Norfolk —Donald Higgins, 60, longtime social worker, residing in Ghent in Norfolk, died on Monday, May 28, 2012.
Donald Ray Higgins was born to the late Ruth Ann Higgins and Harold Bailey Higgins in Easton, Md.
He attended Virginia Commonwealth University. Following graduation, he worked for Virginia Beach Social Services and then attended Norfolk State University where he received a Master’s degree in Social Work. Later he became a licensed clinical social worker and worked at Family Services and in private practice at Lakeside Psychological. Most recently he was employed at Portsmouth Naval Hospital working at their Norfolk Clinic.
On Oct. 12, 1980, Don married Debra Goldstein in New York and they lived happily together in Norfolk for the last 32 years.
Don was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth; father, Harold, and sister, Donna Gayle Higgins.
Surviving are Don’s loving wife, Debra Goldstein-Higgins, daughter, son-inlaw and granddaughter Jennifer, Drew and Maya Gebler and daughter Rebecca Higgins; his brother and sister-in-law Larry Higgins and Gwen Casey-Higgins of Berryville, Va., and niece Jessica Higgins of Gaithersburg, Md.
Steadfast in his love and devotion to his beloved wife, Debra Goldstein-Higgins, his children and granddaughter, and his community of friends and fellow social workers, Don was loved by all who knew and cared for him. He will be missed by all.
Funeral services were held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts and officiated by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg and Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin.
The family requests donations to Don’s favorite charities, the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, Multiple Sclerosis Society or to Military Relief.
Online condolences may be sent to hdoliver.com.