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Richard Lewis Higgins
  • 26 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 21, 1988
  • Place of birth:
    Naples, Florida, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 6, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Let the memory of Richard be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Richard Higgins, 26, born on January 21, 1988 and passed away on September 6, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 13th September 2016

"Two Years ago today we laid you in your final resting place. I can remember it as if it was yesterday. No Parent has in their mind the view of what we had that day. The funeral was beautiful, they say. The flowers were incredible, for a funeral that day. All our family and friends were there that day, for a funeral. Our family had been brought together on many days where we were attending someone's funeral, but not someone so young. My Mother went fairly young at the age of 62. That is a young age for any parent to go. But there you were! At 26, your earthly life had come to an end. We all new you were in heaven, a friend of mine had snuck in that Saturday morning of the 13th day of September and spoke with God and made sure that He knew that you were a true believer. I will always remember him for this!
I remember when everyone had left the room kissing you one last time and pulling the blanket up as if you might catch cold. I didn't watch as they closed your casket. I couldn't bear to see it happen. It was a solemn drive to the cemetery. Most everyone was there. I remember the rain was coming down slightly and I could see that we had filled the heavens with Our tears to the point it could hold no more, so it had to let a little fall back to earth, but ever so gently. It was a beautiful place that day, for a funeral. I knew we had found the right spot. It would be awhile before the final days of everything about your resting place would come together, but it was The place that we would come to visit every chance we had, to cry our tears, and talk to you about all the things we didn't get a chance to do when you were with us.
As I sit here, not able to sleep on this day, 5000 miles away, I can see you where you lay as if you were right there in front of me. There are tears that fall, there is some remorse as all of us have, But there is
"Love" God's Love❤️ You are with Him, that I know and that brings so comfort in knowing that because of that, We will see you again my Son of 26 years. That will be a glorious day that We will share and celebrate for an eternity. "Love you Always" Richard Higgins"

This tribute was added by Sandra Harner on 10th July 2016

"Hi my sweet, sweet boy. 22 months and 4 days - it  doesn't get any easier. The pain is so intense and nothing can fill the void or take the pain away. No parent should ever have to go to a cemetery to visit their child. I miss your beautiful blue eyes, your quirky grin, your hugs and how you could always make me laugh. I Love You so, so much, no one who hasn't lost a child can know the gut retching pain, and wondering what could have been done to change the out come. I just thank God that he allowed me to be your mother, it was truly a blessing. I will see you again in Heaven. Rest peacefully my sweet, boy. Love You Always, Mom xoxo"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 10th July 2016

"Good Morning Rich
I don't know how any parent copes with the loss of a son, or a daughter.
I have read many ways that are suggested to be helpful, but I have yet to find one that works. Visiting you is both comforting and also brings back memories but is also a reminder that you are gone and there will be no new memories. I can still here your voice, your laughter, and know that your last words to me were of the enormous love you wanted me to know you had for me. One day, if I had been home, could have changed everything. I would have been able to reach out and hold you tight and changed your destiny. I have tried to convey to every parent the importance of family and staying in touch with each member as often as we can. My only hope is that when my time comes, I will be allowed to enter Heavens Gate and share an eternity with you.
I Love you Rich and I will "Love you Always" ❤️"

This tribute was added by Jodie Higgins on 9th May 2016

"To my Beautiful Cousin Richard, although I never got the privilege to know you in Life, you are in my heart and I will Love you in Spirit Forever. I know you are  watching over your amazing family.  Love to you sweet Angel. Xoxo"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 8th May 2016

"Hello Richard
Time is flying bye. Everyday I still miss you not being here to talk to, hang out, go to dinner. The loss of a son is without question the most pain that any father can feel. I visit you as often as I can and we talk about things that are going on but you know all that already. I look at your pictures and the few letters that I have and wonder how after 26 years I have so little to look back on. I hope your doing well. It's Mother's day tomorrow so you might want to check in on your Mom, she is having a real hard time. I will "Love you Always" my Son of 26 years."

