Richard G. Higgins, 71, of Londonderry, NH, died Saturday May 4, 2013 at his home. He was born in Medford, MA on October 28, 1941, a son of John E. and Catherine (Grant) Higgins. A resident of Londonderry since 1982, he formerly lived in Boston, MA. He was raised in Melrose, MA, and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School in Malden, MA. Mr. Higgins was a Vietnam Combat Veteran and a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point in 1963. He was an Airborne Ranger and an artillery officer, and he served with units in Hawaii and Germany. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star. After his military service, Mr. Higgins earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. He had been self employed as a Labor Arbitrator and Mediator for more than 30 years and was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He served on the Londonderry Planning Board of Adjustment for 13 years. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debra L. (Ouellette) Higgins of Londonderry; two daughters, Joanne Marie Higgins of Amesbury, MA, and Sharon E. O'Neill and her husband Michael of Hollis, NH; two sons, Richard G. Higgins, Jr. and his wife Allison of Brentwood, NH, and Paul M. Higgins and his wife Sarah Gill of Boston; five grandchildren, Deana, Juan, Anna, Sean, and Ryan; two brothers, John E. Higgins, Jr. of Chevy Chase, MD, and Bob Higgins of Cambridge, MA; one sister, Mary Catherine Harbin of Hedgesville, WV; as well as many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 10th from 4 - 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00am in St. Jude Parish, 435 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. Committal services with military honors will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation in Dick's honor to a scholarship at Malden Catholic. Checks should be made to the Malden Catholic Scholarship Fund and sent to the school at 99 Crystal Street, Malden, MA 02148. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Melrose Free Press from May 7 to May 14, 2013