Fr Edward Higgs was President of the Club up until 1984. Apparently he was Parish Priest of Bunhill Row so is not listed among the rectors of St Mary Moorfields on the plaque in the Porch of St Mary's. 


Following his death in 1988 the following tribute appeared in the club newsletter:

  • Father Edward Bernard Higgs R.I.P.

"Many Club members will be sorry to learn that Father Higgs, Parish Priest at Bunhill Row until 1984, died on March 23rd. Born in Ealing in 1913 he attended St. Joseph's School, Hanwell, Westminster Cathedral Choir School, St. Edmund's College, Ware, and was ordained priest by Cardinal Hinsley at Westminster Cathedral on June 29th, 1936. During the war he was evacuated to Cornwall and after serving in Somers Town and Hanwell was appointed administrator and then Parish Priest at St. Joseph's, Bunhill Row.


He was a good friend of the club and enjoyed meeting members at the square dances held in one of the classrooms of the school. Always willing to act as Chairman at the Annual General Meetings he fulfilled this task with good humour and tolerance. The last years of this life were
difficult. Uneasy relations with the management of the "Catholic Herald", who had taken over the building on the closure of the school, apparent unconcern by the diocesan authorities over the sad deterioration in the fabric of the chapel, years of illness and loneliness bravely borne, periods of hospitalisation at the National Hospital, Queen Square, and St. John and
St. Elizabeth's Hospital.


Father Higgs was rather an eccentric, difficult and stubborn at times, but he was a man of great faith who loved the Lord. The club was able to help the parish in several ways, for it was very poor. One remembers Norah Smeaton's cheerful teams at the annual bazaars and Meg Walsh's
painting work in the chapel. Seven club members were able to attend the Requiem Mass on Tuesday 29th March. The main celebrant was Bishop Guazelli, assisted by twenty local priests - would that Father Eddie had  received such support during his lifetime.   


May he rest in peace".


Fred McAndrew