Michael J. "Spike" Higgins

Michael J. "Spike" Higgins

AGE: 74 • Cary, N.C.

Michael J. "Spike" Higgins, 74, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Cary, NC. He was born March 26, 1938 in Jersey City, the son of Mary Mielvey Higgins and Matthew Higgins. Michael graduated high school from St. Peters Prep, class of 1957, where he remained active with the Alumni Association. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany.

Michael is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eleanor Rutherford Higgins and is survived by daughters, Christiane Higgins-Fischer, Patricia Higgins-Gohr, Carol Ann Zar and Marie Elena Shanley; son, Robert Francis Perry and their spouses; as well as 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Michael's name may be made to The , 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615. Arrangements for the Higgins family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Services. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com, select obituaries.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 8, 2012