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Robert Lott Briggs, Sr.  

Robert Lott Briggs, Sr.

November 30, 1946 – August 10, 2016

Robert Lott Briggs, Sr., age 69, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on November 30, 1946, Robert was a son of the late William and Eleanor (Lott) Briggs. He proudly served his country as a member of the 28th Infantry Division in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Robert made his career as a corporate insurance agent with IFS in Wilmington, retiring after many years of dedicated employment.

Active in his community, he was a life member and current treasurer of the Good Will Fire Company. Robert also gave of his time with the Delaware State Fire Police and with Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) with the City of New Castle. Robert was a longtime, very active member and Elder of the New Castle Presbyterian Church. A gifted singer and musician, he enjoyed playing both the guitar and banjo. Robert had a truly outgoing and engaging personality and proclaimed himself the “Duke of Old New Castle.” He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and friend and will be very dearly missed by all.

Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Carolyn J. (McGovern) Briggs; children, Rachel, Robert, Jr. and Kelly; brother, William “Bill” Briggs; and sister, Susan Davis.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016, at the New Castle Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd Street, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Good Will Fire Company, 401 S. Street, New Castle, DE 19720.

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  1. Bill Briggs, August 15, 2016



    • Deb Chrysle Bonvetti, August 22, 2016

      I worked with Bob for several years and would like to pay my respects to a wonderful human being. I knew him as a wonderful musician and caring person. He adored his family and friends and always went the extra mile to help others. I will miss him, his sense of humor and absolute friendship… RIP my friend ❤️

  2. Kim & Joe Mullins, August 15, 2016

    Lyn, Rachel & family,
    Joe & I are so extremely sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father and my dear friend Bob! I worked by his side for quite a few years and to know Bob was to love Bob! He was truly larger than life! He could always put a smile on my face if I was having a bad day! My heart is breaking for all of you! You’re all in my thoughts & prayers! Love, Kim & Joe Mullins

  3. Aunt Ruth and Patrick, August 15, 2016

    He will be missed, but our happy memories will be with us forever.

  4. Kelly Cerf, August 16, 2016

    Heartfelt sympathy to all that are all mourning this untimely death.
    May you rest in peace, Dad/Pop-Pop.

    The Cerf Family:
    Robert & Kelly
    Michael, Billy, & Katie (grandchildren)

  5. Marian C. Delaney, August 16, 2016

    My deepest sympathy to Carolyn and family. Bob went above and beyond as the insurance broker for the City and always had a smile on his face. He was a caring soul and will be missed. God Bless.

  6. Janet E. Lott, August 16, 2016

    Sending love for your journey, Bob. And love to all the family. I remember you with delight. Cousin Janet

  7. Beverly Flannigan, August 16, 2016

    Bob was uniquely funny, brilliant, charming and driven to serve his community. I remember how entertaining he was when he was playing the local club circuit which was a combination of singing/guitar and humor. He was loved by all and will be missed.

  8. Judi McGovern Griffith, August 16, 2016

    Lyn, Rachel and Family,

    My love and prayers go with you at this difficult time.


  9. Mandy Briggs Demangone, August 16, 2016

    Uncle Bob – I’m happy you were in my life. I have so many good memories from 4929 and Pitman and a lifetime of stories. I like how you called Grandma “Grammy”; how you enthusiastically announced the annual Briggs vs. Briggs football games during visits to State College; how you sang and played your guitar for everyone and how you would get everyone laughing; and many other random moments like when you asked if anyone needed a hand packing their car and then threw down a fake, rubber hand to us from Grandma’s balcony. I still think one of the greatest inventions ever was the basket pully system you created at 4929 so the basket could go up and down between the 3 floors in the house. I will miss you. Rest in Peace. Love, Mandy

  10. Veronica Smith, August 17, 2016

    Lynn,Rachel,& Family,

    Iam so sorry for your loss. May God bless you all. Bob is now a angel of the lord and resting in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    God Bless,
    Veronica (Newark dental)

  11. Marianne Caven, August 19, 2016

    Lynn and Rachel,
    My heart is heavy and no words seem adequate to share my sadness for your loss.
    I have so many great memories of all the ways Bob enriched our lives. I recall so many wonderful times here on West Third, at your home, in Lewes years back, and at every opportunity we embraced to be together. The “Duke” was one of my best buddies and your family one of my most cherished ones. Few people ever made me laugh as often and as heartily as Bob did. He had such a knack for making people feel warm, feel special. He will always be missed.
    With love and hugs,

  12. Peter J Lott and Family, August 23, 2016

    Remembering all the hogies we’ve downed , partying with the Drifters band. Getting Aunt El to sneak into the pool after hours. Many more, cuz… we’re always remember. Our prayer are with the family. Love you all, The Lott’s (NH)

  13. gary oakes, August 24, 2016

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, may God bring you comfort in his memories….

  14. John and Mary Anne Farrell, August 24, 2016

    Lynn and Rachel,

    We are so saddened for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    John and Mary Anne Farrell

  15. Beverly Ross, August 25, 2016

    Dear Lynn & Rachel,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Bob was loved by so many people in New Castle, and he gave so much of himself for our town. Please take care.

    Beverly Ross


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