Robert Oliver Higgins, Sr, 81 years of age, formerly of Hopkinton, MA, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2014 at the Senior Care Center, St. Mary's, Georgia. He was the loving husband of Florence (Stone) Higgins for 57 years. He was the loving father to Sheryl Gallant, and husband Tom of Holliston, MA, Ann Marie Zambesi and husband Steven of St. Mary's, Georgia, and Robert O. Higgins Jr. of Kingsland, Georgia. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Christopher Zambesi, and wife Danielle, Michelle Zambesi, Matthew Gallant, and Janet (Gallant) DaCosta and husband Gus, and one great grandchild, Mason DaCosta. Mr. Higgins was the son of the late Willard C. and Hariette (Hathaway) Higgins, and brother to Francis Tognacci of W. Palm Beach, Florida and the late Edward, Evelyn, and Richard. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952- 1956. Before retiring he worked as a truck driver for Goodwin Furniture, and Terry Oil Co. He was a volunteer at Metro West Hospital, in Framingham, MA. He also worked at General Cinema in Natick, MA. Mr. Higgins moved to St. Mary's, Georgia in 2008, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. A funeral service will be held on Friday morning, May 23rd at 11 AM in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main Street, Ashland with interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Ashland. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening in the Funeral Home from 5-7PM. For directions and on-line condolences see www.mataresefuneral.com.
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Published in MetroWest Daily News from May 17 to May 20, 2014