Gary John Higgs

December 14, 1958May 8, 2013

Higgs, Gary John, 54, Avonport. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the QEII Health Science Centre, Halifax as the result of a motorcycle accident. Born in Bristol, England in 1958 and moved to Canada in 1964, growing up in around Ontario. In 1980 Gary joined the Navy as a Marine Engineer (Stoker), where he served Canada for 26 years. While posted in Edmonton, he was a volunteer firefighter in Bon Accord, Alberta. He took great pride in volunteering with the fire department and he was a great prankster with his ship-mates depending if you were on the receiving end or not. Gary took great enjoyment in the harmless antics that helped break up the boredom of a long patrol. In 2006 he moved back to Nova Scotia, retired from the Navy and settled in Avonport. He worked at Kent in New Minas until fall 2012. Besides his family, his passion was his Harley both while riding and personalizing it to his taste. He is survived by his daughters, Holly (Brian) Edmonton, Sherrie (Antonio) Edmonton, his son Jeremy Ontario, Lindsay Ontario and sister: Lisa, Bon Accord, Alberta; 3 grandchildren, 1 grandson and 1 nephew. He was predeceased by his parents John and Rosalind Higgs, his first wife Wanda (Parker) and his companion Mary (Baker). Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held May 17 in the Bonnie/Maggie Room at the Atlantic Fleet Club at CFB Halifax from 11AM to 1 PM. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Association of Canada or Camp Hill Hospital. As was Dad’s way he was always thinking of others and his last act of kindness came by signing a donor card, where total strangers now have a new lease on life, and Dad would be so very proud of that. To place/view online condolences please visit: www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.


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Wayne Sheppard

March 9, 2014

So sorry, news has takened so long to filter though (Bristol, England). Sad,sad news. Although Cousins & fellow bikers I did not know Gary well but reading the guess book I wish I'd made the effort. Thoughts with all family & friends

Sheri Black

May 25, 2013

I was very sorry to hear the passing of your father. Seeing the pictures of your mother and father especially of their wedding has brought back many happy memories. Thinking of you both always.

Jack & Regina Lockhart

May 19, 2013

We are so very shocked & saddened to hear of Gary's passing! We sold him the house in Avonport. May you find peace knowing he & your Mom are together again --you will always have 2 angels in heaven watching over you!
God bless.

Bill Bernard

May 15, 2013

Very sorry to hear about Gary, sailed with Gary on the Huron years ago, was on the receiving end of his pranks and then some. He always made the watches at sea interesting and cared about his shipmates, a friend to everyone. Rest in peace Gary.

May 15, 2013

Today I heard the sad news that another shipmate had passed away. I had the pleasure of sailing with Gary in the 80's on board HMCS PRESERVER. Rest in peace Gary

Bob Manning

May 15, 2013

We are very sorry to read about the passing of your father. Kendra and I have always enjoyed your parents company when living next door during our posting to Halifax. Gary had a lot to live fore and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both Holly and Sherry. We think of you often. We both have lost our father's but now know they are at peace with the Lord. Love to both of you.. Kendra & Randy Marshall Ottawa.

Mike Loyal

May 14, 2013

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. (Romans 14:8) Rest in peace Gary, it was a privilege to have known you. God bless to all your family, and may you celebrate his life with joy in your hearts.
Sincerely, Mike Loyal, retired PO2 ERA.

Darryl Nadeau

May 14, 2013

we had some crazy fun times back in the early 90's. Gary was always happy. my sincere condolence to his family.

michael robinson

May 13, 2013

As a small contractor, I knew your Dad through his employment at Kent, in New Minas and in all the times I went through that gate, he always had a cheery greeting and often a one-liner to show his navy was the best navy. He is and will always be missed.
MIchael Robinson, Kentville

Dave Pike

May 13, 2013

Very sad news. I was heartbroken learning of your passing. Seems like yesterday we were finishing our tech course. Rest in Peace brother.