Higgins, Sean James

Sean James Higgins, 60, of Southington, beloved husband of Pamela (Sangeloty) Higgins, passed suddenly on Friday, September 25th. Born in Hartford July 16, 1960, to the late William J. and Lucille (Scalise) Higgins, both of New Britain.
Sean met his wife Pamela at Berlin High School in 1978, which became the beginning of a more than 40-year love story. Their adventures together throughout their partnership were boundless, from traveling the world to raising their two daughters. He found joy in being close to his family, both immediate and extended.
It was in Sean’s nature to be loyal and committed to his work, which he demonstrated over and over again through the course of his life. At the start of his career, Sean worked at his father’s side for Tull Brothers, Inc. His career path lead him to Wesleyan University for 16 years maintaining physical security of the campus where he insured the safety of students, faculty, and staff.
Sean was a dedicated husband, father, and son. He showed his love in the form of full-body hugs, homemade pasta sauce, big family breakfasts, and a shared Guinness, no matter the time of day. He loved to hate the New York Giants, indulged in bad action films, and never turned down helping someone in need. You never left his home with an empty stomach or without engaging in colorful conversation. Sean found solace on the golf course, and loved outings with his brothers-in-law, Michael and Paul, nephews Matthew and Tom, and his best friend Chip.
His quick wit and humor never failed to spark a giggle or a smile; his mischievous nature kept everyone on their toes, waiting for the next surprise. Sean’s protective demeanor, endless patience, and unquestioning support will leave a gaping hole in the lives of those who loved him most.
Besides his wife, Sean is survived by his daughter Katelyn Higgins and her partner Joseph Foster of West Hartford, his daughter Sarah Higgins Crowe and her husband Michael Crowe of Tiverton, RI. He is also survived by his sister Mary Beth (Higgins) Willmore and a number of adoring nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Wednesday, (Sept. 30) from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday, (Oct. 1) at 9:45 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Dominic, 1050 Flanders Road, Southington, at 10:30. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Southington Bread for Life, PO Box 925, Southington, CT 06489.

Calling Hours

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 4:00-8:00pm

Funeral Service

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:30am in the Church of St. Dominic ~ Southington


Memorial Contribution

Southington Bread for Life, PO Box 925, Southington, CT 06489

29 Responses to 'Higgins, Sean James'

  1. Maureen Snow says:

    To the Higgins Family,
    Saddened to hear about Sean’s passing. So many at Wesleyan have lost a bit of sunshine on campus. May you find some comfort in your wonderful memories.

  2. Ellen Malaspina says:

    Pam and Family –
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and my prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Donna Moore says:

    Dear Higgins family,

    My sincere condolences to you on the loss of Sean. We worked together all my years at Wesleyan and he referred to me as the key gatekeeper in ITS. Sean was kind, patient and diligent. It’s truly a shock to learn of his passing and I will miss working with him. May your memories of Sean bring you some comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Donna Moore

  4. Miya Tokumitsu says:

    Dear Higgins Family,

    I had the honor of working with Sean at Wesleyan. He worked with integrity and great care, always with a cheerful demeanor. I greatly valued his advice.

    I am so sorry for your loss, and send my deepest sympathies,
    Miya Tokumitsu

  5. Ellen Malaspina says:

    Pam and Family,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in family at this time.

  6. Laura G Anderson says:

    To the Higgins Family,
    I was sadden to hear about the passing of Sean. I am very sorry for your loss. I met Sean when we were just kids and our families spent time together. He always seemed like such a sweet guy.
    My sympathies to all of you, ~Laura (Gaffney) Anderson

  7. Suzanne Sadler says:

    Dear Higgins Family,

    It was such a pleasure working with Sean at Wesleyan these past 16 years. I always appreciated his kindness and patience when working to solve a problem. He always followed through with his work, and before I would know he even stopped by my building, I would have a reply to a work order request with care and detail. Quite often he would include a note on how to make things work better. I just received a reply to one early this week. Sean was a gem, and we will miss him greatly. Thank you for sharing him with us all these years.

    With love,
    Suzanne Sadler

  8. Gary R Enright says:

    Hi Katelyn, Sarah & Pam,
    So sad to learn of the loss of you beloved father and husband. While I never met Sean, through knowing you, I did know he was an extraordinary man. I have always admired your family. Please know that I am thinking of you all during this difficult time.
    With Deep Sadness,

  9. Dear Higgins Family:
    I was just talking with Sean in my office on Thursday. I am devastated to hear of his passing. He was jovial and funny as usual! He had a great sense of humor and an amazing work ethic. I always enjoyed our chats and will miss him terribly. It will not be the same without him. I’m thankful that our paths crossed and I was able to befriend such a wonderful person.
    I hope you find peace and comfort.

