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Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, longtime Tampa Bay parish priest, dies at 87

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Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, an Irish priest who spent nearly a half-century as a pastor along Florida’s West Coast, has died. The church confirmed the 87-year-old Higgins died Wednesday. Higgins was sent to Tampa at age 29, less than five years after he took his vows. In the six decades that followed, he not only created a community of faith at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, but helped build Tampa’s commercial and social service infrastructure, serving on so many charitable boards…

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