Stephen W. Higgins Jr.

Date of Passing:

December 21, 2019

Higgins, Stephen W., Jr., 90, of Josal Drive, Barrington, died peacefully on December 21, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Violet M. (Longo) Higgins.

Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Stephen W. and Loretta (Gray) Higgins, he lived in Barrington for 62 years.

Mr. Higgins was the Chief of the Division of Agriculture & Marketing of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management for 40 years before retiring in 1986.

Stephen was a communicant of Holy Angels Church. He was a member of the Riverside Bishop Hickey Knights of Columbus, Bristol Elks Club and the Montaup Country Club. He enjoyed golfing and playing cards.

Mr. Higgins was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

Besides his wife of 64 years, he is survived by three sons, Stephen J. Higgins and his wife Mary Ann of Bristol, Kevin M. Higgins and his wife Mary Jane of Swansea, MA and Michael J. Higgins and his wife Anne Marie of Bristol; a brother, John Clark Higgins of Greenville; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

His funeral will be held on Friday December 27, 2019 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church, Maple Avenue, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Thursday 5-7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Stephen’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association of RI, 245 Waterman Street, Suite #306, Providence, RI, 02906 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Condolences to the Higgins Family from the Board of Governors, Staff and Members of Montaup Country Club. RIP

  2. Hello Higgins Family. Just a quick note to express in writing the condolences the Gorman-Cornejo Family would like to extend to all of you. Your husband and father was a good man and conversationalist with a distinct sense of humor (especially of the teasing nature …. to put it diplomatically!). May the many joyful memories of his life with you provide warmth in your souls, especially during this holiday season. Finally, I just want to say that the celebration of his life at Watson’s (good whiskey!) Holy Angels (great job by Father John), the Gate of Heaven cemetery (what a fine military tribute) and Gregg’s (are there any leftovers?) was extremely well done….I’m sure Steve would have approved! As they say in Chile, “un abrazo fuerte”, Billy G.

  3. Dear Stephen and Mary Ann, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Ed and Angela Hawkins and Family.

  4. Stephen & Mary Ann – Len and I are so sorry for your loss. It is so telling that from getting to know you he was a wonderful man and father. Our thoughts are with you and your family on this difficult day.

  5. Dear Violet, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Steve. Unfortunately I never got to meet Steve but I do know how much you cared about him. I am out of town at this time, but I will see you when I return home. Love you, Betty

  6. Mike, Anne Marie, and family:
    Please accept my deepest condolences. May The many happy memories bring you comfort and peace. My thoughts and prayers remain with you all.

  7. Dear Higgins family, knowing Steve allowed me to meet each and every one of you. You all became my extended family. It was an honor and privilege to assist Steve with his activities of daily life. Thank you for sharing your family with me. Always Mark Anthony Simonson.

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