Donald L. Higgins died January 28 at his home and surrounded by his family. He was born in Ellsworth ME on January 9, 1930. He was the son of Roger L. Higgins and Mildred Fullerton Higgins. He attended Ellsworth schools and graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in the class of 1950. He served many years in the American Merchant Marine on freight vessels, tankers and research vessels. Don served as LTJG in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He served as contract captain for the Maine State Ferry Service. He held the license of Master Mariner unlimited.
Don was a line surveyor for Bangor Hydro and was co-owner ofTopSpot Driveln. He served on the Ellsworth Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. Don was a Cub Scout leader and a Little League coach. He liked mackerel fishing on Union River Bay, walking in the woods with Twinkies in his back pack, duck hunting from a blind with his son and their dog that retrieved toilers. He is remembered by family and neighbors for climbing a ladder resting against a round tree and was able to walk away each time no matter how hard the ground.
He is survived by his wife Betty, his children and their companions: Janet Higgins and Dan Stillman, Stephen Higgins and Nicki Nevells; granddaughter Mindy Eaton and her husband Joshua of Blue Hill, great grandchildren Reece Parker Eaton and Harper Belle Eaton of Blue Hill, niece Catherine James of Bar Harbor, nephew George McKay III of
Bar Harbor, and many cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara McKay of Bar Harbor.
A family graveside funeral and committal service will be held at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to Northern Light Home Care and Hospice, 441 Main St., Ellsworth, or to one’s own charity choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com