- 60 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 9, 1955
- Place of birth:
Walnut Creek, California, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 11, 2016
- Place of passing:
Antioch, California, United States
|Pat touched so many lives of friends and family, he will can never be forgotten. What a guy!|
This memorial website was created in memory of our much loved Patrick Higgins, 60, born on August 9, 1955 and passed away on April 11, 2016. We will remember him forever.
To honor and remember Pat, please leave tributes below and stories (click on tab). We'd love your photos - please add to the Gallery!!! ~We thank you! ~
Service - Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
St Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 555 3rd Ave, Crockett, CA 94525
Pat's "See Ya Bye" Party to follow at nearby Boy Scout Hall
991 Loring Ave, Crockett, CA 94525
Patrick Sean Higgins was born on August 9, 1955. Pat passed away on April 11, 2016 from bile duct cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends to the very last second. He leaves behind two sons, three brothers and two sisters, along with an extraordinary set of cherished close friends and support system.
Pat was a fireman’s fireman, and always gave 110%. He loved hanging out with friends, old and new. If firemen were there, it was even better.
Campfires and house fires, any kind of fire
Old Ford Mustangs
Old muscle cars
4 wheel drives
Girls and Guns
Dr. Pepper (in a bottle only)
Motorcycles, old and new
Oldies 60’s - 70’s music
Holding court with his friends
Wrestling, high school and college
Finding a deal
Making a deal
The United States Military
The National Anthem
~ Pat will be deeply missed by all who knew him. When Pat was done with a conversation or phone call, he always signed off with the words “see ya bye” ~
"So , October 8th and 9th , 2016 , We took a Ride (a Street Ride) in Pat's Honor . Brother Jim, Rob, Ron, Eric, Dana, Gary, Kenny, Dickie & Self were on the Lightly Publicized Ride over Four Mountain Passes ending up in Angels Camp . We clinked a Glass of Bud to Patrick at every Tavern from W.C. to Shetland Ct. on the Route over Carson, Luther, Kingbury and Ebbetts Passes . Guess We should repeat next Year ! Would You join in , in 2017 ?"
"Pat Higgins: Always happy, Always smiling, and had a great laugh. Ever the optimist, lived life in the fast lane now matter which lane. So many great memories. An awesome coach, a great motivator, just loved to Coach. Many of those lessons and technics I've used over the years with my teams and kids. Pat touched so many peoples lives in a easy going positive way. Everyone loved to be around him. Every winter in the wrestling room alumni would come back to visit. I remember Pat coming to practice in Firefighting Uniform, Coaching practice while sitting on desk and drinking a DR. Driving fast in his Mustang, Playing pool at his house and the Hut. Camping in Squaw Valley after Hitchcock Camp, Driving to Nebraska for Junior Olympics 1981. Having Pizza and a beer at Pink's. So many great times, thanks for all of the confidence you built in me and thanks for being a great friend. I will always be proud to have know Pat Higgins.
Also from the Mayes family to all of the Higgins's we love you and are sorry for your loss. You know Jim, John, Mike, Dan, Matt, Mary, Sheila you are in our thoughts. Joyce I agree Pat had such great thoughtfulness and consideration for everyone else. See Ya"
"Today is Pat's birthday, he would have been 61,sure do miss him!! Going to have to have a Budweiser for him today!"
"I found out yesterday about Pat,
Shocked, Disbelief and Sadness are a few words that come to mind.
I knew Pat for about 22 years,
Best times - Higdoo, Fun Train, Nascar at Sonoma and Hangin at the Hut.
Pat was the Original "Fine Guy"
I learned so much from Pat over the years, I just wished I could have told Pat how much his friendship meant to me.
My condolences to Pats family.
Pat, you where taken from us too soon. You will be missed deeply, so glad I have many great memories!!!
-See Ya Bye-"
"Just found out about the horrific news, I am devastated and heart broken. Can someone please call me and let me know where Patrick is at so I can pay my respects. 1 925-943-7464"
"As we come up on the one-month anniversary of your passing, I still cannot believe it. I only knew you for a very short time and am happy I had the opportunity. You definitely were a man of character and did not shy away from letting your opinion known. Every time you turned on the TV and it was on CNN you always gripped at me!!! I also learned a lot about music which was always fun. I cannot type enough how thankful I am for everything that you did. You affected so many people’s lives and in the end, I do believe we are measured by our actions and choices. The memories and stories people tell of you will be spoken of a very long time! SEE YA BYE!!!"
