OSWEGO â€“ When Donald Cronan, a US Army veteran who served in the European Theater during World War ll, and amateur musician, passed away at St. Luke Health Services last year, he left one of his most treasured possessions to the healthcare residence, a Bach, Stradivarius trumpet.
Among Mr. Cronanâ€™s duties while serving in the Army was that of a bugler for his outfit. This â€œintroductionâ€ to the horns led to a lifelong love of music and the trumpet. He military experiences led to a lifetimeâ€™s involvement in various related organizations.
Mr. Cronan served as Commander of the Manhasset American Legion Post and a member of the Society of Forty and Eight and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Mayflower Society and the Sons of the Revolution. Mr. Cronan was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and had been an officer of the Oswego Veteranâ€™s Council. Donald was founder and Commander in the Chief of the Society of the Descendants of Washingtonâ€™s Army at Valley Forge.
â€œDon left the trumpet to St. Luke as a gift, with the expressed wish that we find a good use for it â€“ that we find someone or an organization that would most benefit from this incredible instrument,â€ said Diane Garcia, Assistant Director of Activities. â€œAnd being well aware of Donâ€™s feelings about his experiences in the military, his service to our country and what an important part of his live it was, we think we found the perfect recipient, one that Don would surely approve of.â€
That recipient turned out to be, the US Army! More specifically, the 10th Mountain Divisionâ€™s Dixieland Jazz Ensemble which recently held a concert at St. Luke for residents.
â€œWhile watching the ensemble perform, and hearing the introductions and a bit about the band members, we just had a revelation that we had found a new home for Donâ€™s trumpet,â€ added Garcia. â€œAnd after a discussion with the group leader, Sergeant First Class Scott Elliot, he immediately thought that this was a great idea and was honored to receive the trumpet on behalf of a veteran.â€
Midway thought the performance the ensemble paused and Donâ€™s cherished trumpet was presented to Sergeant Elliot, who assured everyone that it would be making music for the military, much to the approval of all gathered, the members of the 10th Mountain Divisionâ€™s Ensemble, and we are sure, much to the satisfaction of Army veteran and trumpeter Don Cronin!