Robert J. Higgins, 67 of Methuen passed away on Friday September 10, 2021 at his home. Mr. Higgins was born in Lawrence and was a lifelong resident of Methuen. He was the son of the late Robert and Esther (Ryan) Higgins. Bob was a 1971 graduate of Tenney High School and a graduate of Northern Essex Community College and North Shore Community College. Bob worked his first Job at Dunkin Donuts on Rt 28 in Methuen and later worked as a manager at Bea’s Sandwich Shop in Methuen. He also worked at Pizza Rays in Lawrence and as a driver and in sales at Pepsi Cola. He joined the Lawrence Fire Department in 1979 and retired at the rank of captain in 2009.
Bob loved roadside dining and architecture especially diners. His affection for diners began very early in life going to Moriarty’s Diner on Hampshire Street in Lawrence daily with his mom in the late 50’s. He traveled throughout New England during his high school years to visit 50’s and 60’s restaurants and attractions eventually driving over 1 million miles in New England and the East Coast. He could fix or repair anything and was a talented woodworker.
Robert will be sadly missed by the love of his life, Jeanne, his daughter Melissa of Clinton, MA and his son Matthew of Methuen. Bob also leaves his sister Patricia Dalphond of Dracut and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial Mass on Friday October 22, 2021 at 11:00 am in St. Monica Church, 212 Lawrence Street, Methuen, MA. 01844 Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, MA. To leave an online condolence, please visit Bob’s tribute page at www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com.
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