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Robert Lott Briggs, Sr.

Born November 30, 1946

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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  • 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

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

  • 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)

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Lyn, Rachel and Family,

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


  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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,

  • 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 ❤️

  • 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)

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

  • Lynn and Rachel,

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

    John and Mary Anne Farrell

  • 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