Father Malachy Higgiston dies


Father Malachy Higgiston, who retired in Cherry Hill and once taught in Blackwood, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Virtua West Hospital, Voorhees. He was 88.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, on Oct. 28, 1923, Father Higgiston became a U.S. citizen in 1953. He was ordained on Dec. 8, 1956.

At the time St. Pius X Seminary was located in Blackwood, and Father Higgiston became a professor there. The seminary, which was on land now occupied by Camden County College, later closed.

Father Higgiston was a U.S. Army veteran Lieutenant Colonel. He retired in 1988 after 22 years of honorable service, including as military chaplain serving in Vietnam.

Father Higgiston received his master’s degree in theater from New York University in 1991. He then became the weekend assistant from 1989-2010 at St. Thomas More Church, Manalapan. He was a member of the Volantus Dei Institute.

Father Higgiston was predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and Dennis, and a brother and sister. He is survived by many loving friends including Leon Boddie, the Buckman family, Deacon Joseph Izzo, Msgr. Ed Alleyne, Father John Bambrick, Maureen Pohl and Patricia and Jim Duffy.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 19 at St. Thomas More Church, Manalapan. Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Toms River.