"Patrick, it's been difficult, but I know you are in a better place. Gone too soon, but you will never be forgotten in my heart. I first met Patrick in 2001, at my Brother in Law Mickeys wedding. It took place in Riverside and Patrick was there and needed to be on a plane, to work the NASCAR Race on Sunday. He had no idea how he was going to get to the airport in Ontario. Well, only knowing the guy for about a day and a half, I offered to give him a ride and let me tell you, he NEVER forgot the favor. I was known as ONE OF THE MEXICANS, and it was an honor and a Blessing to share such wonderful memories with Patrick. Not a day goes by, that I do not think of him. Patrick will always be FOREVER in my Heart, Thoughts and Prayers. Gone too soon, Love you Buddy!! See Ya Bye...."
"Crushed to hear about Pat's passing. He used to call me the Jolly One, but I'm not so jolly now. My prayers go out to his family, and I guess I will forgive myself for riding the Honda 90 from Higdoo to Squaw Valley in trail gear and burning out the engine. I will spend tomorrow looking for Dr. Pepper and will pepper up at 10, 2, and 4. See ya!"
"I didn't know Mr. Higgins personally, but after reading the beautiful obituary and the loving comments he seemed like an amazing and very loving guy. This touches me close to home because my uncle is a retired fireman. I and all the families that he's helped are so very grateful for the work he has done as a fireman.
Losing someone that meaningful to us personally and the community is always a hard thing. But there is a hope that we are given in the Bible. John 5 28, 29 tells us that we will be able to see our lost loved ones again where it says "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life..." Please let these words find you at peace and bring you the comfort that they have brought to me."
It's been a long time. The last time I saw you, I believe we were on opposing ends of a pair of cue sticks — upon the mention of which, everyone who knows you will immediately reflect that there never was a more fierce competitor. Thanks for the memories... and for sharing a few steps down the road, in what were probably our most trying years. I still see you. I've always remembered you. None of us are that far behind. I'll see you on the other side. Until then, rest in peace brother Patrick. I promise that every campfire we ever light will be held in yours — and others' — honor.
But no more Doctor Pepper.
"As a tenant of Pat's I must refer to Dave's tribute! We felt as welcomed as old friends would be. It was his nature! The coincidence is funny as I was sung to by many as a teenager, the song, Who'll take that woman with da skinny legs?, and always wondered, Pat, why don't you ever call me by my name? Pat was well loved by every life he touched and will truly be missed forever. It was a gift to have the pleasure of knowing him and his beloved and the devoted friends and family we did meet. A true life and legacy. Pat was a rare man, indeed."
"Jon Riley Sr will be the first in a long line of Brothers waiting at the gates to welcome Pat to heaven. Even tho Pat could drive him crazy he loved him like a son.
Jim and family you are all in my prayers"
"The first time I experienced Pat's unique personality was when Captain Mercer ordered Pat to cook dinner that night... and being the apprentice assigned to Rescue 77 (Yeah, back in the day), I asked if he needed me to pick up anything from the grocery store... Pat said he got it... At about 4:30 pm the firehouse started to reek of a horrible odor coming from the kitchen stove... I asked Pat what we're having for dinner... He replied, " Take a look!" In a giant pot of boiling water was a bunch of ivy from the fence that separated the fire station driveway to the next-door neighbor's house. Needless to say, we all had Nation's Hamburger's that night and Pat was never ordered to cook again...that is one of the many great stories about Pat."
"I first met Pat as a wannabe Firefighter in my early 20's to see if he would help me study :-). Showed up at the "compound" he shared with some Brothers. First thing he wanted to see was how much I could bench press, on the weight set that was in the living room, right in front of the TV! I'll be damned.
Pat and I had several levels to our relationship over the years. He was a Mentor who showed me the meaning of what it took to be a real firemen and evolved to Brothers having too much fun in the Firehouse and around the Campfire. When I was promoted to Captain he was my Driver on truck 21 and we entered into our relationship which consisted of him always watching my back as my right hand and me Covering his backside as his Supervisor, and we both had tough jobs! I will never forget my ole Man laughing his ass off when I got promoted and assigned to Truck 21 "Now YOU can try and keep Higgy out of trouble!" Merton loved Pat like a son and he let us know very loudly how much "he loved us" !
Pat saved my ass many times over the years and we fought a lot of fire together. But what I will remember the most about Pat was how talented he was in teaching young people how to do the job the right way in a manner that would keep it fun but always kept it real.
His mark will be left on the Vallejo Fire Department for generations as the lessons we all learned from him are passed down, sometimes as Legend, to future generations. And he will always have a special place in my heart for helping to make my son Conor the man he is today by always reinforcing the work ethic and attitude needed to be a Mans Man!
See Ya Bye Brother......"
"There was a very unique, calm assurance that came with walking into the firehouse and seeing Pat with his feet up on the dayroom table while balancing a Dr. Pepper or Diet Coke on its edge. A look at his face would reveal a broad smile that was his signature mix of mischief, calm confidence, and unique good nature. Pat's presence wouldn't guarantee a good day, but it solved so many concerns knowing the best of the best was at the wheel, and at the pedestal. Nobody who truly needed the fire department would ever have someone who would work harder to save them, and no fireman in peril had better life insurance. The only topic Pat knew nothing about was the concept of giving up. Rest in (blue chair) peace brother, NASCAR season is here."
