with them. He dearly loved his brother and sister, for whom he would give the shirt off his back.
Tom is survived by his parents; his brother Christopher and his wife Julie, of Biddeford, and Bradenton, Florida; his sister Kara and her children, Liesl and Jack of Dearborn, Michigan; his uncle Richard Cronkhite and his wife Rachelle of Lewiston; his uncle Roger Cronkhite of Biddeford; his uncle Raymond and his significant other Dianne L’Heureux of Biddeford; his uncle Normand and his wife Michele of New Gloucester, and Mill Valley, California. Tom also had many cousins in Maine and Florida.
Our Beloved Tom will be greatly missed by all.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be at St. Andre’s Health Care, 407 Pool Road, Biddeford at noon, Nov. 4.