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 21st January 2016

"Happy Birthday Rich It is the 21st day of January, A day that for 26 years we celebrated the day of your birth.  This year is the second of many we will celebrate your eternal day of birth into the Kingdom of Heaven. Truly a day of celebration if not for our humanity that will not allow us to forget what it was like to be with you in the physical world. Your smile, your humor, the love you had for everyone. There will be many other first of days in this new year of 2016, but none as difficult as this day. We will do our best to be those warriors of Gods faith but forgive us if for this one day, the 21st day of January, we give into our humanity and recognize what we have truly lost.
"Love you Always" Rich until the day we meet in Heaven and I can hold you in my arms for eternity."

This tribute was added by Sandra Harner on 5th January 2016

"My sweet, sweet boy. Tomorrow will be 16 months since the last time, i could touch you, kiss your sweet face, pray to God to let you stay! Time does not heal the hurt, not a day goes by that I don't cry for you. But, there are some days that I think back on some good memories and I can smile through my tears. I promised you in those dark hours, that if you had to go to Heaven, I would be OK. I'm trying baby, but it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do, except watching you die. I know you are in Heaven and one day I'll be there with you and I want one of your smiles and one of your wonderful hugs. Miss you, Love you always, Mom xo"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 5th January 2016

"Tomorrow is the 6th of another month that you have been gone. We made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Not without an incredible amount of reflection and looking at all the pictures of you we have shared. Once in awhile someone finds a new one that has been lost and you would think we were a kid in the candy store. It is very hard to look at your pictures and see you, knowing that it is all we have of you. I can't ever imagine being capable of not breaking down, crying a river of tears, and asking Why? I will "Love you Always" I pray and hope that one day I will see you again, and then, for an eternity we can be together. Dad"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 6th September 2015

"Good Morning Richard
Today is that Day! One year ago an Angel came and escorted you to Heaven. It was a great day for you as you no longer suffered, it was a very sad day for us as the fight was over to keep you here with us. Gods Will Be Done.and as I prayed I asked for the strength to accept His will. We are all coming to see you today and will join in Prayer to Celebrate your first Heavenly Birthday. We still have questions, we still have a difficult time accepting that you are gone! All that we can do is to keep your memories in our hearts and know that we will see you again. I Will " Love you Always" ❤️"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 31st July 2015

"Good Morning Richard I was thinking about the time it's been and how we are coming closer to that one year anniversary since you went to heaven. I know it's going to be a big challenge for you know who so I wanted to give you a heads up and maybe you could start working on her now to soften the blow a little the rest of us will feel it to because we still feel the pain and the realization that your never coming home BUT, You are Home, your in Heaven of this I am sure and I wanted you to know that your face, your smile are in my  thoughts every day "love you Always""

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 4th July 2015

"Hello Richard, today is a day that we reflect on and look back and recall all the things that have allowed us to celebrate another Happy 4th of July. A day of recognition of the price that has been paid by so many. As I sit here and reflect, of course my thoughts come back to you and how God Blessed me with an incredible Son to watch over, to have vigilance over your life. To guide you, nurture you until you were ready to take over the role and start your Independence of your life. I looked away and lost track for a time. A time that was when you needed me to be most vigilant. I Thank you God for taking Richard back under your protection. It is very hard to say this and some might even criticize it but I never question your judgement even if I might not understand. He has returned to his happy soul, his smile infecting everyone that see's him and bringing laughter to every moment. In a few days, it will be 10 months of your passing and soon one year. I pray that God will forgive me for my failure and that you will have another chance at life one day, to know the Joy of finding a True soulmate, raising a family, sharing in what it's like to have grand children, and growing old with that one special person and then reuniting with us in Heaven after you have lived a full life and we will share eternity together.
I will "Love you Always" in my heart & thoughts daily for the Eterinty that God has promised."

