Raymond Bennett “Ray” Higgins
January 1, 1930 - July 22, 2021
Raymond Bennett “Ray” Higgins, age 91, of Newark, Delaware, passed away in his home, surrounded by family on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Ray is survived by his wife, Arleen Higgins; his children, Jill Higgins, Cindy Higgins, and Chris Higgins from his first marriage; his step-children, Susan Askew and Bob Williams; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Ray was born on the first day of the first month of 1930, the son of Harold Bennett “Dick” and Nellie Higgins, and raised in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Predeceased by his brother, Robert, and his sister, Betty Jean Wallace, Ray is fondly remembered by his nephew, nieces, and their families.
Ray was a vibrant teacher, dedicated to public education. Over the course of a long career, he brought history, economics, and psychology to life for students at Dickinson, Christiana, and Glasgow High Schools. He loved, accepted and respected his students equally, without prejudice, and modeled acceptance of different points of view. His love of education extended beyond the classroom into everyday conversation where he delighted in looking at things from new angles and finding out about the interests, concerns, and exploits of others.
At Glasgow, Ray served as head wrestling coach for many years, building a competitive program and mentoring multiple generations of wrestlers both as athletes and as young men. His love of the sport began during his own competitive career at Upper Darby High School and Franklin and Marshall College.
A veteran of the Korean War, Ray was active in the teacher’s union and the Delaware Democratic Party. Having worked on some of his early campaigns, he lived to see Joe Biden elected President of the United States.
Ray enjoyed his view of Christina River, poring over the local papers, growing vegetables, walking at Carpenter Park, Rehoboth vacations, and cooking breakfast for a crowd. He was happiest when devoting himself, as he did throughout his life, to the happiness and well-being of others. He will be greatly missed.
All services will be held privately.