  10. Dana Gordon Gannuscio says:

    Dear Higgins Family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Sean’s passing. I always enjoyed conversing with him at Wesleyan – such a very nice person. My thoughts go out to you all.

    Dana Gordon Gannuscio

  11. Eileen Byrnes says:

    Dear Pam and Family,

    So sorry to hear about Sean’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this most difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy,

  12. Laura Borhman says:

    Dear Higgins Family,

    My deepest sympathies to you all on Sean’s passing. He had a gregarious soul, a mischievous smile, and always offered good conversation! I enjoyed working with him at WES and will miss our lively discussions.
    My thoughts are with you during this time.

  13. Tom Ruscio says:

    Dear Pam and Family,

    Nancy and I are so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your husband and father. May you cherish the memories and find comfort and peace in the future.

    Tom and Nancy Ruscio

  14. Olga Fruster says:

    Dear Pam,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your soul mate, Sean. Treasure all the wonderful memories you two created throughout the years. No one can take that away from you. I wish I could take your pain away! May you, your beautiful daughters, and family be blessed with Peace and Strength. Love Olga :)

  15. Pam and children. It is with great sadess that I speak to you . there will be a big hole where Sean lives in your hearts. He was one of the best. My hear goes out to all of you. There are no words for your grief. I am sincerely just horrifically sorry for your loss.

  16. Joan Schmidt says:

    Pam, Katelyn and Sarah
    My deepest condolences. I have no words… hoping for some sort of peace for you at this time
    Joan Schmidt

  17. Dawn D'Amato says:

    Dear Pam

    All of your friends at CCARC are deeply saddened to learn of Sean’s passing. I am so glad I had the opportunity to speak with you both at our Golf Open a couple of weeks ago. Our hearts go out to you.

    With love,

    Dawn D’Amato

  18. Patrice Melley says:

    Dear Higgins family,
    So sorry to hear about Sean’s passing. I knew Sean at Wesleyan and it was such a pleasure to work with him. He was truly a great guy- positive, helpful and kind. Hopefully, your fond memories of him will help you through this difficult time.
    Pat Melley

  19. Lea Carlson says:

    Dear Higgins Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Sean’s passing. I worked with Sean at Wesleyan on several different phases of construction and he was always patient and kind. He had an infectious sense of humor and I really enjoyed our conversations and working with him.
    May you find solace in your memories of him that will stay with you forever.
    With deepest sympathy,
    ~Lea Carlson

  20. Karen Polascik says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Sean’s sudden passing. I knew him for years at Wesleyan, where he always promptly and efficiently made me keys for my office.
    He had such a good natured personality and I most recently had the nicest conversation with him a few weeks ago. He will be very much missed.

  21. Susan Macary says:

    Dear Pam, Katelyn and Sarah,
    We are heartbroken to hear of Sean’s passing and are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We will always remember Sean, his infectious laugh, and good-nature.

    With much love and sympathy, Susan and Steve

  22. Brooke Hallowell says:

    Dear Pam and Family,

    What a tragedy. It is a joy to read about this special man. I wish you great comfort.

    Brooke Hallowell

  23. Barbara I LaRosa says:

    Dear Pam and Family,
    We were very sad to hear of your loss. Sean was such a nice person and we remember him in a very fond way. He has truly left your family with a wonderful legacy of kindness, goodness and great memories. May they be a comfort to you in the days to come. you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Barbara and Sal LaRosa

  24. Frank Marsilli says:

    The Higgin Family – I am so saddened to see the passing of Sean. I came to know him from the start of his work at Wesleyan. Always had a smile and a twinkle in his eyes. I really got to know him through his tremendous assistance in helping with our annual Wesleyan Open Golf Tournament. It was in those meetings about planning the tournament that I saw what a warm and fun-loving individual he was. And of course, he was such an excellent golfer that his team’s name appeared many times on the tournament trophy. May he always be hitting them straight now on heavenly courses.

  25. Leslie Sataline Riley says:

    Dear Pam, There are no words to express my sadness for the loss of your husband Sean. Your family is in my thoughts and heart. With Love , Leslie Sataline Riley

  26. Alena Staron says:

    Dear Higgins family,
    My sincere sympathy on the loss of Sean. Such a shock for all of us.
    I worked with Sean all his years at Wesleyan. We chatted whenever he was at work. Such a good guy, he will truly be missed. I hope that all the loving memories you have will help you get through the most difficult time of your lives. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Alena Staron

  27. Phil Carlson says:

    Pamela – just learned of your husband’s passing. I have no words. Just know that me and my family are praying for some kind of peace and comfort for you in the midst of this.
    Phil Carlson

  28. Jane Panetta says:

    Pam sending hugs and prayers at this most difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss of Sean. Blessings to both families.

  29. Peter Egan says:

    Pam, Katelyn and Sarah,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and my prayers are with you.

    Peter Egan

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