Henry G. Higgitt

Henry (Hank) G. Higgitt, Jr., 67, of Rensselaer died suddenly on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Albany Memorial Hospital. Hank was born in Troy, to Henry G. Higgitt, Sr., and Julia (Raleigh) Higgitt. His father having passed when Hank was just nine months old, he was raised by his beloved mother Julia, who persevered as a working, single mother long before that was common. After graduating from Catholic Central High School, Hudson Valley Community College, and New Hampshire College, Hank worked for the New York State Department of Health. He retired in 2004 as a chief health care fiscal analyst. In addition to his employment with the State, Hank was a successful real estate broker and small businessman. Hank had varied interests, particularly baseball, football, and horse racing. He coached many teams in the East Greenbush Little League and the East Greenbush Pop Warner, and was involved in the horse racing industry. Later in life Hank developed an affinity for poker. As a young man, Hank was a volunteer firefighter. Most importantly, Hank was a constant and strong presence in the lives of his three children, John (Sandra), Brendan (Caroline), and Erin (Bobby), and his four grandchildren, Zoe, Jackson, Luke, and Jacob. The grandchildren affectionately referred to Hank as "Papa." Hank is survived by his children, grandchildren, his spouse of 46 years, Catherine (Legnard) Higgitt, and several nieces and nephews. Hank enjoyed a special relationship with his nephew Paul Jerome (PJ) Higgitt (Lisa). Hank was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Paul J. Higgitt and his wife Dorothy (Salway). Friends and relatives are invited to attend the calling hours on Sunday evening between 4-7 at the Rockefeller Funeral Home (165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer). The funeral services are on Monday morning 9 o'clock starting at the Rockefeller Funeral Home with a mass to follow at 9:30 at Holy Spirit Church (667 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush). Interment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Troy. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.