"As Lee Ann wrote "never a dull moment" if Pat was in the fire house.
Pat was the one you wanted to have your back on a call.
Rest in Peace Pat."
"I met Pat in 1984 when I went to work at the Vallejo Fire Department and there was never a dull moment after that!!! Someone else said "Pat lived life out loud" and that is the God's truth and the best way I can say it. Suffice it to say there was one hell of a reunion in Heaven when Pat went through the gates! So until we meet again Patrick Sean, " see ya' bye"."
"Word's of wisdom found in John 5:28,29 show that we will see Pat's giving spirit again and we all long for that day!"
"Pat, Captain Mercer and F/F Mike Ortiz were my first crew members when I got hired here in Vallejo Fire. Pat was instrumental in teaching me how to be a real truckman. Starting with the tiller training at a high rate of speed no less. He taught me to be on my toes and always give 100% to the job of a fireman. Yes Pat was and always will be a real fireman. He taught me how to ventilate a structure fire properly to protect the attack crew inside. He also taught me about loyalty and unionism toward our fellow brothers and sisters in the dept. These skills I never forget. He was always there for me when I needed support for a life challenge. He made me feel at ease when I was a new rookie. He also taught me that for people like him who hated green peas, Campbell's soup made "Scotch Broth". I have many great memories working with Pat on many emergency incidents. Pat, to your family my heart goes out to them however I know you will always be nearby. Thank you Pat for what you have given to Vallejo Fire. I will miss you brother......"over and out"."
"There was never a dull moment working with Pat, enjoyed every minute of it. RIP."
"There were a lot of "firsts" for me Because of Pat, most notably at Higdew or however he spelled it? The lessons I have taken from Pat; a sense of pride, a sense of family and a sense of humor. He was the original "Wally". My heartfelt condolences to Jim and the rest of the family. Thanks Coach!"
"I will always remember Pat smiling. The first time I met him he sang some lyrics to a song with "Marylou, you took my watch & chain." I insisted it was Betty Lou, but he brought the song to Fellowship one day & of course he was right. I learned not to argue with him about ANY song. I will miss his sincere hugs & smiling face."
"Pat.... I am so honored to call you friend, but you were so much more than that....I don't believe you ever met a stranger. Always happy to make new friends and always supportive and caring of your old friends. You welcomed me into your life, and brought so much laughter and sunshine into mine. A dedicated fireman, a devoted wrestling coach, and a loyal friend....you exemplified "hero" every day. I guess heaven needed a hero, because you left us way to soon. Until we meet again my friend...See ya bye...."
"Pat you left us to soon I will always remember all the Higdo weekends I went to all the fun we had over the years. I will keep the Higdo do traditional life. Pat and I will always remember you as the leader you were I'm going to miss you buddy See ya bye. Jim t"
"Pat I will never ever forget the laughter and fun we had in our years at DV. You always brought a small storm of fun! Sometimes crazy and sometimes even more crazy!"
"To all of you wrestlers, it means so much to hear from all of you guys. Pat and I had such good times with Campo!! It was an amazing time in our lives!Keep the stories coming.
It meant so much that some of you made it in time to visit with him.Some of the last before he passed away were Peni Inukihanganna and Ray Trujillo, he was so pleased to see you all."
"To my friend, my coach
Pat touched many young men's lives like no other Coach could. Straight talker who would drop you for talking any shit.
I still tell stories of my wrestling days, taught my boys what he taught me, have fond memories of being on his team's, going to Squaw Valley camps and Silver Creek afterwards, Love Ave, mustangs and so much more
Campo class of 1985"
"Pat lived around the corner from me while he and his brother coached Campolindo High's wrestling program. He would have us (Steve Pacheco, Joe Pangelinan and I), over to his house to play pool and talk wrestling. We spent hours around that pool table just being wrestler's and talking about life. We lost contact when I went to College and I have always remembered the time we spent together. I am Proud to say that Pat was my friend. I love you coach and I will miss you."
"I forever owe Pat for the success I had in wrestling. He recruited me when I was only a large 8th grader, from day one I was to be his "Fatman." hated the name, but for some reason it was OK when only Pat called me by it. Pat let me come to the practices before I even entered High School, not really sure if this was allowed. Pat and Jim pushed me every step, getting up for the early Saturday tournaments and long practices, those two guys were almost always there. They did this while working their fireman jobs also. It was a great time in my life. The memories are all great at this time, from the fight after the Miramonte match, "Higdo," Pinky's Pizza, Marlow cutting weight, Entire team qualifying for NCS almost, FAL titles, Wrestling Camp, even driving to the tournaments with Pat was a memory in it's self. I owe Pat and Jim together for a part of who I am today. Thanks guys. I am glad I got to say good buy to Pat this summer at Micky's party."
