Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.

73 North Liberty Drive, Stony Point, NY


Robert M. Gavan

January 20, 1946September 26, 2019

Robert M. Gavan, 73, passed away on September 26, 2019 after a short but fierce battle with cancer. He fought each day with amazing strength and positivity. He died peacefully with family by his side.

Robert was born in the Bronx, NY on January 20, 1946 to Joseph Gavan and Mary Murphy. He attended and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School. He then served his country in the Army and joined the New York Police Academy. He worked as a Police Officer and then retired as a Sergeant after 26 years in the NYPD. Upon retirement, he worked for 10 more years as a Security Supervisor at Fordham University.

Robert married the love of his life Lydia Vidal on November 1, 1969. They had five children together: Bobby (Jessica) Gavan, Brain Gavan, Kelly Gavan, Colleen Gill (Michael), and Timothy Gavan. Robert was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Megan, Liam, Logan, Kaden, Emily, Julia, Cameran, Jordyn, Regan, and Delaney.

After many years of hard work providing for his family, he spent his remaining years exactly the way he wanted; at home, surrounded by his wife Lydia, whom he adored, and his family. Bob enjoyed watching the Yankees, Giants and the Weather Channel. To us, he became Mr. “G”; he could tell you the weather anywhere in the U.S.. His greatest joy was seeing his grandchildren fill the home lovingly with chaos, hugs, tears and laughter. His simplicity, whit, humor, big heart, and infectious smile will be deeply missed.

Visiting times are Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at Higgins Funeral Home, 73 N. Liberty Drive, Stony Point, NY. A Christian mass will be held on Monday, September 30th at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 26 John Street, Stony Point, NY. Interment to follow Fred Loescher Veteran Cemetery.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, September 30, 2019

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