Obituary of E. Michael Higgins
It is with great sadness that the family of Edward Michael Higgins announce his passing at home in Regina, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 after a brief illness. Michael was born in Rochester, New York on August 23, 1954 to the late Dr. R. Brian and Pierrette (Duval) Higgins. He was a beloved husband of 14 years to Tracey Thomas.
After graduating from St. Malachy’s Memorial High School and Dalhousie University (BSc), he studied Hospital Administration at the University of Toronto. Michael held various senior hospital administration and government positions in Vancouver, Edmonton and Regina. Michael retired in 2019 to enjoy a relaxed, healthy lifestyle with Tracey and their dog Boo.
Michael navigated life with an amazing sense of calm and profound kindness. His devotion to Tracey and his children will forever be remembered.
In addition to his wife, Tracey, Michael is survived by his three children; Laura Frey and her husband Jason of Edmonton, Caitlin Higgins and her husband Tony Johnson of St. Paul, MN, Patrick Higgins and his partner Alisha Beson of Edmonton; his stepson Thomas Nelson and his wife Adele of Quebec City; grandchildren, Benjamin and Henry Frey; step- grandchildren, Louis-Philippe, Frederic, and Dimitri LaPointe. He will also be greatly missed by his four siblings; David Higgins and his wife Christina of Quispamsis, Brian Higgins and his wife Fiona of Saint John, Susan Sinstadt and her husband Michael of Nanaimo, Peter Higgins and his wife Gisele of Grand Bay-Westfield; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by the mother of his children Mary Rose Higgins of Edmonton.
Arrangements are under the care of Speers Funeral Chapel. In accordance with Michael’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will take place in the spring of 2022.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Regina Humane Society in Michael’s memory would be appreciated by the family.