Obituaries

Robert P. Heigham

April 4th, 2015

Robert P. Heigham, age 68, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2015.

Bob was born on September 23, 1946 in Malden, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Walter P. and Evelyn M. (Rees) Heigham. Bob was raised and educated in Burlington.

Following his graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 31, 1966 in Boston. He proudly served during Vietnam, earning several medals for his bravery. After more than three years, Bob was honorably discharged on June 8, 1969 in Oakland, CA.

Bob returned home from the military and settled in Wilmington, where he and Ellen raised their two sons, Paul and Tom. Bob loved the Wilmington community; he volunteered as a soccer coach and was an integral part of the construction of the Shawsheen Field Clubhouse.

Bob’s family was most important to him. He was a loving Dad and proud of his sons and their accomplishments. He was happy to hear of the recent announcement that Tom was getting married. He adored being “Grampy” to Anthony and Lucca. He cherished the holidays spent with the Donovans, as well as the reunions with his brothers and sisters.

Many of his fondest memories came from spending time with his ‘Buds Up’ friends, the Wilmington ‘Fun Club’, and boating at Sebago Lake in ME.

Bob was an extremely hard worker. Through his dedication to his job and his intelligence, Bob worked as a project manager in the construction industry for many years, at Guiterrez, Spaulding & Slye and Iron Mountain.

Robert was the devoted father of Paul J. Heigham & his wife Melissa of Wilmington and Thomas R. Heigham & his fiancé Nicole Pichette of Dorchester, loving “Grampy” of Anthony and Lucca Heigham, cherished son of the late Walter P. and Evelyn M. (Rees) Heigham, dear brother of Richard Heigham of Florida, Evelyn Vautour of Webster and Judith Woodbury of Shrewsbury, brother-in-law of Larry and Janice Donovan of Tewksbury. Robert is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, as well as his former wife and dear friend, Ellen Heigham.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, April 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington on Wednesday, April 8th at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial Donations in Robert’s name may be made to the Bedford VAMC Patient Programs, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

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19 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert P. Heigham”

  1. Debbie Laconte says:

    We shared many happy times together. RIP Bob!

  2. Debbie Laconte says:

    We shared many happy times together both in Wilmington, and up at the lake. Rest in Peace Bob!

  3. Terry (Mortimer) Penny says:

    Bob was one of my classmates @ BHS, Class of 1964. He did not miss many of our Reunions or birthday Parties, and was a beloved class member. As I was an athlete along with Bob during our years at BHS, we got to know each other during basketball practices and after school as we both loved to hang out at the Gym. My heart is saddened by his passing. At our 50th
    Reunion, I spent quite a bit of time with Bob, both talking about our families and the times at BHS. He was really feeling great at that time. My sympathies go out to his Family, siblings, children and all his beloved family members. We will meet again my friend Bob Heigham. You are already missed.

  4. Linda Rowe Cetrone says:

    Bob was a class mate of mine my prayers to his family. He will be missed

  5. Roberta Maugel says:

    My heart is heavy to hear of Bob’s passing. He was an original member of our “Budz Up” group. I met him on Cape Cod when I was 18. A lifelong friend, he never missed our Christmas parties or summer get togethers. Always happy to see everyone. My thoughts and prayers to Ellen, Paul, Tom and extended family. He will be missed.

  6. Arden Smith says:

    My sincere condolences to Ellen and Familyfrom the Smith and Fifield families.

  7. Dan Cogan says:

    Bob’s been a lifelong friend since playing pick up basketball with him at the park and later at BHS. Bob was also part of the group at the Alma Road house or “Hotel” (as the neighbors used to call it) as well as skiing in New Hampshire and staying at the Budz Up Ski Club. Every time I made it back to New England, the guys would get together and reminisce about all the laughs and good times we shared. Bob was a good guy and will be sorely missed, but his memory and the memories we all shared, will live on. Rest in Peace my friend. My deepest sympathy goes out to Ellen, Paul, Tom and the extended family.

  8. Obbie and George says:

    Please accept our loving thoughts, Tom and family. We are sorry for your loss and know you have good memories to hang on to.

  9. Anthony Americo & Lucca Lorenzo says:

    We know we are all feeling so very sad
    That we’ve lost our Grampy, our friend and our dad
    Together we have cried an ocean of tears
    As we think back to memories over the years

    But Grampy would want us to know that he’s in a safe and beautiful place
    And that he is watching us all with a smile on his face
    As we have made him so proud, as proud as can be
    That he has raised such a loving and special family

    Although he has gone we will always be together
    And his spirit will live on in each one of us forever
    When you look to the sky, look for the brightest star
    As that will be Grampy looking down on us from afar

    And now we would like to thank the good Lord above
    For blessing us with our Grampy, with his kindness and love
    Dear God, if it is not too much fuss
    Take extra special care of our Grampy as he is very dear to us

    Grampy, if you are listening watch over us every day
    Be sure to protect us and guide us on our way
    We know when God called you, you had to go
    But we want you to know Grampy we miss you and love you so

    Love
    Anthony Americo & Lucca Lorenzo

  10. Donna Re says:

    Those are beautiful words! I joined the army not long after he joined our family and had wonderful talks about it through the years. You were an amazing man Bob and the world is missing a true hero. Rest in peace Bob.

  11. Jessie Hayes says:

    Too many memories to list but especially our times at Sebago Lake raising our children & just having simple fun with our friends & family, first as our next door neighbor then just down the street. So many boating trips. You and Ellen raised two wonderful sons. Rest in Peace Bob.

  12. The Balestrieri's says:

    Tom, our deepest sympathy’s, thoughts and prayers with for you and your family at this time.

    Kellie & Dave

  13. Judy Maguire says:

    I have so many great memories of Bob and all the fun we had up at Sebago Lake. He was a great guy and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Ellen, Paul, and Tom. Rest in peace my friend.

  14. Daniel Healey says:

    Bob (The Bear) has been a life long friend since high school. Even though I am very saddened, I have many great memories to look back on. He was well liked within his circle of friends. My deepest sympathy goes out to Ellen, Paul ,Tom and extended family. Rest in peace Bob.

  15. Dale Eckelbarger says:

    one vet to another, rest in peace brother

  16. KAREN (BEVIS) WITKUS says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. Remembering all the fun times growing up in Burlington. Great friends and classmates from school.

    My sincere condolances to Bob’s family and friends.

  17. Linda McGilvray says:

    Thinking of you.Heartfelt sympathy to all.

  18. Sue Dowdie says:

    My Deepest Condolences to the Heigham Family. May you find peace, and comfort in all of the wonderful memories you share of your Dad, Brother, Uncle, Friend. God Bless and I will keep you all in my prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Sue Dowdie

  19. Robert Maleszyk says:

    My sincere condolences to the Paul, Tom and Ellen and the rest of the Heigham family. I remember Bob well from the many times we shared on the youth soccer fields in Wilmington. Rest in Peace Bob.

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