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KATHLEEN M. LONG (HIGGINS), 1946-2006
Kathleen Long (Higgins)
passed away suddenly of a heart attack on August 25, 2006.
survived by her loving husband, Thomas S. Higgins, Esq.; her beloved children,
Kimberly (nee Maitland) Klodnicki (Kenneth) of Voorhees, NJ, Thomas
Higgins, Jr., of Mays Landing, NJ, Kathleen Higgins, Esq., of Voorhees, NJ,
Colleen Quick (Scott) of Hamilton Township, NJ, Daniel Higgins (Kristen) of South Brunswick, NJ, Sean Higgins and his wife Mary Lou of
Marlton, NJ, and Maureen Bergeron (Brent) of Barrington, NJ; her
brother Howard C. Long, Jr., Esq., (Amy) of Voorhees, NJ; and her sister
Joan Skanes (William) of NC. She adored her grandchildren: Katie,
Kenny, Dylan, Kelly, Douglas, Julia, Diana, Abigail, Meghan, Jennifer, Brittany
and Richard. She was also loved by her nieces and nephews, especially Danny,
Chris, and Bob.
In the early 1960s, Kathy was the head drum majorette of
the nationally recognized Audubon Bon Bons All Girl Drum and Bugle Corps where she
won the national championship trophy for the drum major competition. She graduated
from the Philadelphia
Institute of Paralegal Studies in 1985 and became a Supreme Court Certified
Paralegal. For 30 years, she was the office manager for her husband's law firm,
Higgins, Long and Bonfiglio, P.A. She was president of the Camden County Legal
Secretaries Association and was a member of the American Trial Lawyers
Association--Paralegal Division. A successful businesswoman, she owned the Little
World of Learning Child Care Center in Washington Township and was a partner in
the Lagoon Restaurant and Lounge in Brigantine and the Laurel Wood Liquor Store
and Shopping Center in Pine Hill, NJ.
Kathy was an avid, competitive
golfer winning many tournaments and awards. She was vice president and
president-elect of Tavistock's Ladies Golf Association and a member of Tavistock's
Ladies Golf Team. She played summer golf at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers
Point, where she won the club championship for her flight in 1999, and Seaview
Country Club in Absecon, where she won the Harbor League Invitational and the
husband-wife member guest. She was a member of the Women's Golf Association of
Philadelphia (WGAP) and the South Jersey Golf Association (SJGA), where she played
competitive team golf. She played golf in the winter at Palm Beach Polo and
Country Club in Wellington, Fla., where she played for the Ladies Team.
Kathy was a fervent sports fisherman, enjoying long excursions to the canyon off
of the New Jersey shore in search of marlin, tuna and swordfish, as well as off
the Keys of South Florida for sailfish, blue marlin and Wahoo in her 31-foot
Bertram, My Pinky. In 1980, she won the Ernest Hemmingway Award in Key West for
catching and releasing the most sailfish in the one-day tournament.
was active in the Democratic Party. She was known for hosting elaborate and
entertaining events and fund-raising parties for President William Clinton, Vice
President Walter Mondale, Governor James J. Florio, Congressman Robert Andrews,
and numerous other Democratic officials. She was an advocate for women's equality.
She was a sponsor of PAM's
list and EMILY's
list, as well as the Camden County Commission on Women. As a convention delegate at
the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, she joined Olympia
Dukakis in nominating Geraldine Ferraro as the nation's first female vice
presidential candidate. Kathy continued her work for the Party at the 1998
Convention in Atlanta where she served as a member of the National Rules
Committee. She served as hostess for the New Jersey Delegation at the 1992
Democratic National Convention in New York.
Kathy served on the boards of
numerous charitable organizations whose missions she believed in deeply, including
the Women's Board to Cooper Hospital UMC, where she chaired the Gala committee. In
1990, she was appointed by Gov. James J. Florio to the prestigious Drumthwacket
Foundation Board of Trustees for which she served as chairwoman of the Governor's
Sweetheart Ball, which raised funds for the restoration of the Governor's official
state residence. She was instrumental in researching, writing and preparing
Governor Florio's winning nomination submission for the 1993 John F. Kennedy
Profiles in Courage Award and then served on the awards dinner committee with
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John Kennedy, Jr., Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, and
many other members of the Kennedy family.
A viewing was held on Tuesday, August 29, 2006, from 7:00-9:00 pm at Platt Memorial Chapels, Inc.,
2001 Berlin Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ. The next morning friends and family
assembled at the funeral home at 9:15 am for a procession to St. Andrew the Apostle Roman
Catholic Church, 120 United States Ave., Gibbsboro, NJ., where a Mass of
Christian Burial was said at 10:00 am. Burial followed at
St. Joseph's Cemetery in Chews Landing, NJ.
Donations in Kathy's memory may be made to the American
Cancer Society, 1815 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to the family through email@example.com.
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