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Muqaddam AJP (Tony) Higgins


Tony sadly passed away suddenly during the night of 22/23 June from a suspected heart attack. Being a Muslim he was buried at 1200 on 23 June in the Public Cemetery at Al Amerat (on the Quriyat Road)


Tony, was born in the UK in May 1946, he came from a military family and as such followed the drum wherever his father was posted. He was educated in the UK, and after school, went to RMA Sandhurst and was commissioned into the RAOC.


His first contact with Oman was a secondment to Oman in 1973-74 as a Supplies Officer both in Dhofar and the north. On his return to UK, he met Lutfiya Al Kharusi (Lottie), who was on a Nursing Course there. This was to change his life and they married in December 1976. Tony left the British Army, followed Lottie back to Oman and on 18 January 1979 came to SAF on contract. He initially served as SO3 (Q) in Northern Oman Brigade and then later on his promotion to Raaid as the Brigade DQ. From here he moved to HQ SOLF (Quartering Branch) as SO2 and later as SO1, on his promotion to Muqaddam. In the late 1980’s he was posted to Office of COSSAF as the SO1 Quartering, but was additionally given the task of organising the 1990 and 1995 National Day Parades, which he did most successfully. From here he moved to Bait Al Falaj to organise the opening of the SAF Museum. His final posting was to the National Survey Authority as SO1 Coordination, before leaving SAF in January 1998.


His wife Lottie, became Matron of Armed Forces Hospital (AFH) and later Chief Nursing Officer. They had two daughters, Layla and Sarah, now both married and living in UAE.


Tony became an Omani Citizen in 1998 and worked for Sayyid Al Mutassim bin Hamood for several years as General Manager of his Civilian Company. He retired from this and he and Lottie spent their summers in the UK at their house in Bath, and winters in Oman, and UAE with their daughters and three grandchildren.


Tony had a great sense of humour and was a great raconteur, and even produced a book of poems, some of which demonstrated his acerbic and none too PC wit! He will be sadly missed.

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