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KINGSTON, NH - Alfred Thomas Higgins died peacefully at his home on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the age of 97. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary A. Higgins and devoted father to Michael Higgins of Kingston, N.H., Kathleen Terry and her husband, Mark of Derry, N.H., and Mary Ellen Ragucci and her husband, Samuel of Milton, N.H. He was the dear brother to Dr. Louis Higgins and his wife, Mary of Reading, Dorothy DiPesa and her husband, Ralph of Revere, and was predeceased by siblings, Helen LeGrow, Marion Caldwell, George Higgins, Raymond Higgins and Ruth Higgins.
Alfred, affectionately known as "Papa," was the cherished grandfather to Jennifer Higgins Pitre, Melanie Higgins Dostie, Matthew Higgins, Alyssa Clement, Nichole Landow, Mark Terry, Jr., Melissa Ciampoli, Jason Ragucci and Jessica Ragucci. He was also the doting grandfather to 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. His was truly dedicated to his family, and in recent years he took great pride in playing an active role in the lives of his great-grandchildren.
Born in Lynn, Mass., on December 21, 1920, Al spent his younger years attending school in Chelsea, Mass. The son of Irish immigrants, the late Matthew and Katherine Higgins, Al believed in hard work and always doing the right thing.
Friends and family knew him for his organization and dependability, as well as his fierce independence and wonderful sense of humor. He lived most of his adult life in Everett, Mass., and enjoyed travelling and spending winters in Florida.
He proudly served in the United States Navy during WW II. Upon his return from active duty, Al worked at General Electric where he was employed for over 40 years as a quality control engineer. While at GE, he established many friendships which endured throughout his life, and he thoroughly enjoyed getting together with the GERMs, the GE Retired Men's Club.
Al, known for his intense loyalty through ups and downs, was an avid New England sports fan, enjoying every Red Sox and New England Patriots game with great passion. He appreciated a lively card game, the warmth of the Florida sun, golf, and the tunes of Frank Sinatra's "I Did It My Way." His zest for life, infectious smile and unconditional love will be missed by those who loved him.
Calling hours were held on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the Brewitt Funeral Home located at 14 Pine Street, Exeter, NH, followed by a Funeral Mass on Monday, February 12, 2018, at St. Michael's Church located at 9 Lincoln Street, Exeter, NH. Services were concluded with interment in St. Mary's Cemetery located at 190 Lynnfield Street, Lynn, MA.
Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice or to the University of New Hampshire cheerleading program, a group Al admired during many UNH football games throughout the years. Gifts may be made online at https://www.unh.edu/give/ or mailed to UNH Foundation, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824.
Published on February 15, 2018
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