This tribute was added by Sandra Harner on 28th February 2015

"Hi Buddy. Well another day without you, who ever said it would get easier, lied.  It broke my heart more to have to come celebrate your birthday at a cemetery. We will be coming to see you in a little while. I love and miss you so much my precious boy. Love you Always, mom xoxo"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 4th February 2015

"Hello Rich! We celebrated your birthday on the 21st. It was good that we had everyone there and we had cupcakes with candles, we sang Happy Birthday, and yes we cried!! We all miss you so much and even though we are all in agreement you are in a better place and happy, not being able to reach out and touch you, hold you, it hasn't gotten any better. I posted some of the birthday pictures for everyone. I also found a picture I took of you and Ryan, I think the last picture so I wanted to post that as well. Yes, we are all still struggling with this but we all agree on one thing! We will "Love you Always""

This tribute was added by Jenn Higgins on 21st January 2015

"Today my Richie Rich, I light a candle for you in honor of your birthday! You may be gone from our earth but never forgotten. Missa flew all the way here just so we could all be together again as we wished you a happy birthday in Heaven! At times this whole this still feels like a bad nightmare that I can't wake up from. I just pray your playing and laughing in Heaven having the best birthday ever! Love you and miss ya buddy! Xo love you always!"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 26th December 2014

"Hello Rich, Christmas is over and it hurt every bit & more than I thought it would. I know you are ok, I know you are looking over us, I just can't
adjust to not seeing you physically. Not going to dinner, not seeing you on the weekends, just plain not seeing you at all. I do look to heaven and see you there smiling down and watching over us, but it's not the same. There will never be a time that this feeling can ever get better because until my time comes, I will miss you every single day until, God willing, I meet you in Heaven! Keep smiling, "Love you Always""

This tribute was added by Sandra Harner on 15th December 2014

"My sweet, sweet baby boy. Christmas is just around the corner and I remember you always opening up your present's with a comforter wrapped around you. I am going to put one out in front of the tree on Christmas Eve. Oh, Buddy, I miss you so much, my heart aches all the time. Nothing is the same. I need one of your hugs, and smiles. It's been a little over three months since you left us and it hasn't gotten any easier. This Christmas we are going to be missing our sweet, funny boy.
I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!! xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Jenn Higgins on 10th December 2014

"Just wanted to say miss ya buddy! I love this time of year the Christmas season, the lights, all of the joy and singing, the decorations. It's all so beautiful, the kids and all of the fun activities and it's all great but then there is always this piece missing. Then I think of Christmas Day and you won't be with us for the first time, it just seems not possible, not real! I hope your 1st Christmas in Heaven is more wonderful and joyous than anything here on earth could even imagine! Love you always my Richie Rich! Xo"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 9th December 2014

""Gone to Soon" is an under statement! As I look back over the years of photographs that we have been sharing I am smiling because it brings back a lot of good memories about what a great Son you were! Truly amazing!! I know there is  nothing I can do or offer to have you back so I am going to, as Melissa has said, say Thank You for giving me 26 Wonderful years of allowing me the privilege of being your Dad.
I will  "Love you Always""

This tribute was added by Jenn Higgins on 10th November 2014

"Hey Richie, visited you yesterday! Let me tell ya buddy I still can't stand there and not cry, I cry because I miss you and I think about what all could have been here on earth for you! You are loved still even though you not here on earth and it does not get easier, at least not now. Ryan was over and was running around the living room playing with the kids it was so nice to see him smile, laugh and play with them. It also brought back memories of when you used to play with Ally like that. So in closing we love you and miss you tons! Love you always and I pray your in heaven playing with nothing but sunshine, joy and peace every single minute!"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 10th November 2014

"Katerina and I visited you Sunday as always and brought you a present. It is a bird feeder which we hope will bring you many playmates for you to enjoy and maybe a little music. It is as Steven said, there is a part of me that is missing and I have no way of ever filling it. The thought of not seeing you in the physical presence is overwhelming. As a parent, it is written that no child shall go before us! I can look back and judge so many of the things in my life that I could/would change if it would change what has happened. I don't know what the time is that you might be reborn, maybe you already have and you have started a new life already. I hope it is a better one. I pray that it is a longer one.
"Love you Always" Rich"

This tribute was added by Steven Higgins on 5th November 2014

"Its been two months since you left us, and I can't say that it has gotten any easier.  Its like a piece of us was ripped away and left a whole that can never be filled again.  I miss you tremendously and wish I could just pinch myself and wake up from this horrible nightmare.  Though the tears may come less often as time goes by, rest assured that the memories we have will never fade.  Rest in peace little brother.  Untill we meet again in heaven."

