BANGOR – Richard Frederick Higgins Sr. passed away April 13, 2011, surrounded by family members, in Bangor. Dick was born Nov. 20, 1929, in Bangor, the 10th child of Thomas and Catherine Steel Higgins.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Valerie Anderson Higgins; 14 children, Valerie Higgins of San Francisco, Richard F. Higgins Jr. of Bangor, Steven Higgins of New London, N.H., David Higgins and wife, Joann, of Hampden, Mark Higgins of Reno, Nev., Carol Coyle and husband, Chris, of Camden, William Higgins and wife, Maria, of Brewer, Timothy Higgins and wife, Marsha, of Bangor, Jennifer Herbold and husband, Timothy, of Bangor, Catherine Proctor and husband, Chris, of Rowlett, Texas, Alison Cardello and husband, Kurt, of Hermon, Anne Higgins of Las Vegas, Susan Walker and husband, Randy, of Boothbay Harbor and Kimberly Byers of Laurel, Md.; 26 grandchildren, Molly, Colleen, Richard III, Ryan, Elizabeth, John, Sylvia, Isobel, Lily, Tristan, Courtney, Caitlyn, Casey, Lauren, Sorrell, Haleigh, Lily, Mac, Carlianna, Kirsten, Oliver, Gabriel, Caylie, Cameron, Chase and Maverick; and siblings, Leo Higgins and Virginia Winchester. He was predeceased by his parents, seven siblings; and infant daughter, Elizabeth.
Dick graduated from John Bapst High School, where he met his wife, Valerie Anderson. In 1951 he went to work for Maine Central Railroad in the baggage department, later transferring to train service, finishing his career as a conductor after 47 years of service. He was a devout Catholic. Dick loved his beautiful, large family and showed his love through preparing and feeding anyone who walked through his door. He was famous for his blueberry pancakes, lasagna and meatloaf, and Saturday morning Bangor Rye roll deliveries to his nearby friends and family. Dick always brought an extra birthday cake to every party, and was an avid sports fan and all things Irish. He was a member of Knights of Columbus for nearly 20 years.
Friends may call 3-6 p.m. Friday at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 300 State St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor.