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William George Higgins – April 2, 1941 – January l3, 2018

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
William George Higgins – April 2, 1941 – January l3, 2018

In loving memory of William George Higgins, age 76 years, who died very suddenly at home on January l3th, 2018.  William was born on April 2nd, 1941 in Dryden to George Stephen Higgins and Marie Higgins. William Higgins was the brother to Andrew Higgins. He went to Dryden high school and earned his secondary diploma. After high school William decided that university was not the path he wished to take. Instead he chose to follow the path of his parents and his love for the outdoors. William always stated that he never wished to be in an office; his office was the outdoors. He chose to work in the family businesses. Sandy Point Camp in the summer and logging business in the winter. In 1962 William married Penny Andersen. William and Penny raised three daughters Elizabeth, Heather, and Susie. 

William and Penny operated Sandy Point Camp, first with George and Marie, taking over when George and Marie retired. Together they took 4 log cabins and the original log lodge and grew it into a modern camp with eight new cabins that Bill built. The camp became an important part of the families who visited each summer by creating lasting memories. These spanned generations over 50 years of operation and love. Bill and Penny retired from the tourist camp business in 2004.

Bill spent his remaining years involved in Dryden Forest Management Company as a shareholder, logger and also sat on the Board of Directors and remained involved in the business right until the end.

William Higgins is survived by his loving wife Penny of  55 years, his daughters Elizabeth Higgins, PhD (Graeme Durkee) of  Sudbury, MA,  Heather Bazinet  (Paul Bazinet) of Russell ON and Susie Malecha  (Gary Malecha) of Faribault, MN and granddaughters Alex (20) and Lauren (17)  Durkee and Jocelyne Bazinet (12).

A Memorial Funeral Service to celebrate the life of William Higgins was held Thursday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m. in St. Luke’s Anglican Church with Rev. Michael Bergman officiating.  Interment of ashes will take place at a later date. 

If friends desire donations may be made to the DRHC CT Scan Fund through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at 

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