Canon Jack Higham RIP

We are very sorry to report the death of our much-loved friend, Canon Jack Higham, who died last week while walking up a peak at Beinn a’ Choin, near the Inversnaid area of Stirling. He was 85.

Jack was a residentiary canon at Peterborough Cathedral for 20 years and taught art and architecture at City College; in retirement, he and his wife Pat moved to the Nottingham area. At St Mary’s, Jack took many services and was a legendary preacher and communicator, displaying an enormous wealth of scriptural and historical knowledge, all conveyed with a passionate concern for contemporary human concerns -all of which he would generously elaborate on after the service.  Jack was active in supporting many other churches and taught many acclaimed classes at the City WEA and elsewhere.

Peterborough cathedral said in a statement:

“We are very sad to learn of the death of Canon Jack Higham, our much loved and highly respected former colleague at the cathedral.  Jack was a residentiary canon for 20 years and loved this place. He had a deep knowledge of its history and was a passionate speaker about it. The cathedral community is very sorry to learn of his death. He died doing what he loved, walking in Scotland. Before coming to Peterborough Jack was rector for five years of Stoke Bruerne, Grafton Regis and Alderton in the diocese. He was also rural dean of Towcester. We have been in touch with his family to give them our deepest sympathy. We will pray for Jack and give thanks for his service to the cathedral.” 

Jack had two sons, Tim and Hugh, and two grandchildren. Details of his funeral have not been confirmed. His death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a report has been submitted to a coroner.

We will greatly miss him at St Mary’s; he enriched all our lives; may he rest in peace.

Paul Sibly, Churchwarden.