Amby Heighton remembered for police, community service

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STELLARTON — Amby Heighton’s passing has prompted tributes from those, including Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray.

Former town police chief Ambrose James ‘Amby’ Heighton, who served on the town’s police force for 44 years, died on October 21. He was 69.

MacGillivray said, “The town is very sad to see his passing. He recalled when he was a youngster, Heighton as a police officer “looked out for the best interests of the town.”

Coun. Bryan Knight, who chairs the Stellarton Police Commission, paid tribute to Heighton.

“It’s a big loss to the community,” he said. “He was a good police officer and had the best interests of the community in mind. I liked the way he approached things.”

Knight also saluted Heighton’s treatment of young people that went with his support of school and youth programs and agencies that promoted safety. “He always had respect for youth,” he said.

Former Stellarton police chief Don Hussher also praised Heighton’s work with the force and in the community.

“Amby was a people’s chief,” he said. “He certainly was dedicated. It was not uncommon any hour of the day or week to see him in at work.”

Heighton’s funeral was last Friday in Stellarton.