HAMPDEN - Stephen Edward Higgins passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Hampden, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born in Bangor, Sept. 11, 1954, the son of Richard and Valerie Anderson Higgins.
Steve grew up in Bangor, attending St. John's Grammar School and graduating from John Bapst, class of 1973. Stephen lived for many years in Palo Alto, Calif., before relocating to New London, N.H., where he owned and operated a successful paint contracting business, also serving his community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Stephen was a gifted artist, whose works grace the homes of many of his family and friends. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, and gentle demeanor. he was the consummate practical joker with a smile and sense of humor, which never abandoned him, even in his time of illness.
Stephen was predeceased by his father, Richard; infant sister, Elizabeth; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Catherine Steele Higgins; and maternal grandparents, Carl and Isabel McAlllister Anderson. He is survived by his mother, Valerie of Bangor; siblings, Valerie of Dunedin, Fla., Richard Higgins of Bangor, David and Joanne of Hampden, Mark Higgins of Reno, Nev., Carol and Chris Coyle of Camden and Nassau, William and Maria of Brewer, Timothy and Marcia of Bangor, Jennifer and Tim Herbold of Bangor, Catherine and Chris Proctor of Rowlett, Texas, Allison and Kurt Cardello of Hermon, Anne Higgins of Las Vegas, Susan and Randy Weaver of Boothbay and Vieques, Puerto Rico, and Kimberly Byers of Silver Springs, Md.; aunt, Virginia Winchester; uncle, Carl Anderson; cousins, nieces and nephews. The family thanks all the people of Lafayette Cancer Center, St. Joseph's Hospice and Cheryl Nelson for their kindness and care during Stephen's time of illness.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor. A gathering will be held afterward downstairs.