We, the members of the Historical Society are dedicated to preserving the history of Dingmans Ferry. Additionally, we are devoted to highlighting the memories of those people, both past and present, who are and have been an integral part of this community.
The first person deserving attention is Leroy Cron. Leroy was born on February 18th, 1934 to Charles and Lillian (Smith) Cron and he had a sister, Doris M. Cron. He was a lifetime resident of Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania spending his earlier years on Mill Street just outside of the Village. In his childhood, Leroy would earn money by mowing lawns in the Village. He took his earnings and bought the first rotary mower in Dingmans Ferry so that he could provide better service to his customers. He attended Delaware Township Elementary School and graduated from Milford High in 1951. After his schooling was completed, he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 until 1962.
After his military service he worked for Dewey B. Kingston Construction Company for over 40 years building many homes in Pike County. In 1994, he was employed by the County Commissioners as Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement in 2000. Being a very active individual, he worked part time for The Dingmans Choice and Delaware Bridge Company working maintenance.
Leroy married Roberta (Bobby) Findlay Cron his wife of 48 years. The couple had twin boys, Charles and Robert. As many of the Dingmans Ferry Village residents, the Cron’s were forced out of their home by the Tocks Island Project created by the Army Corp of Engineers but they remained and rebuilt in Dingmans Ferry.
Leroy was a “Jack of all Trades” he could fix anything! He made furniture and did carpentry. He loved building hotrods and used to race stock cars that he built at the MAC-A-TEK Raceway, Lakeville PA. He rebuilt his 1940 Ford Coupe Deluxe and loved NASCAR Racing. He was a member of the Country Cruisers Car Club.
Leroy was a avid hunter and fisherman and spent many hours fishing at his cabin on Woodpecker Lake. A great neighbor and friend, being available to help when help was needed. He didn’t hesitate in helping fellow residents during the flood 1955. In 1956, he was a founding member of the Delaware Township Fire Department. As a member of the Historical Society, he gave his time and skills in creating the first Dingmans Ferry Museum. Sadly, Leroy passed on November 7, 2021 but he will be remembered always as member of our Historical Society.
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