HIGGINS, Jody Lynn 1973-2022

It is with immense sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jody Lynn Higgins on December 13th, 2022 at age 49. She left this world peacefully surrounded by those who loved her.

Jody leaves to mourn her mother Suzanne Smith (late father Brian Higgins and the late Lionel William Brookes); her loving husband Neil Van Willegen, and her beloved children Nathan, Abigael and Allyson, who she cherished and loved unconditionally. She will be forever loved and remembered by her brother Sean Higgins (Tracey Luttrell) and Rhonda Joseph, sister Shanyn Higgins (Jim Burley), her dear Aunt Marjorie Havey and the late Laurence Havey; her Parents-In-Law Elsje and Rino Granito and Fred Van Willegen and Mary Fitzpatrick. She leaves behind to mourn numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles who are deeply saddened by her passing.

Jody was an amazing wife, a loving and nurturing mother, a wonderful daughter, and sister, as well as a caring friend to many. Jody had a special gift that instantly made you gravitate towards her. She would light up a room with her smile and go out of her way to make everyone happy.  May she rest in peace for eternity and remain forever in our hearts.  Goodbye sweet Jody, until we meet again, we all love and miss you.

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow”      Robert Louis Stevenson

The family will receive condolences, on Saturday, January 14th, 2023, at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick of the Island Church (278 Rue Shamrock, Pincourt QC  J7V 3W1), followed by a funeral mass at 2 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the incredible ICU staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital (MUHC) for their exceptional and compassionate care of Jody.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation (https://fondationduchildren.com/en/fundraising/in-memory-of-jody-lynn-higgins) or The Trisomy 18 Foundation (https://trisomy18.org/ways-to-give/) would be greatly appreciated.


  • Linds and Jim Kilgallen Posted 27/12/2022 7:12 pm

    You will for ever live in our hearts and prayers.

  • Kevin Couturier Posted 28/12/2022 3:04 pm

    I’m so so sorry we never got to see each other, I don’t remember how old you were when I last saw you. Til we meet again

  • Ron Bloomfield Posted 31/12/2022 5:05 pm

    Although we had not seen Jody in many years, her kindness and wonderful disposition is what I remember most. I’m so very saddened by her premature passing.

  • Angelove Posted 13/01/2023 9:09 am

    Fly High my beautiful Jody. you will be dearly missed. Thank you for everything you taught me when I started with Sika. I will remember your kind heart, your smile and your laugh. RIP Jody

  • Helen Barnes Posted 14/01/2023 12:57 pm

    Missing Jody and her laugh. She will be greatly missed and Ella’s second mom .

  • Anne Farray Posted 01/02/2023 10:53 am

    Sincerest condolences Sue and family on the loss of your dear daughter. May God give you and family the strength and guidance as you live through this difficult period of loss of your loving daughter. May she Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

    • Suzanne Smith Posted 05/03/2023 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Anne, they are very much appreciated. It’s so nice to hear from you despite the circumstances, take good care.

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