It is with sadness, that we announce the death of Mr. Ken Higgins, after a long illness, that finally took his life on Sunday 12th April. Our thoughts and care go to his wife Janet and their family.
Many of our parents and children will remember Mr. Higgins as the gentle man with the warm smile, who repaired their radio system, when no one else could! His understanding of radio systems was well respected in deaf education and he was often invited to take part in training sessions for Teachers of the Deaf across England. He never dismissed the child who reported, “A funny noise,” in their radios and would spend hours testing the radio in different school settings. It was Ken’s technical expertise that helped manufacturers of radios, cochlear implants and hearing aids, to understand, that the technology was different for each piece of equipment. They didn’t always match up! Ken worked for both Dudley and Worcester education authorities through the national charity, the Ewing Foundation. Although this meant he was often travelling long distances, he would try and return a child’s radio as quickly as possible. He understood better than many, how important this equipment was!
He will be remembered with deep gratitude and affection by his many friends and colleagues in the Dudley Deaf Children’s Society and the Dudley Hearing Impairment Service.
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