John Keith Higginbotham, 58, of Westford, MA died unexpectedly Sunday Jan. 20, 2013 at the Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. He was married to Claire M. (Murphy) Higginbotham with whom he would have celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Feb. 12. Keith was born on Sept. 21, 1954 in Monroe, GA, a son of the late John W. and Ada Elizabeth(Malcom) Higginbotham. He was raised in Monroe and graduated High School with the Class of 1972. A Veteran of the Vietnam Era, Keith served in the US Navy on the USS Valdez and attained the rank of IC2. Keith worked at Puma of Westford, MA as a Network Manager. He previously worked for Archdioces of Boston and Brighton, and at Xerox of Lexington, MA. Keith was an avid Grill Master and enjoyed smoked barbeque and baking bread. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved carpentry and deep sea fishing. Keith was an active member of St. Catherines Church in Westford where he also served as Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the New England Barbeque Society. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Kelly Higginbotham of Westford; three sons and two daughters in-law, John and Lisa Higginbotham of Monroe, GA, Kyle and Georgianna Higginbotham of Tewksbury, MA, and Craig Higginbotham of Westford, MA; four brothers and their wives, David and Janet Higginbotham of Cartersville, GA, Claud and Robin Higginbotham of Duluth, GA, Mark Higginbotham and Chris and Jaime Higginbotham all of Monroe, GA; two sisters and their husbands, JoAnn and Ed Quillan of Oakwood, GA, Abby and Ken Feilner of Monroe, GA; two grandchildren, Jessica and James Higginbotham of Monroe, GA; many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours Thursday 4 to 8:00 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Friday 9:00 a.m. from the Funeral Home with a Funeral Mass at 10AM at St. Catherines Church 107 North Main Street Westford, MA. Burial in St. Catherine Cemetery, Westford. For those that wish contributions in his memory may be made to the
20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Westford Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 197 Peter Dennechuk, Treasurer Westford, MA 01886. Arrangements by Dolan Funeral Home 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Westford Eagle from Jan. 23 to Jan. 30, 2013