Steven C. Higgins, 67, passed away peacefully at his home in Surry on December 17, 2021. He was born March 21, 1954, in Bar Harbor, the son of Weston Robert and Wilda (Pomeroy) Higgins.
Steve grew up in Lamoine and became a skilled worker at a very young age in the field of masonry. He studied his craft intently under several mentors who shared their knowledge with him, which ultimately allowed him to become a successful self-employed mason specializing in many areas such as stonework, brick work and tile. He has left behind many small and large masonry masterpieces throughout MDI, Ellsworth and the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Steve, or “Stevie” as he was called by many who loved him, was the type of person who could strike up a conversation with anyone at any time. Those who know and remember him have many fond memories of his stories and his genuine interest in connecting with people from all walks of life. Whether he knew you or not, he was truly happy to sit and talk about anything – these conversations were even better shared with a drink in hand, coupled with a few laughs. While in conversation, anyone could quickly understand how intelligent Steve was, as he held a wealth of knowledge in many subjects. Local history, maritime information, a variety of building trades, small engines, old movies/westerns and living off the land were some of his specialties. He was also happy to teach and share this knowledge with anyone who was looking to learn.
Steve’s largest pride and joy, as well as his greatest life accomplishment was his loving family. He was married at an early age to Diane Butler, and they had a beautiful daughter Melissa Sue. Though they ultimately went their separate ways, they remained cordial acquaintances for the rest of their lives. Steve eventually settled in Surry and married the love of his life and soulmate, Terry C. Higgins, on June 30, 1979. They had a strong, fulfilling family life with their two children, Nicole Lynn and Travis John. Steve eventually became “Grampy” to his seven grandchildren, whom he loved more than words can describe. His children and his grandchildren were his true pride and joy – he was willing to brag about them all of the time to anyone who would listen. Steve will forever be a strong influence in his children’s and his grandchildren’s lives. He helped shape all of them into the caring, strong and personable people that they are today.
Steve is survived by his daughter, Missy Kelley, her partner Chip Taylor of Surry, and son Dylan of Bangor; his daughter, Nicole (Higgins) Chan, her husband Victor and their children Jordan, Jace and Jocelyn of Lamoine; his son, Travis Higgins, his fiancée Nichole Johnson, and their children Jackson, Jameson and Johnny of Blue Hill; his sisters, Lyla Crawford and Sharon Davis of Lamoine, sister, Cheryl Higgins of Ellsworth, sister, Brenda Wiedmeyer of Wisconsin; brothers, Bill Higgins, Gary Higgins, Malcolm Higgins and Michael Higgins of Lamoine; and several other special cousins, relatives-in-law such as Roger Innes, nieces/nephews and treasured friends. Steve is predeceased by his father and mother Weston and Wilda Higgins of Lamoine; his soulmate and wife Terry C. Higgins of Surry; brothers, Raymond Gatcomb, Robert Higgins and Richard Higgins; and sisters, Sheila Gatcomb, Gail Fowler and Debbie Innes.
Though his family, friends and neighbors are full of sorrow to have him pass, they all also find solace in the fact that Steve is now reunited with his loving wife Terry in Heaven. His heart has been broken since she left this physical world in 2019 – they are once again celebrating together, sharing a Budweiser pounder and a glass of Yellowtail chardonnay, and smiling down on all of those that they know and love. Their story reminds us that life is short and that everyone should try to enjoy it with as much love and purpose as possible.
A service of remembrance will be held on Dec. 30, 2021, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth from 4-6 p.m. (open visiting hour from 4-5, ceremony of remembrance starting at 5 p.m.) followed by a celebration of life and burial in the late spring/summer. Masks will be required at the service on Dec. 30. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.