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“John I'm so sorry for you and you families loss please know you're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: P.C.R R - Somerset, MA

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Dick. Was just thinking about him and the family last night. My condolences to the family. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Wirkerman - Dorchester, MA

“Dick was a good friend of mine we were neighbors at Central Park South,and we enjoyed playing golf at San Carlos Golf course on Mondaysand also...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Fredi Cioffi - Summerfield, FL

“Dick was a wonderful guy and always such a gentleman. We all had many great memories in MA and in FL. He will be missed. Our condolences to...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Ed & Maureen McMahon - FL

“We were very sorry to hear of Dick's passing, sending prayers and our deepest condolences to you and your family. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Jill Jaffarian - Cape Coral, FL

“Dear Babara and Family The Fogg Post members send our condolences to you and Family We will b sending a gift to St Judes in his memory.God Bless ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: John Moran - Quincy, MA - Friend

“James and I would like to send our condolences to the Higgins family on the passing of our cousin Richard, and to his family,,Jim always talked...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Kathlee and James Higgins - MA

“My deepest sympathies to Barbara and your entire family.Dick was such a sweet, kind man, always thoughtful and inclusive. He was one of the main...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Patricia Cooke - Waltham, MA

“Dick was a good friend of mine we were neighbors at Central Park South,and we enjoyed playing golf at San Carlos Golf course on Mondaysand also...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Fredi Cioffi - Summerfield, FL

“I will alway remember our dance.I will miss our dance in the years to come.Love you Dick ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Joanna Elution - Fort Myers, FL

“Neighbors for a long time here in Florida. I remember Dick and Barbara always having a good time at our Barbecues. We will miss him.Sal and Marisa ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Sal LoPiccolo - Fort Myers, FL

“Sorry for your loss. Dick was a great guy and I'll always have great memories of times on Fort Myers beach with him and Barbara. Love Kathy Morancy ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Cathy, Barbara & familyPlease except my sincere condolences @ such a difficult time.You are all in our prayers & thoughts.Carol QuinnWaltham Garden...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Quinn - WALTHAM, MA

“We sure will miss him. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Angie and Tom Emberley - Waltham, MA

“We will miss this man of great strength and love. His sense of family and pride.His quiet manner and helpful ways always brought an easy smile. Our...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Kathleen Hayes - Family

“Diane, sending my deepest condolence in the passing of your dad. Stay strong. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Dupass - Thousand oaks, CA

“I always enjoyed golfing or a Sox game with Dick in Florida. My condolences. Bill Cooney ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“My Deepest condolances to the family of Richard Higgins May you find peace in the days ahead. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: James and kathleen Higgins - MA

Waltham – Mr. Richard M. Higgins, of Waltham, died peacefully following a brief illness on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton with his loving wife Barbara at his side. He was 84.

Dick was born in Boston on September 10, 1933, a son of the late James and Mary (Coughlan) Higgins, and was raised in Mattapan. After graduating from Boston Trade School in Roxbury Dick joined the United States Navy where he served for three years aboard the destroyer USS Goodrich.

After he got out of the service he went to work for the Boston Globe and just shy of his thirtieth birthday joined the Boston Police Department where he served as a patrolman for the next twenty-two years. Dick spent most of his career at the District 4 station.

In retirement Dick enjoyed working as a starter at the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park. For the past thirty years Dick and Barbara spent their winters in Fort Myers, Florida where Dick went to work for the Boston Red Sox security department following their move from Winter Haven in 1993. When the new jetBlue Park at Fenway South opened in March of 2012 Dick had a front row seat to all the festivities.

He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Boston Police Post No. 1018 and the Fogg-Roberts American Legion Post No. 78 in Hyde Park.

Dick was the devoted husband of forty years to Barbara M. (Roche) Higgins; loving father of Diane Ripley and her husband, Steve, of Kingston and Susan Abaid of Falmouth; adored step-father of Mike Dennehy and his wife, Gail, of Waltham, Joe Dennehy and his wife, Leigh, of Pepperell, Cathy Gallagher and her husband, Terry, of Waltham and John Dennehy of Waltham; and a brother of Mary Morrissey of Falmouth, James Higgins of Hyde Park, Patricia Monahan of Scituate. He was also the proud grandfather of 16 and great-grandfather of 6 and leaves many nieces and nephews.

He was the step-father of the late Paula Dennehy and a brother of the late Francis Higgins.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dick's life by gathering for calling hours in the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rt. 20), Waltham on Friday November 24th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday morning when his funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorials in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.