In memory of
HIGGINS James Francis, age 68, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Providence, RI on February 19, 1948; as a child he moved with his family to Dumont, NJ. He attended high school at Don Bosco Prep, and earned a basketball scholarship to Georgetown University, where he graduated in 1970. His Hoya pride continued over the years as he remained an active alumnus, serving on many Georgetown boards and committees, while always cheering on his cherished Hoya basketball team. After college, Jim began a lengthy career with Dean Witter, moving up the ranks from offices in Worcester, MA; Chicago, IL; and finally back to New York where he retired as President and COO of Morgan Stanley. Jim and his wife Jackie raised their three children in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ; in their retirement years, they lived in Palm Beach, FL and Bay Head, NJ. Jim is pre-deceased by his son Christopher, who passed away in 2008. Jim was the devoted husband to Jacquelyn (ne Zanone), loving father to Erin Kathleen (Doug Davies) and Michael Francis (Susan Amble). Most importantly, he was the devoted Pop-Pop to Molly, Chris and Paige Davies, and Annie, Emma and Henry Higgins. Jim is also survived by his beloved brother Tim Higgins as well as many other extended family members and longtime friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a viewing at C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, 306 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ on Sunday, October 16 from 2-7 PM. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, October 17 at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church in Saddle River, NJ. The burial will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. In the spirit of Jim's generosity, in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to a charity that is close to your heart. Jim will be greatly missed by all his friends and family who will never forget his kindness, generosity and joyful spirit. www.vanemburgh.com
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