29/4/27 - 3/8/18
It's been 12 months since the passing of our husband and father Vincent Joseph Higgins.
Vin was born in 1927 and grew up on a farm in Laura. In 1963 he sold the farm and moved to Whyalla with his wife Betty and family. He purchased James Dry Cleaners on McBryde Terrace which later became Whyalla Garden Centre. This all came about from his interest and love in gardening especially his orchids. Vin was very well known for his orchids, he entered them in many Adelaide and local shows. He had won many ribbons and trophies, he even won "Grand Champion Orchid of Australia" in 1987. This was one of his ultimate achievements.
In 1967 Vin joined Whyalla Rotary Club and was President from 1974 to 1975 in which he was involved in the fund-raising for Whyalla's first fishing jetty. It is very rare for anyone to earn two "Paul Harris Fellow" awards but Vin did earn the award twice, one in 2002 and the second one in 2012 for his 45 years of voluntary service. He enjoyed the companionship of his fellow members. Vin and Betty made lots of wonderful friends in the clubs he was involved in.
Vin loved taking his family on holidays, caravanning around Australia and he loved his yearly fishing trips away with his mates down the west coast.
In 1965, Vin bought a shack out at Douglas Point where he and his family spent many, many weekends and holidays. The shack still belongs to the family.
Vin played football for Laura from 1945 to 1954 including a premiership in 1953. His love of football never left over the years, he never ever missed watching his favourite Crows play.
Some of his hobbies was playing golf, snooker, cards and doing crosswords.
Best of all he loved his gardening, he used to grow the best tomatoes and he was very popular with his family for his homemade relish.
Vin is now resting in heaven with his three daughters, Leslie, Ellen and Vicky and he has left behind his loving wife Betty of 65 years and his four living children, Bruce, Leanne, Deirdre and Kylie. He also left behind many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
We miss you everyday day, rest in peace.