OBITUARY: Robert P. Heigham, 68

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.

(NOTE: Obituary from Nichols Funeral Home.)

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