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John F. "Jack" Higgins, Sr.
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    10 Brookine Place West 6th Floor
    Attn: Multiple Myeolma Research
    Boston, MA 02445

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“Condolences to the Higgins family. I remember your family while I was a teacher in Stoneham. He was an active member of the community. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Howard Dimmick - Firt Collins, CO

“Please accept my condolences on your Father's passing. Please take comfort in all the great times with him. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: paul mccaffrey - boston, MA

“Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Dad, The Corkum family ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Dorothy and Howie Corkum - MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jay, Janet, Kim and their loved ones. We are saddened by the passing of your dad, Jack. We will all miss his wit...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Joe and Marsha Lawless

“Dear Kimberly, So sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful power of example in your life!I am grateful for our friendship...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Beth White - Aspen, CO

“Jack and I met over 40 years ago when I first dated the love of my life. We found common ground quickly; be kind and generous to my daughter. Our...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jack Restivo - Melrose, MA

“I have many great memories of being with Grandpa. He will truly be missed. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Kimberly Higgins Bristol, England

“I am thinking of you, and send a warm embrace to Kim, Janet, John, and all of the grandkids. Jack and I had hoped for another winter in Arizona --...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Joan Krupa - Tucson, AZ - Family

“So sad that I'm unable to be there. I couldn't have asked for a better Father-in-law. He was loving, generous, caring and funny! So thankful for...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Kathleen Higgins Bristol, England

“Andrew, Matthew, and family, It was our pleasure to know such a wonderful man. A gentleman with a great sense of humor. His stories were...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Arleen Bradley - Lawrence, MA

“My family and I a truly sorry for the loss of Jack. We were fortunate enough to spend some time with Jack in the backyard at 86 Ardsmoor Rd. He was...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: John Gately - Ipswich, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


John F. "Jack" Higgins Sr. passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. He was 89 years of age. Jack was born in Somerville on May 18, 1927 to the late Nathan & Frances (Gabrielle) Higgins. He was raised in Somerville, East Boston & Dorchester and joined the Merchant Marine right out of high school. Mr. Higgins went thru the US Maritime Service Training Station in Brooklyn, NY graduating in 1944. Jack served as a Chief Petty Bosun Officer in the Merchant Marine for 45 years and was a veteran who endured the dangers in the waters of WWII, the Vietnam & Korean Wars. When he was not called up to service by the United States of America he worked for City Service Shipping Company located in New York. Mr. Higgins truly loved his job, traveled the world and set foot on every continent across the globe. He was a lifetime member of the SIU (Seafarers International Union) and in his later years a member of the Teamsters Union. After his retirement Jack worked at Lechmere in Cambridge and at Park, Shuttle & Fly at Logan Airport. He enjoyed going to breakfast with his friends at Friendly's Restaurant in Stoneham and at Bickford's Restaurant. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family in Kennebunk, Maine and in the backyard at his daughter's home in Melrose. Jack was the beloved husband of 62 years to the late Katherine E. "Kaye" (O'Brien) Higgins. Loving father of John F. Higgins Jr. & his wife Kathleen of Bristol, England, Janet Restivo & her husband Jack of Melrose, Kimberly Higgins of Aspen, Colorado and the late Katherine E. "Kate" Henretta. Devoted grandfather of Andrew Henretta & his wife Kelly, Matthew Henretta, John Restivo & his wife Kristen, Michael Restivo, Jessamine Restivo, ... READ MORE →