Higgns, Donald J. Sr.

Tappan, NY - Tappan Location

Donald J. Higgins, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2020. Donald was born on November 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY to Anna and Joseph Higgins. He married the love of his life Audrey Jones on April 4, 1959 in St. Anselm’s Church.

Don served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He then went to work for Lederle Labs, in Pearl River NY retiring in 1986.

Don was a member of the Volunteer Fire Association of Tappan. In his 60 plus years, Don served as President and Chief along with many other positions. In 1978 he was appointed to the RC Fire Advisory Board. In 1983 Don was appointed as a Deputy Fire Coordinator for the County of Rockland retiring in 2002. He belonged to many associations including Rockland County Firemen’s Association and the Rockland County Fire Chiefs Association. Don also belonged to the Carl A. Schelin American Legion and the Tappan Historical Society.

Don is preceded by his wife, parents, his sisters Marge and Alice and his grandson Matthew.

He is survived by his children, Linda (Frank) Pagliaroli of Tappan, Donald (Erin) Higgins Jr. of Sugar Loaf and Arthur (Lori) Higgins of Orangeburg; his grandchildren, Meaghan and Eddie Harlan, Andrew, Joseph, SPC Siobhán, Ryan, Bridget, Caitlyn and Nicole Higgins, Christopher and Grace Pagliaroli and his two great grandchildren Kellianne and Audrey Kubasek.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 11th, 10:30am at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan followed by a burial with military honors at Tappan Cemetery. Visiting hours (with social distancing and face masks) will be Friday, July 10th, 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan.