Peter Brennan Higgins, Esq.
Peter was born to John and Delia Higgins in Springfield, Mass., and earned his law degree from Boston College. He and his wife of 63 years, Joanne, came to Oregon from Boston in 1959, following his two older brothers to Portland. They chose to raise their family in Tigard, spending the last 15 years in the Summerfield Community. Peter was an Oregon State Bar member for over 50 years, beginning his career with the Portland law firm Black Helterline, LLP followed by a decade as an independent attorney in downtown Portland. In 1978 he began his role as an assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon, where he worked until his retirement.
Peter was known for his deep intellect, humor and community involvement. He shared his love of the outdoors with his young family by putting them all, and the dog, into a station wagon and heading to camp at various parks throughout Oregon and to float on nearby rivers. Peter often sang Irish ditties to his children and later, to his grandchildren - moments treasured by all.
He and Joanne enjoyed extensive travel and cruises throughout the world. He was an avid reader and loved golf, music, poetry, history, the theatre, card games, and growing tomatoes. In retirement, he volunteered at Meridian Park Hospital and the Tigard Library and enjoyed delivering and discussing books with people unable to leave their homes. He provided Meals (and books) on Wheels and supported several Summerfield committees, serving as a golf host for guests and tournaments.
He is survived by four children (and spouses), Kevin (Kim), Catherine (John Everitt), James (Stephanie) and Calen (Udo Trost); by six grandchildren - Laurel, Stephanie, Diana, Alicia, Colin and Gigi; and three great-grandchildren. Robert, his son, predeceased him. Peter's beloved wife Joanne just passed in July 2019.
Peter's family will hold a private gathering in remembrance of this unforgettable man. Donations in Peter's name may be sent to the Broadway Rose Theater, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard, OR, 97223.