|Patrolman James P. Higgins died from consumption
Sunday evening at his home, 18 Jay street. His illness began four years ago with an attack of pleurisy
and from its effects he never fully recovered. His last day's police work was performed January
23, 1917, at the city stable, where he had been on duty several months. He made a brave fight against
the disease and insisted on performing police duty whenever it was possible.
He was appointed a member of the reserve force
November 30, 1911, and was made a regular member
of the department on April 8, 1915. He was a plumber
by trade. Patrolman Higgins was a member of Mt.
Benedict Council, No. 75, K. of C., and Somerville
Police Relief Association. He was born in Somerville
February 7, 1874, and was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth
(McIntyre) Higgins, of Warwick Street, this city,
and the late John Higgins.
Besides a mother he leaves a widow, Mrs. Melvina
[sic] V. (Delorie) Higgins, and five children,
John E., twelve; Elizabeth M., ten; James J., nine;
Agnes M., seven; Helen T., four years old; and two
brothers, Alexander M. Higgins, a Medford police
officer, and John H. Higgins, who lives with the
A largely attended funeral service was held Wednesday morning at St. John's Church, Massachusetts
avenue, North Cambridge, where a requiem high mass
was celebrated by Rev. John R. McCool. Burial was at
Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. The pallbearers were
Patrolman Thomas F. McNamara, Dennis Neylon, Arthur
S. Walsh, Thomas P. Walsh, representing Mt. Benedict Council, K. of C., and Fred J. Boutin and John
McIntyre, of this city, friends of the family. The
police escort, in charge of Sergeant James M. Lynch,
consisted of Patrolmen Charles W. Shepherd, Walter
L. Groves, Harry C. Young, Walter Reed, F. G. Jones,
G. L. Rice, T. F. Sharry, C. W. Reick, Alexander
Morrison and Reserve Officers J. F. Cruise, T. F. J.
Long and John P. L. O'Keefe.