Higgins, Gordon Ernest

Higgins, Gordon Ernest – Age 92, Higginsville, passed away December 21, 2015 in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital, Middle Musquodoboit, with his family by his side. Born June 24, 1923 in Lindsay Lake, he was a son of the late Norman and Rella Mae (Miller) Higgins. Gordon attended Lindsay Lake School and later was a veteran of World War II, serving with the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment - Infantry from 1942 until 1946. He was a veteran of the Liberation of Holland and D-Day. Although he rarely spoke of them, his war experiences greatly influenced him the rest of his life. After returning home, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and then as a stationary engineer at Bedford Institute of Oceanography. He also served in the Commissionaires for a period of time.

Family was important to Gordon. He was a kind and gentle man who loved to tell stories. He enjoyed woodworking, vegetable gardening and nature, especially watching birds at the feeders. He could fix anything, even if he had to “rig” something up. He was adored by all his grandchildren, and they tell “Grampie” stories, as well.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen (Archibald) Higgins; daughters, Wendy (Don) Himelman, Prince Edward Island; Dawn (Gerry) Doyle, Lower Sackville; Jeanne and Melanie, Higginsville; grandchildren, Jeff (Jocelyne) Himelman, Sarah (Edward) Puxley, Laura (Jason) Leclair, all of Prince Edward Island; Jason (Stacy) Doyle, the Netherlands; great-grandchildren, Cassie Henderson; Kian and Ruari Doyle; sister, Daisy Scott, Truro; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Morris, Augustus, Seldon, Emma Carver, Linley, in infancy.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. At Gordon's request, there will be no funeral at this time. A graveside service will be held in the summer of 2016 in Higginsville Cemetery.

Thank you to Dr. Helika Adams and Joanne for support, care, and home visits, to the staff of Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care, and to those who brought food. Special thanks to Harvey and Laurel Redmond for being there when needed.

“Gordon will be missed and remembered with love.”