Hallowell- Robert Henry Briggs passed away peacefully at his Central Street home on Wednesday, lovingly cared for the last months of his life by his wife of fifty-two years, Louise and his adoring children, daughters Poogy and Elizabeth, sons John, Thomas, and Robert. \r\r\n\r\r\nThe third child of Henry and Mary Morse Briggs, Mr. Briggs was born in Augusta on Valentines Day, 1922. He was educated in Augusta schools, graduating from Cony High School in 1939. From and early age he was employed in the family automobile business, working at both the Augusta and Gardiner stores before entering Northeastern University. In 1942, Mr. Briggs but was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served four years laying a pipe line through China with the Army Corps of Engineers \r\r\nAfter returning to the states, Mr. Briggs continued his education at the University of Maine at Orono, graduating with a B.S. in Business administration in 1950. Upon graduation Mr. Briggs re-joined the family automobile business, first at Capitol City Motors in Augusta, and then at Waterville Auto Sales. At the dissolution of the business, Mr. Briggs went to work as service manager at Coe Chevrolet in Augusta until his retirement in 1980. \r\r\n\r\r\nAfter his retirement, Mr. Briggs managed the assets of the Briggs Family Trust. He began to spend more time at the family?s summer place, Beaver Island Lodge, where he worked two summers in a restoration project with his brother John W. Briggs, and son Bob. Beaver Island was a place he dearly loved and was the home of many fond memories for Mr. Briggs and his extended family. \r\r\n\r\r\nMr. Briggs was a highly respected member of his community and was often called upon for advice and to serve on various boards and committees. On occasion, he would be asked to run for public office but always refused, having little taste for politics. \r\r\n\r\r\nMr. Briggs had a sterling reputation in business and commanded the respect of those that knew him. He did with perfection whatever he set his hand to do. His word was his bond, his promise never left un-kept, his debt always paid in full. He lived a live of fidelity to his wife and children. He was a ?mans man? to the very end. \r\r\n\r\r\nMr. Briggs is survived by his wife Louise, sons John H.Briggs and wife Patricia, Thomas Briggs of Winthrop, Robert C. Briggs of Hallowell, Poogy Bjerklie and husband John of Brooklyn, New York, Elizabeth Nevins and husband Tim of Manchester. Grandchildren Henry Thomas Briggs, Ashleigh Marie Briggs, Ian Michael Briggs, and Geoffrey Thomas Briggs. \r\r\n\r\r\nHis brother John W. Briggs and wife Janet of Winthrop, William Briggs of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sister Mary Kendall and husband Richard of Auburn, also survive him. \r\r\n\r\r\nThe Briggs family would like to acknowledge the superb services of Health Reach Home Care& Hospice of Augusta/Gardiner for enabling Mr. Briggs to die in his own home surrounded by his loved ones. Special thanks also to Sherry Puliski, for her loving support to Mr. Briggs and the entire Briggs family. \r\r\n\r\r\nVisiting hours will be held Saturday June 17, from 2-4 pm at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, One Church St., Augusta. Funeral services will be private. \r\r\n\r\r\nIn lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Health Reach Home Care and Hospice of Augusta/Gardiner.