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Brendan's Trees

Fundraising for CI
by 6 supporters
In memory of Brendan Cronin
We use science and partnerships to protect the environment and people


From his obituary: 

Brendan Pearce Cronin was joyfully welcomed into this world one month early on August 23, 1991, in New York City; he left this world much too early at age 30, on June 19, 2022, at home in Indianapolis.

Brendan graduated from St. Richard’s Episcopal School, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and the University of Denver, with a BA in 2014. 

After graduating from DU, he worked as a tech recruiter for six years in Denver before moving to New York in August of 2020, realizing a longstanding goal he had to return to the city of his birth. In the last year, he was excited to join the technical recruiting team at SiriusXM in New York. 

Living in New York gave Brendan the opportunity to spend more time with his younger brothers, Niall and Aidan, growing closer than ever. He cherished winter family ski trips, summer gatherings at Lake Wawasee, and spring breaks in Jamaica. He especially loved the family Irish Terriers Lydia and Sophie. 

In the summers between high school years, Brendan cut his teeth as a salesman selling Cutco products, nurtured his love of reading and storytelling at Big Hat Books in Broad Ripple, and taught tennis for the NJTL of Indianapolis, a sport he played with family and friends at Woodstock. 

Brendan’s many friends were important to him, and Brendan was important to them. He loved snowboarding with friends in Colorado, going to Red Rocks concerts, EDM clubs, finding the best new restaurants and films, planning trips to visit friends wherever they lived. He carried them in his big heart always. 

Survivors: parents Elizabeth “Betsy” Pearce Cronin and Casey M. Cronin, Indianapolis; brothers Niall W. Cronin and Aidan J. Cronin, Brooklyn, NY; grandmother Suzanne Casey Cronin, Indianapolis; aunts and uncles David S. Cronin (Mora), St. Helena, CA; Nancy S. Cronin, Carmel, IN; Kathryn “Kate” A. Cronin (Brad Bovee), Indianapolis; William “Bill” H. Pearce Jr. (Lee), Buffalo, NY; Nina Pearce Erensel (Brent), Buffalo, NY; cousins Pearce Erensel (Stephanie) New York City; Hunter Erensel (Katherine) Brooklyn, NY; Esme Erensel, Buffalo, NY; Zoe Pearce, Washington DC; Vivien Pearce, New York City; Dana Cronin, Oakland, CA; Aaron Cronin, Denver; and Benjamin Singleton, Carmel, IN; and so many friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Elizabeth Ward Pearce & William H. Pearce, Buffalo, NY; Robert P. Cronin, Indianapolis; and uncle, James R. Cronin, Brooklyn, NY. 

Brendan’s family plans a memorial service on Wednesday, July 20, 11 am, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis. A lunch celebration will follow. Friends are planning a celebration for Brendan in Denver on July 16. 

Brendan was a sensitive, empathetic person who was always there for others. In Brendan’s memory please plant a tree, or donate to an organization that helps others in any way. Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at

About the charity

We know that human beings are totally dependent on nature — and that by saving nature, we’re saving ourselves. To that end, CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. We do this through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities and companies. Over the years, CI has helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, safeguarding more than 601 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas.​​ Our work is moving entire societies toward a healthier, more sustainable development path — so that we don’t use up today what we’re going to need tomorrow. At CI, we don’t focus on one sector or one issue. And we’re not interested in short-term fixes. Instead, building upon a foundation of science, partnership and field work, we find global solutions to global problems.​​ We measure success in human terms. Our ultimate goal is to protect the most fundamental things that nature provides to all of us: our food, our fresh water, our livelihoods and a stable climate. Nature doesn’t need people - people need nature.

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