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Robert J. Northcott, 93, Fairfield Resident, Former Wilton Police Chief

WILTON, Conn. – Robert J. Northcott, who was the first police chief in Wilton, died on May 16. The Fairfield resident was 93.

Northcott was the first police chief when the Wilton Police Department was organized in 1969. Northcott worked for 14 years in Wilton. He previously was a Connecticut state trooper, retiring with the rank of sergeant after 25 years.

"Chief Northcott devoted 14 years of his life to formulating and building the Police Department," said current Wilton Police Chief Michael Lombardo. "At first, the department was housed in the basement of the Town Hall moving to its present facility in 1974."

Northcott was a graduate of Bassick High School in Bridgeport and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was an accomplished football and basketball player, and was honored by the Bridgeport Old Timers Association.

Northcott is survived by his wife of 72 years, Barbara; daughters Noreen Berarducci and Bobbie, both of Trumbull; a brother, John (Kathy) of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas; Sister, Margaret Trembly; and son-in-law, Robert Berarducci.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Spear Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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