Cyril Daniel Higgins, beloved husband, devoted father and grandfather, of Shawnee-on-Delaware, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at VNA Hospice in East Stroudsburg, surrounded by his family. He died of acute pulmonary fibrosis, only recently diagnosed.
Dan is survived by his wife, Marianne (Foley) Higgins, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage and happiness, and his children: Mary Ellen Higgins of Shawnee-on-Delaware; Erin Higgins and her husband, Douglas Rosner, of Arlington, Massachusetts; C. Daniel Higgins Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Stroudsburg; and Robert Higgins and his wife, Michelle, of Chester Springs. Dan also is survived by seven grandchildren: Harry, Kate and Dennis Rosner, Olivia, Sean and Brendan Higgins, and Evan Higgins.
Dan was born on Jan. 23, 1938, in Scranton, and was a son of Paul A. and Helen (Fogarty) Higgins, one of eight children. After graduating from the University of Scranton, he taught Latin and French at Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey before attending Georgetown University Law School. Graduating in 1967, he returned to the Stroudsburg area to practice law, and was still practicing law at the time of his death. He was Monroe County's first assistant district attorney, a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Optimist Club, and served on many boards of local organizations.
Dan enjoyed playing golf at courses around the world, and was a member of Great Bear Country Club. Dan and Marianne also enjoyed their winter home in Venice, Florida, with their large group of "snowbird" friends. They traveled widely, together and with their children, and spent many hours walking with their beloved dogs along the Delaware River and at Mount Nebo Park.
In addition to his wife and children, Dan is survived by his brother, Robert Higgins and his wife, Nancy, of Hillsdale, New Jersey; his brother, Thomas Higgins and his wife, Joan, of Montclair, New Jersey; his sister, Elizabeth Sivolella and her husband, Nicholas, of Buck Hill Falls; his sister, Kathleen Salmon of Vestal, New York; and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Paul and William Higgins; his sister, Mary (Higgins) Flynn; and his brothers-in-law, Albert Flynn and Gerald Salmon.
There will be a viewing from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 200 Brodhead Ave., East Stroudsburg, with Monsignor John A. Bergamo as the celebrant. Private burial will be the following day at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow.