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Eugene H. Higgins

January 24, 1937 ~ November 10, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Eugene Higgins Obituary

Eugene H. Higgins 

Rupert, VT-After being celebrated on “Gene Higgins Day” last January for his 86th birthday with over 100 people, he remarked to many that it was better than any funeral, because he got to hear all the fine things folks said about him.  Now he is celebrating receiving his angel wings on November 10, 2023 at The Haynes House of Hope in Granville, NY and is at peace.

Gene was born on January 24, 1937 in Granville, NY to parents Harold and Myrtle (Jordan) Higgins.  He grew up in Rupert, attending school there and high school in Salem, NY and graduated in 1955 as Valedictorian.  He attended UVM, graduating in 1959.  He taught in Margaretville, NY for 2 years, followed by over 25 years at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vt. teaching Social Studies and English.  He apparently was a very beloved teacher and even in his final days he had visits from former students.

He collaborated with former teacher co-worker, Mary Martin, on an extensive research project of Welsh immigration to Southern Vermont and neighboring Washington County, NY in relation to the slate industry. The research won them a fellowship at Wellesley College.

Gene took many trips to Europe and his favorite area-The Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast of England.

His lifelong interest in history and memory of all of it was incredible, especially that of Rupert.  Most often humor was attached to all of his stories.  He initiated the formation of the Rupert Historical Society in 1990 and has been President continuously since then.

He served the town as Justice of Peace, Auditor, and Board of Civil Authority.  Gene was a member, former Deacon, and Treasurer of the Rupert Congregational Church.  He was also a lay preacher and served the local churches many times to an appreciative congregation and he was sometimes asked to perform burial services.

Gene was a very talented photographer; always with his camera on board to capture so many local scenes to be treasured by so many Rupert folk.

He was predeceased by the Higgins and Jordan Grandparents, his parents, his brother Charles A Higgins, Aunts, Uncles and several cousins.

He is survived by cousins Rose Jordan, Margaret Bain, and Mary Williams; and co-worker and friend, Trudy Kelly.        

A Memorial Service will be held at the Rupert Congregational Church on November 21, 2023 at 11A.M.  His burial will be private at the Mountain View Cemetery in West Pawlet, VT.

In lieu of flowers we are encouraging donations to the Haynes House of Hope, 7187 State Rte. 149, Granville, NY 12832; or to his much beloved Rupert Historical Society, PO Box 84, Rupert, Vt. 05768.

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Memorial Service
November 21, 2023

11:00 AM
Rupert Congregational Church (Mountain View Cemetery, VT)


Haynes House of Hope
7187 State Route 149, Granville NY 12832

Rupert Historical Society
P.O. Box 2, AL


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