John B. "Jack" Higgins, Jr.

September 19, 1949 - May 13, 2019
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Booker Washington
Barbara Pursley
Paula and Doug Pruns
Dennis Byrd
Marisa Smecca Rojas
Christopher Robertson
John thomas
Elaine Mitrovich
Cathi & Max Griego
Gale Backe and family


John B. “Jack” Higgins, Jr., 69, passed away at his home on May 13, 2019, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.  He was born in Galveston on September 19, 1949.

Jack attended Galveston schools and served in the US Navy.  He retired from Imperial Sugar and after retirement he worked at the Galveston Yacht Basin part time.

His life passions were of course his family, watching his sons and grandson play baseball, deer hunting in Fredericksburg and fishing at the cut.  He was a kind, loving simple man and his family was everything to him.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, John B. Higgins, Sr., his mother and stepfather, Barbara “Diddy” Myers and Floyd Myers, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Rita Higgins; son, John B. “Jack” Higgins III and his wife, Casey; son, Danny Higgins; sister, Jackquelynn “LuLu” Higgins; grandchildren, Emily Higgins and Sunny Jo Higgins; their mother, Misty Higgins; Jackson Higgins, Harper Jo Higgins and Adrian “Ace” Higgins; sisters-in-law, Diane Kovacevich and Suzanne Cagnola; niece, Jennifer Greer/Barron; and nephew, Mason Cagnola; aunt, Rita Higgins; numerous cousins, many wonderful friends, and his furry love, Daisy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Galveston Island Humane Society, Hospice, or an organization of your choice.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Friday, June 21, at 6:30 pm at Tin Cup’s Caddy Shack, 9020 Stewart Road, Galveston.  Please dress the three c’s: casual, comfortable, and cool.

Many thanks to Father Tom Colyandro for his beautiful blessings during Jack’s illness.

A Fisherman’s Prayer

I pray that I may live to fish

Until my dying day.

And when it comes to my last cast,

I then most humbly pray:

When in the Lord’s great landing net

And peacefully asleep

That in his mercy I be judged

Big enough to keep.

In memory of John B. “Jack” Higgins, Jr.




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Date: Friday, June 21, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm

Tin Cup Caddy Shack, 9020 Stewart Rd., Galveston


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Born: September 19, 1949
Died: May 13, 2019

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Booker Washington posted on 10/9/19

Thanks Jack for being you...real and upfront..and one of the fastest running white boys in track I’ve ever seen in my life ..Thanks for the memories..Rest in piece my friend..So sorry I missed your passing...Didn’t know.


Barbara Pursley posted on 6/24/19

My first thought of Jack was when we were in the 7th grade at Lovenberg and Jack, Walter Blume and Joe Capuano were always walking the halls together instead of being in class. Those three were my best buddies. Jack had a great sense of humor and could always make me laugh. We had many funny moments together and we were best friends up to his last breath. He was a strong man who fought his cancer with vengeance. He never gave up the fight. More than anything, he loved his wife Rita, sons Jack and Danny, grandchildren and his sister, LuLu who loved him deeply and stood by his side until the Good Lord took him to heaven. Thank you Jack for all of the great memories I have to reminisce about so many great adventures. I Love You Friend. My prayers go to Rita as she grieves the loss of Jack and challenges her battle with cancer. My condolences to Jack and Danny, LuLu and all of the Higgins extended family.


Paula and Doug Pruns posted on 6/21/19

Our prayers and heartfelt sympathy are with you and your family, Rita. We treasure many memories of Jack, his smile and sense of humor, zest for life and selfless love of others. Doug and Jack spent many a day together at the sugar dock working side by side. We're adding sugar to our coffee today in honor of the sweetness Jack added to the lives of those who knew him.


Dennis Byrd posted on 6/21/19

My old Lion Club little league teammate. Thanks for all the good times , going to miss you old friend .


Mike Horton posted on 6/20/19

Jack we shared quite a few adventures together back in our days of youth. You are in my thoughts and prayers as well as my daily rosary. My condolences to Rita and your children and grandchildren. May God grant you restful peace my dear friend--Mike Horton


Debbie Popovich posted on 6/18/19

I pray peace and comfort be with you all during the difficult days ahead. Keep Jacks memory alive for there you will find your salvation. We Love you guys. Danny and Debbie Popovich.


