William T. "Bill" Higgins, passed away at Park Manor Rehabilitation in Wallkill, NY on Sunday July 1, 2018. He was 88 years old. Bill was born at home on February 26, 1930 in Long Island City, NY to Thomas Joseph Higgins and Elizabeth Connick Higgins.
He attended Long Island High School and in 1955 joined the New York City Police Department, eventually earning the rank of Detective. Upon his retirement, he became Police Chief of the Village of Highland Falls. He then moved on to become the head of security for Hemlock Farms in Pennsylvania and security for Key Bank South East. Bill was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Highland Falls, American Legion in Highland Falls, Charter Member of Highland Falls West Point Rotary Club, Honor Legion NYPD, Orange County Police Chief Association and New York State Police Chief Association. Bill proudly served his country in the National Guard from 1952 – 1961.
Bill is survived by his wife, Patricia Gerig Higgins, at home, his daughters, Patricia Christine Higgins of Highland Falls, NY, Katherine Elizabeth Arns and her husband Donald of Middletown, NY, his granddaughters, MacKenzie Elizabeth Arns and Riley Scarlett Arns, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Elizabeth, his sisters, Mary, Elizabeth (Francis), Helen, Florence (James), Eva, Dorenda (William), Margaret (Casper), Marion, Veronica, Rose (William) and Jeanette (Louis).
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday, July 6, 2018 at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 7th at Sacred Heart Church, Highland Falls, NY. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY. Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.