A WWII veteran of Irish descent and a child of the Great Depression, Charles G. Cronan was a passionate, gritty dreamer with a sparkle in his bright blue eyes. One of the youngest of nine children born and raised in Reading, PA, Charlie learned early how to work hard and persevere. When he returned to the States after serving four years in the Army, he went to work for his uncles’ sheet metal and roofing business. In 1950, he married a saint of a woman named Joan Frank, and they started a family. In 1959, at the age of 34, Charlie took the big leap – with four young kids (and another two in his future), he struck out on his own. In his mother’s garage, he launched Charles G. Cronan, Roofing and Sheet Metal and built the company mascot – a four-foot tall metal man named Otto.