Tanner’s posted on 6/18/19

In memory of John B. "Jack" Higgins, Jr., Tanner’s lit a candle


Elizabeth Naschke posted on 6/18/19

So sorry Rita and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Tammy Moreau posted on 6/18/19

Sending prayers of comfort & strength to your family. We will always have fond memories of him from our days outside of Alex Box Stadium. With Love from Louisiana, The Moreaus


Courtney Herrington posted on 6/18/19

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you at this time and forever. <3 for the Higgins Family. -Courtney


Joyce Roberts posted on 6/18/19

Jack was a special guy. I'm so sorry for your loss. He truly left a legacy With his sons and Grandchildren. He will be remembered by all who knew him well......with smile and fun memories. Sincerely, Joyce


Trish Dowdy posted on 6/18/19

May God keep your heart with comfort during this time and the days to follow. Rita and family you are in my thoughts and prayers.. love you so!


Marisa Smecca Rojas posted on 6/18/19

RIP Mr. Higgins!


Leigh and Ray Cowart posted on 6/18/19

God bless ♥️


Leigh and Ray Cowart posted on 6/18/19

God's blessings....♥️


Eula Piangenti posted on 6/3/19

Dear Rita, I just found out about Jack today. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Eula Piangenti


Christopher Robertson posted on 5/20/19

Thoughts and prayers from the Robertson family


John thomas posted on 5/20/19

To the Higgins family sorry for your loss Jack will be a great loss


Elaine Mitrovich posted on 5/19/19

Dear Rita and Family-. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Jack. God rest his soul! May his memory be eternal.


Cynthia Popovich McEldowney posted on 5/19/19

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Jack. Your family is in my prayers. I know he will be missed. Memories will keep him with you always.


Robert Waggoner posted on 5/18/19

To all of the Higgins family. Please accept my condolences for your loss of a good man. I enjoyed the short time that I was associated with Jack and his boys on our hunting lease.


Dennis Rygaard posted on 5/18/19

Great times spent together at ballparks across the state. We remember Jack's rally cry "we are coming to get you baby" like it was yesterday. Our deepest sympathy to Rita, l'il Jack, Danny,and Lulu. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless, Dennis and Babs Rygaard


Cathi & Max Griego posted on 5/17/19

In memory of John Baxter "Jack" Higgins, Cathi & Max Griego lit a candle


Felipe & Teresa Ramirez posted on 5/17/19

We offer our condolences & prayers to you and the family. We'll miss seeing Jack out on the back porch. God Bless you all.


Doug posted on 5/17/19

May God’s peace and comfort be with you (2Co1:3-4) The resurrection hope🌹is certain (John5:28) Soon- no more death (Rev21:3-4) (JW.Org)


Gale Backe and family posted on 5/17/19

We will always remember the many years we spent together at the ball fields watching our kids play ball together. Those were the fun times. Our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to the Higgins Family.


Gale Backe and family posted on 5/17/19

Our condolences to the Higgins family. Jack was a wonderful, kind, fun person who would do anything for you. He was loved by many. Rita, my prayers are with you, the boys, Lulu and the grand kids. Jack will always be in our hearts. Love and prayers to the Higgins Family


Jerry & Barbara Cappadona Ladd posted on 5/16/19

So very sorry. Please know prayers have been offered for all the family.


Melody Smith posted on 5/16/19

The Higgins’s family have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Jack. I pray for your peace and comfort in this time of terrible sorrow. 💔 Melody Rygaard Smith


Joe Maffei posted on 5/16/19

We had some good times in our younger years buddy, I’ll always remember them. Joe Maffei


Gale Dooly posted on 5/15/19

Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies to the Higgins family on the loss of your loved one. We pray thought God gives you peace, comfort and guidance. Gale Dooly and the staff at Tubular Enterprises.


Patty Allen posted on 5/15/19

LuLu, So sorry for your loss. Keeping you & the family in my prayers. Patty


Fran Carubbi Byrd posted on 5/15/19

In memory of John Baxter "Jack" Higgins, Fran Carubbi Byrd lit a candle


Fran Carubbi Byrd posted on 5/15/19

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Jack was such a nice person. I knew him from the neighborhood and from my family's drugstore, Airport Drug Store. I also new him in school.


Diane Fynes posted on 5/15/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with you for strength and healing of your broken hearts. Keep your happy memories front and center and allow God and Jesus to give you peace! Diane Fynes, Consolidated Pipe & Supply PA