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 8th October 2014

"Hello Rich,
So Monday was one month since you left us! I can't say it was easy but we made it through. I was so happy to find in a old briefcase a ton of pictures of you and everyone else. I will add them here over the next few days for you to see. I went on your Facebook and acknowledged that I was your Dad. You have been pending as my son for quite some time and I didn't want to leave it that way. I hope you are having a great time. Tomorrow is Katerina's birthday, she'll be 7 so don't forget to give her a kiss. I miss you!  Love you Always Dad"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 21st September 2014

"Good Morning Richard. Katerina and I visited your resting place this morning. She loves coming to see you because of all the trees surrounding you and the deer family that seems to be always watching over you and welcoming us when we come. I am so happy that we found such a beautiful place for you and as each of our terms come to be with you we have plenty of room to share, I made sure of that. It has been two weeks since we laid you to rest and it has certainly had its ups and downs, but I know that you will be waiting for us and looking down on us with those blue eyes and incredible smile. I miss you so much and i know one day the pain will go away and I will be able to celebrate your eternal life in heaven. Just know it is going to take some time as I wasn't even close to wanting to let go. "Love you Always" Dad"

This tribute was added by Frank Garofalo on 19th September 2014

"Dear Bob:

I am so sorry for you and your family. The loss of a child, no matter what age, is beyond the "natural order of life". We expect our children
to outlive us, but God may have other plans. He will heal your grief over
time, your good memories will keep your son alive in your heart and make you smile. May God bless you."

This tribute was added by Sandra Harner on 18th September 2014

"My sweet baby boy. This seems like a very BAD dream. You were such a special person. I loved your beautiful blue eyes, I loved the way you could make people laugh and how you didn't lose your sense of humor even during your lowest times, but most of all I will miss talking to you, and you giving me one of your special hugs. I love you and miss you so much. Always love you for ever and ever, Mom xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Karen Sineri on 12th September 2014

"Richard, you are loved deeply by your family and friends and will be greatly missed.  Even though the miles were between us over the years, you have always been in my heart. You left a big impact on many peoples lives and showed us what love looks like!  My prayers for your grieving parents, brothers, sisters, extended family and close friends. Love you always, Aunt Karen"

This tribute was added by Edward Aleo on 12th September 2014

"My deepest sympathies with the family and friends of Richard Higgins.
Gone way too soon..but he's in peaceful heaven now...."

This tribute was added by Debbie Neighbor on 11th September 2014

"My condolences go out to the family and friends of Richard.  From reading about him I know he will be missed and was loved by many.  No matter what, it can truly be said that death is an enemy and soon it will be brought to nothing (1Cor. 15:26).  I have found much comfort in the Bibles promise of a resurrection hope of our loved ones at John 5:28, 29 and hope you will too.  Death was never a part of Gods original purpose, in fact he yearns to soon bring an end to it and the suffering it causes your family and friends.  Revelation 21:4 states: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.  The former things have passed away."  I did not know Richard, but I read his obituary and I hope these scriptures will help to bring some comfort knowing that others care.  If you would like to learn more about the Bibles promises and the hope it brings, please feel free to contact me."

This tribute was added by Cynthia Frank on 9th September 2014

"Dear Higgins family,
  What a beautiful young man Richard was. I was closest to Ryan as he was my baby brothers best friend. Ryan was at our house constantly and not to far behind would be the cutest blonde haired blue eyed miniature Ryan. I am deeply saddened for the Higgins family. My family loved Ryan so much and feel so sorry for his grief and Mr. and Mrs. Higgins overwhelming sense of sadness.  May you find some comfort in one another through love and memories. Talk to Richard every day and keep his memory close to you. Love to you all!!! Cindy Bond"

This tribute was added by Robert Higgins on 9th September 2014

"" Love you Always" Rich There is not a minute that goes by you are not in my thoughts. I know I will survive these days but at the moment I miss you so much it almost doesn't matter. I have spent the last few days trying to figure how this happened. I am not sure the answer will ever come. We will celebrate your life on Saturday when we lay you to your final resting place but rest assured we are all going to be there with you when it comes our time. "Love you Always" Dad"

This tribute was added by Jean Moore on 8th September 2014

"Well be missed by family and friends . Remember you asking a lot of questions when you were little :) Love you Richard , now is your chance to shine high on your star , be our guardian angel from above ."

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