John "Jay" H. Higgins, Jr. on November 26, 2013. Beloved son of John H. Higgins, Sr. (Carolyn) and the late Lottie (Tita) Villanueva Higgins. Beloved father of Angela and Christian Higgins and the late Mary (Katie) Higgins. Brother Karen Chester, Terri Higgins and the late Steven Higgins. Grandfather of Havanna Rex, Madison and Kaeson Higgins. Longtime companion of Amanda. Former husband of Catherine Downs. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Age 53, native of New Orleans and a resident of River Ridge, La. John was a former sous chef at Commander's Palace, Arnaud's, Katie's and others. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Catholic Memorial Service at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 1600 N. Causeway on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 10:00 am. Inurnment private. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimer.com.