Frank Higgins | Obituaries | The Eagle Tribune

Andover – Frank Xavier Higgins died at his home in Andover on September 14, 2022, aged 93.
A permanent resident of Massachusetts, Frank was born on September 24, 1928 in Lawrence. He grew up in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood on Coolidge Street near St. Patrick’s Church. As a child, he attended St Patrick’s Primary School and served as an altar boy at St Patrick’s. He then attended Central Catholic High School where he played on the varsity basketball team. He was a newspaper boy for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, and although he didn’t know it then, the Eagle-Tribune was to become his entire career.
After high school, he attended Boston University for 4 years and was drafted into the US Army during the Korean conflict. After his release, he returned to Massachusetts and resumed working for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, this time in the publicity department. He furthered his education by taking courses in advertising, now at Boston College, where he met the son of the Eagle-Tribune publisher. They quickly became friends and carpooled to British Columbia.
It was at this time that he met the woman who would become his wife of over 68 years – Suzanne Annette Morin. They married in 1954 and built their lifelong home on Summer Street in Andover. Their first child Natalie arrived the same year, followed by son David in 1958, daughter Amy in 1964 and two other sons, Michael in 1965 and Mark in 1967.
Frank was active in the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune bowling league in the 1950s, acquiring an impressive collection of trophies which were proudly displayed in the house. Frank and Suzanne had quite an active social circle and hosted or attended dinner parties almost every weekend. (Sending the kids to local parents or relegating them to the upstairs bedrooms of the house with strict instructions not to cause a row!)
Frank and the family spent two weeks each summer at Cobbett’s Pond Family Camp in Windham, NH until the early 1970s. Frank would travel from Windham to the Eagle-Tribune the first week and take the second week on vacation .
He and the family visited Ireland in 1978 for two weeks. They stayed in guesthouses as they traveled around the Emerald Isle, visiting Blarney Castle, County Cork, Limerick, Killarney (where Amy was able to meet a pen pal she corresponded with) and attended a “medieval banquet” at Bunratty Castle.
Frank retired from the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune in 1993 after a career spanning nearly 50 years. He was honored with a ceremony and dinner attended by his family, friends, local business leaders and the newspaper’s editors, publishers and owners. Although he was saddened by the end of his career, it was one of his most treasured memories.
After their retirement, Frank and Suzie took the opportunity to travel several times to Europe. They also cruised to Alaska and at one point missed the boat to take them from the shore to the cruise ship. They eventually found the cruise liner at sea where they had to be hoisted over the side of the ship! You can be sure it was a cherished family story!
In the 1990s, Frank underwent 9-way heart bypass surgery, which was very successful and inspired him to improve his fitness. He became a familiar sight strolling through downtown Andover, visiting many of the business owners who had become his friends during his Eagle-Tribune publicity days.
Frank was also a survivor of prostate cancer for several decades.
Frank has never been one to let small problems get in his way. There’s a big family story of how his car became disabled and only drove in reverse, so he drove it back from Andover to his mechanic in Lawrence, at one point passing his stepfather, who regaled the family with the story of this show for many years.
One Frank’s favorite stories date back to his time in the service, where he and several army buddies stole their colonel’s speedboat and took him for a ride for the evening. They then met several members of the Military Police who crowned the evening in an unforgettable way!
In his later years Frank always enjoyed visits from his children Natalie Marie Cohen, David Francis Higgins, Amy Louise Campbell, Michael Earnest Higgins and Mark Paul Higgins. He adored his grandchildren, Gillian Suzanne Esquivia-Cohen, Caitlin Rois Cohen, Kayleigh Ann Campbell and Maren Brynn Higgins.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Suzanne, only a few months ago.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St. Methuen. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Waverly Rd. Andover North. For directions and online guest book, please visit the funeral home’s website, The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to serve the Higgins family.

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