In Memory

Thomas John Higgins IV

Thomas John Higgins IV


JOHN HIGGINS IV, age 53. Dear companion of Mary Gasser; devoted father of Meggin Higgins and Thomas John "T.J.'' Higgins V; dear brother of the late Penelope Parrish; fond son of Thomas John Higgins III and the late Mary Jane Arva. Tom was a graduate of Ohio State University class of 1972, served in the Peace Corps and was an avid golfer at Manakiki Golf Course. Contributions are suggested to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185 St., Cleveland, OH 44119. Memorial service Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5200 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst at 1 p.m. Private interment. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE SCHULTE & MAHON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 216-381-4000.

From Norm Hillstrom: Tom graduated from The Ohio State University. Joined the Peace Corp 1973 - 76, served in Brazil , learn to speak Portuguese. Taught in a school for Mentally and Physically Handicapped children. Returned to Ohio and worked at Metro Hospital Cleveland. Tom had 2 hole in one's @ Manakiki. We [ Norm Hillstrom & Tom] were GREAT at diving for golf balls after dark @ Kirtland CC! 

Thomas John Higgins IV:  Memorial services for Thomas John Higgins, 53, of South Euclid, will be 1 pm Saturday at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 5200 Mayfield Road, in Lyndhurst.  

Mr. Higgins died April 26, 2004, at his residence.

Born Sept. 15, 1950, in Alliance, he lived in Willowick before moving to South Euclid 27 years ago.

He was a 1972 graduate of Ohio State University, and served in the Peace Corps.  He also was an avid golfer at Manakiki Golf Course.

Mr. Higgins was the owner of Innovative Solutions for the past four years as a rehab technologist.

Survivors are his children, Meggin Higgins and Thomas John “T.J.” Higgins V; and father, Thomas John Higgins III.  He also leaves his companion Mary Gasser.

His mother, Mary Jane Arva, is deceased.

Burial will be private.

The family suggests contriutions be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland 44119.

Arrangements are being handled by the Schulte and Mahon-Murphy Funeral Home (216) 381-4000.

The News-Herald, April 29, 2004, pg.B5

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03/25/18 08:15 AM #1    

Michelle Taylor (Keogh)

I remember Tom as one of us who were confirmed at Shoregate Methodist Church.  On my site, I posted a picture of that class.  You will see "Tommy" in the second row of all boys, third from the right.  I remember him as quiet and thoughtful.  He lived near the church.   And I am happy to see he went on to the Peace Corp and did some marvelous things.  RIP, Tom; you were way too young!

03/27/18 04:46 PM #2    

Linda Mangan (Sedmak)

I will always remember Tom for his kindness. He carried my books in 8th grade for 12 weeks while I was on crutches. I will never forget when he was in that car accident and on his first day back our substitute teacher didn't like Tom's sense of humor and started hitting Tom on the head with the teacher's guide and wouldn't stop his assault till Tom ran out of the room. All of us were yelling at him to stop. I was so worried Tom would end up back in the hospital.

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