"Pat was one of kind, he lived life out loud but sadly wasn't allowed to keep hollering. May the Great Spirit give light to your path and the clouds of sorrow never rest upon your journey."
"Pat was one of a kind. He was always the life of the party, with a smile on his face and a song to serenade the guests. Once you met him you never forgot him. Although most people saw the happy go lucky side of him, he was also caring, kind and considerate and was not afraid to sit down and have a heartfelt conversation with you. That is the side of Pat that I will always hold dear in my heart."
"Pat always welcomed people into his group. He welcomed me with open arms and enjoyed all the time I spent with him and Martha. You will be greatly missed. Love you both MUCHO"
Heaven just became a more popular destination, keep the camp fire lit for me!
Now that your there, please keep Norm Markus from running through the fire! Rest in peace brother,"
"He was a crazy, happy, full of life guy. We will all miss him."
For a man that lived Larger Than Life, stood up for right and wrong.
A true friend. We lost a legend, We lost a dear soul.
Rest at Peace Pat.
You will live forever in our hearts
"I did not know Pat really well, but we crossed paths many times over the years. I worked with his brother Mike at Simon Hardware during my high school and college years. And I, like Pat and his other brother, am a firefighter also, in Hayward. I remember testing with Vallejo many years ago, and Pat was very supportive in my new career choice. We occasionally crossed paths in our neighborhood, living down the street from each other in Pleasant Hill. When a brother firefighter goes down, we all feel it. Godspeed Pat!"
"Pat is the firemans, fireman. He would take the time to help anyone with anything, even if it wasn't exactly on his things to do list. If I ever found Dr Pepper in the bottle, I always got Pat some too. He supported me at City Hall during my fight to get my job at the Fire Department as we were both color blind. He will be missed by so many people that he touched in 60 years and he deserved so many more years. I won't miss being shown any wrestling moves, but will miss his Elvis. Gods Speed Higgy."
"Cut my first vent hole with Pat when I was brand new. Was pumpin me up the whole time saying, "thatta boy kid!" Was nervous as hell but he kept my confidence high. He had a way of doing that to people. Pat was the heart and soul of station 1, entertainment with one liners and lyrics all day. However the best memory I have with Pat has nothing to do with work. I was going through the toughest time in my life when Pat invited me to Angels Camp. We drank plenty of beer, tore around in a gator, shot guns and everything else that can make someone forget about all their problems. He was that kind of person and I'm sure there are plenty of more Pat stories like mine and then some! Wherever death has taken you, I'm sure it's gonna be a good time up there! Love Pat!"
"Being part of the family, I’m going to write this tribute directly to Pat. (I know he can hear me.)
"Pat, my brother-in-law of many years, we’ve known each other since we were 15. Early memories of us sitting across from each other in Mrs Clark’s 9th grade World History class. And you at 95 lbs on Del Valle’s wrestling team. One of my most fun memories is when you let me spin donuts with your Jeep in the orange grove near the Porterville house (23574 Ave 124 - I still remember the Higgins address there!)
You, Pat, were a character. No doubt about it. I watched you grow up, through all those crazy stages.
Fast-forward to now, sweet brother-in-law — this last week of your time on earth I was blessed beyond measure as I witnessed your courage, attention to detail, your heart’s desires, thoughtfulness, graciousness and humbleness — all these things shining through in a way I’d never seen before - you were amazing!!! Pat, brave man, we saw you off and rejoice we’ll meet again!"
"One night of many at the local watering hole, Dallimonti's Italian Restaurant, Pat had promised to sing, and to show up. Well, it wasn't long before the song book was out and selections were being scribbled on note for the karoake jockey. One thing led to another, and the songs got crazier, of course. I think I did a Joe Tex tune called Skinny Legs--"who'll take that woman with da skinny legs?"..along the way, pretty sure Pat did a good renditon of Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" which is always a favorite...you get the picture. Well, next time it was Pat's turn he comes up with a real crowd pleaser---obviously, Pat's best talent was being the humor guy...you might have heard it...by David Alan Coe...here's the end of that song lyric lines, everyone who hadn't been a country music fan suddenly laughed their asses off and Pat was their HERO ! (Patrick Higgins--so funny and so loved)
"Well, I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison
And I went to pick her up in the rain
But before I could get to the station in a pickup truck
She got run'd over by a damned old train
And I'll hang around as long as you will let me
And I never minded standing in the rain
You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
You never even called me, well, I wonder why you don't call me
Why don't you ever call me by my name?""
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