J. Leo Higgins, president and owner of Higgins Pharmacy, Inc., died Jan. 21, 2014. With his two brothers, Bill and John, he operated the family drugstore in Pawcatuck with three generations of family.
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He was born in 1921, son of C. Leo and Marie Higgins of Pawcatuck and was husband of Mary (McKenney) Higgins. His children are Blanche Higgins, Elizabeth LuPriore (and husband Anthony) and Joseph Higgins (and wife April). Grandchildren are Anna and Matthew Tommasini, Aaron, James and Emily Higgins and great granddaughter, Lilly Parker Higgins. His sister is Marie (Higgins) Marr.
He graduated from St. Michael's, Stonington High, and RI College of Pharmacy. During WWII he served in the Navy as Pharmacist Mate, assigned to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Pacific Fleet.
He was active in Westerly-Pawcatuck community affairs for decades and helped found the Stonington Community Credit Union, Westerly Ambulance Corps and the Downtown Task Force. He also served as President of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Providence Wholesale Drug Co. and was trustee of St. Michael parish.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4-7 p.m., in Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Funeral Liturgy will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m., in St. Mary's Church, 95 Main St., Stonington. There is no procession to the church from the funeral home. Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Pawcatuck. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church c/o St. Michael's Capital Campaign, 60 Liberty St., Pawcatuck, CT, 06379 in Leo's memory. For online condolences, please go to www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
59 Spruce St.
Westerly, RI 02891
Published in The Westerly Sun from Jan. 23 to Feb. 15, 2014