648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
Fax: 508-842-0061
James McCrohon

James J. "Maxi" McCrohon

Friday, December 27th, 1935 - Saturday, January 9th, 2021
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James J. “Maxi” McCrohon, 85, longtime Shrewsbury resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 9, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Along with his beloved wife of 63 years, Marie B. (Curran) McCrohon, James leaves his children: James M. McCrohon, of Winchendon, Kathy Ann McCrohon, of Petersham, and Mary Lee Harrington and her husband John, of Winchendon; his grandchildren: Jonathan W Harrington, James M Harrington, Gregory A Kasper, Patrick T Harrington, Bridget Marie Harrington, and Garrett A Kasper; his great-grandchildren: Sadie and Piper Harrington; his sister, Maddy Figueras, of Shrewsbury; and five nieces and nephew. James was predeceased by his parents, Joseph McCrohon and Mary (Lapinsky) Cernis, step-father Vincent Cernis, and brother, Ronald McCrohon.

Born and raised in Worcester, he was a graduate of Saint John’s High School, Worcester, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. James was honorably discharged in 1955, after which he attended Boston University, where he received a B.A. and M.S.W. in Social Work. He dedicated his life to serving children and families through his work at Volunteers of America, McCrohon House, Catholic Charities, Family Services, and as Director of Madonna Hall in Marlboro.

James was one of the original founding members of the “Jug O’Punch” Irish Band along with “Uncle” Dan Dewolfe – singing and playing banjo, bodhran, harmonica, tin whistle, and performing weekly for forty years at the Old Timer’s in Clinton. His knowledge of Celtic music was extensive, and his love for it was boundless. He relished playing music with his grandsons and was enormously proud when they formed their own Irish band, Slainte, and gained popularity in the Boston/NYC area. James also loved watching his grandkids’ sporting events, spending time outdoors racing sailboats at Regatta Point with his son, Jay, and gardening in his beautiful yard. He was an active alum in Saint John’s activities and was a frequent supporter/attendee of events, especially athletics, to which he dedicated himself when he was a student. He kept active playing golf with his buddies including his beloved brother Ronny, and many of his friends from the St. John’s Boola-Boola Gang.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint John’s in memory of Maxi McCrohon, c/o Saint John’s High School, 378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the McCrohon family between 9:30 and 10:45 AM on Friday, January 15, 2021, at Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00. Masks and social distancing measures will be required upon entering the church. Burial with military honors will be held privately. The Britton - Shrewsbury Funeral Home is honored to be assisting with arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Friday, January 15th, 2021 9:30am - 10:45am
    Saint Mary's Church
    640 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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  • Service

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 15th, 2021 11:00am
    Saint Mary's Church
    640 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks and social distancing measures are required upon entering church.
    Burial with military honors will be held privately.

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Brian Stachowiak

Posted at 02:35pm
May you find meaning and serenity in the moments when you are missing him the most.

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Patricia Meade

Posted at 12:09pm
Dear Marie,
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to you on the death of Jim, our prayers are with you at this time, as we all have very precious memories of dear Jim. Jim could give master classes on music, family and caring for others and for that alone he will be sadly missed. We were all so happy playing music together Jim would set the stage and we all joined in, in the revelry and laughter. Marie, you will remain forever in our fondest thoughts and prayers and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hands. Sincere sympathy, Michael and Patsy, Waterford, Ireland.

John Oliva

Posted at 11:45am
Maxi was one of my best friends in the Class of '53 at St. John's. One of our fondest bonds was as teammates on the infamous Redbirds intramural basketball team. After that, another bond was created when we both proudly served in the United Sates Marine Corps.
My sincerest condolences to Marie and family.

Jim Ring

Posted at 07:11pm
My son Brian has known and loved Jim since he was 2 years old in 1967. When I informed Brian of Jim's passing he quietly observed he never had a conversation with "Maxi" where he did not come away smiling. If either of us were going through a rough patch, there was always a support phone call with words of encouragement. I served as a Santa Claus, a board member, a sounding board, and a referee and was able to see first hand the effort that Jim expended trying to improve the lives of others. Marie and the children were always his first concern. He was able to help me be a better parent. We had less opportunity in later years to enjoy each others company owing to my professional life but we were always in contact especially by humorous emails. Jim was better at golf than me. Despite all my entreaties Jim would never grant me a few strokes aside so we could have a "fair" match. He played the guitar and knew Irish music. I bought a banjo and learned to play. As others joined in we played on front lawns and in our basements . After a fair trial, Jim prohibited me from singing at all but did allow ,that I could introduce our songs. Eventually I stopped playing and Jim took up the banjo and was far better than me. Jim has always been in love with that Vernon Hill girl. Many of Jim's life lessons and first impressions were tied to his Vernon Hill days and his USMC service. When Merita and I married , Jim and Marie were there for us. Jim will be buried with full military honors which he richly deserves.
Brian called today to ask how well I was addressing Jim's passing. I had to confess not all that well. I am happy because I truly believe Jim is now with God which is our common goal. However, like you, I miss him.

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