A perfect day!
You couldn’t have picked a more perfect way to honor Donny Higgins. There were sunny skies, family and friends, smiles a plenty and a community coming together to remember. Donny Higgins was a determined 10 year-old who lobbied to transform one of the public tennis courts across the street from his house into a street hockey rink and it became a reality.
“The dedication of the Donald F. Memorial Street Hockey Rink celebrates and memorializes a man who had a vision to better his community.” said Governor Charlie Baker. Donny Higgins was a community leader, a wonderful husband, a loving father, and remained dedicated to his friends and family. Sadly, he was taken too soon, but his memory will live on.”
In September of 2009, Donny was diagnosed with colon cancer. For ten tough months, he fought hard but lost the battle and died in July of 2010. He was just 37 years old. Donny was married to Tish Connolly and they have four children. Donny was a friend to all, with a bright personality and the ability to make those around him laugh. The entire community of South Boston was devastated at the loss of such a great guy who added so much joy to so many lives. On Saturday, June 13th, the community gathered to celebrate Donny’s life. There was day long street hockey tournament – thanks to the organization of Southie resident and lifelong friend of Donny’s, Joe Burke! The family fun day featured arts and crafts, games, food, music and lots of good old fashioned fun.
In addition to neighbors, friends and family, where some state and local elected officials including Governor Charlie Baker, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, City Councilor Michael Flaherty, City Council President Bill Linehan, and DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez.
Attending this special day, made us proud to be part of the community of South Boston. Donny’s legacy will live on in a very vibrant and energetic spot in our neighborhood – which is fitting. The community of South Boston will forever be stronger because of him.
For more information about the Donny Higgins Memorial Fund, you can visit: http://donnyhiggins.yolasite.com