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December 6, 2012

Thanks Given to a Southie Friend.

By Bob Linehan

James M. Higgins was born on Christmas Day in 1956, which was a special way to start a special life. He grew up in the Old Harbor Projects. As a young boy, he spent most of his time in Columbia Park (Moakley Park) playing baseball and football or on the basketball courts at the project. At a young age Jimmy became a gifted athlete and a true leader amongst his peers. After Southie High, Jim went to U Mass Amherst to see what life was like outside Southie. After graduating from college and spending a few years as a Capital Cop in Washington, D.C., Jim’s Dad “Champ” took sick so he had to come home to take care of him. That was when he realized how much he missed Southie. Back home for good Jimmy started a family with Joyce Tinlin Higgins. They had two sons, Jimmy Jr. and Jacky. He also completed law school and became a great lawyer. Not busy enough, he started another family called OHAC- Old Harbor Athletic Club, which had its headquarters at the soon to be famous Quiet Man Pub. Here is where the friendship grew into a family; Jimmy was always one of its leaders. He also coached Little League, Babe Ruth, Sr. Babe Ruth, Pop Warner and more. When Jim had his own law practice, he became the go-to legal guy for most around. A lot of local organizations relied on his legal expertise like South Boston Pop Warner, OHAC, Southie Fire Fund, Quiet Man Memorial, Great Southie Reunion, and many more. And not to mention all the personal work for friends. He never refused anyone and probably never fully charged them. It was the “Higgins Touch”.

As a group, our families grew up together and hung around together. We even still vacation on the Cape together every summer. Jim was always there for anyone as a friend. To quite a few of us, he was more a brother than a close friend and we miss him dearly.

On Friday, December 7th at 6:00 PM at Florian Hall we are going to kick off the Christmas Season with a night for Jim Higgins. A time to laugh, dance, listen to old stories, and so on, to celebrate Jim’s life in the true spirit of Christmas and help support his family. Let’s show a true Son of Southie how much we miss and appreciate him.


Bob Linehan

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