Bonnie Higbie, 69, a longtime Sun ‘n Fun volunteer, passed away Dec. 22, of heart failure.
Born June 30, 1940, in Hamilton, N.Y., she loved airplanes and traveling. She began volunteering at Sun ‘n Fun in 1981 in the media center. Just a few years later she was appointed to the media chairmanship, a post she held for 18 years. She then served as morning show co-host on Sun ‘n Fun Radio 1510 AM.
“Each morning, listeners heard her beautiful voice on the air talking about the second greatest love of her life — aviation (the greatest love of her life being her family),” said Dave Shellbetter, radio chairman (pictured above with Higbie). “In her voice, you could hear her love for the event and her excitement in being there. Besides the morning show, she helped with recorded interviews and special announcements.”
She also worked as an information specialist with the Florida Department of Transportation.
She is survived by her children, Brian Higbie and Dawn Richards; grandchildren, Matthew and Tom Higbie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709, Clearwater, Fla., 33762.