Former Wilton police chief dies

Retired Wilton Police Chief Robert J. Northcott died May 16 at his home in Fairfield. He was 93.

Chief Northcott helped establish the full-time Wilton force, which was organized in 1969. Prior to coming to Wilton, Chief Northcott was a Connecticut State Trooper, retiring with the rank of sergeant after 25 years of service.

“Chief Northcott devoted 14 years of his life to formulating and building the Police Department,” a press release from the Wilton Police Department said. “At first the Department was housed in the basement of the Town Hall, moving to its present facility in 1974.”

A graduate of Bassick High School, Chief Northcott served in the army in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, to whom he was married for 72 years, and two daughters.