Leo P. Higgins Jr. of Scranton, passed away Tuesday evening at the Pavilion of the Holy Family Residence. He was married to the former Marilyn McDonough Duffy. The couple would have celebrated their 42nd anniversary on July 5th.
Born January 25, 1932 in Scranton, “Butch”, as he was affectionately known, was the son of the late Leo P. Higgins and Lillian Vanston Higgins. He was a graduate of St. Ann’s Monastery School and the University of Scranton.
Leo was employed in the local insurance industry for over 55 years. He was a Special Agent and Claims Adjuster for USF&G Insurance Company prior to opening the Higgins Insurance Agency in Taylor, PA. He was also associated with the Vanston Agency, and the Kincel Insurers Agency. He was Past President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Claims Association. He was a member of the US Naval Reserve.
He was an active member of St. Ann’s Basilica Parish and served as Past President of the Holy Name Society, Chairman of the Parish Council, and a member of the Finance Council.
Leo was very proud of his Irish Ancestry. For many years, he served the Irish American Men’s Association as President, Treasurer and Board of Directors. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County. He was a proud supporter of Notre Dame Football.
The family would like to thank the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the entire staff of the Holy Family Residence. Their loving care, support and kindness is greatly appreciated by the family.
Also surviving are step daughters Dawn Duffy Kavulich and husband Paul, their children, Jason, Aaron and wife Marcia, Corey, and Susan; Susan Duffy Bartolacci and husband Paul, their children, Anthony and wife Cate and Leah and Peggy Duffy Zwiebel and husband Ted, their children Christopher, Kelly and Sarah.
Leo’s surviving children are Patrick Higgins, Nancy Butler and husband Larry, their children, Brian Butler, Justin Butler and wife Amy, Sarah Butler, Matthew Butler and wife Anna, Julie Boss and husband Charles, and children Adam Johnson, Kelsey Johnson and Marialice Warren and husband Ronald, and children Michael Grant and wife Carrie, Jule Knezevich and husband Timothy.
Leo’s surviving Great Grandchildren are Carlyle Bartolacci, Ava Yearing and Christopher and Abigail Butler. His sister is Ann Marie Kincel and his brother is John Higgins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 AM in the chapel of the Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA by the Rev. E. Francis Kelly, Chaplin.
Friends may call in the Maloney Lounge at the Holy Family Residence Tuesday from 4-7PM.
Interment, Cathedral Cemetery
In Lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave Scranton, PA 18509