George E Higgins (1923 - 1999)



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Cornish, York County, Maine

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1923 - In the year that George E Higgins was born, on August 2nd, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States due to the sudden death of Warren G. Harding. After the scandals of the Harding presidency, Coolidge restored public confidence and was very popular. He won the Presidential election in 1924 but declined to run again in 1928.

1940 - When he was 17 years old, in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

1961 - When he was 38 years old, on January 20th, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. He had previously been a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, both from the state of Massachusetts, as well as a Naval lieutenant in World War II.

1973 - By the time he was 50 years old, on August 15th, amidst rising calls for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, Congress imposed an end to the bombing of Cambodia.

1999 - In the year of George E Higgins's passing, the fear that Y2K (year 2000) would cause the failure of computers worldwide when clocks didn't properly update to January 1st, 2000 became near panic. While some computer systems and software did have problems, the panic was unfounded and computer life went on.

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George E. Higgins
George Higgins, of Gray, died Sunday at a Lewiston hospital.
He was born in Gray on September 10, 1923, the son of Everett E. and Karolina Svensson Higgins.
After attending Gray schools, Mr. Higgins worked as a logger. He retired from American Can Company after thirty years. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a combat infantryman, bringing rations to the front lines. He earned a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Good Marksman badge.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a passionate Red Sox fan. He especially enjoyed family gatherings, and on Saturday mornings he loved to watch wrestling with his grandchildren.
Mr. Higgins was a member of Gray Post #86 American Legion.
He is survived by two sons, William Higgins, of Windham, and Richard Higgins, of Columbus, Ohio; five daughters, Patricia Combs, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Donna Rollins, of Naples, Beverly Peaco, of Vancouver, Anita Borlawsky, of Naples, and Paula Rice, of Gray; nineteen grandchildren, Cathy Roberts, Debora Roberts, Gleen Roberts, Cheryl Roberts, Clinton Combs, Jr., Bonnie Combs, Belinda Bates, Andrew Rollins, Jr., Christine Bertin, Denise Harwood, Susan Peaco, Amber Peaco, Misty Higgins, Janelle Lasciuto, Joseph Lasciuto, Michael Borlawsky, Jacquelyn Borlawsky, Emily Rice and Jordan Rice; and by nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Wilson Funeral Home, Gray.


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