Rev. Dr. Robert H. Heighton Jr.
1941 - 2020
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Heighton, Rev. Dr. Robert H. Jr. ALBANY The Reverend Dr. Robert H. Heighton Jr. died on February 4, 2020, in St. Peter's Hospital. Born in Akron, Ohio on July 6, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert H. Heighton Sr. and Janeta Ruth Watson. Ordained a deacon in 2003 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Delmar, his passion was the intersection of Biblical study, archaeology, history and culture. Visiting Israel to work on the archaeological dig at Bethsaida was his best-ever vacation. He helped found the local Episcopal Franciscan Community of the Holy Cross and participated in many service and mission projects. He had a witty, quixotic sense of humor and a hearty laugh. Bob received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii and his B.A. in far eastern history from the University of California-Berkeley. An applied anthropologist, he specialized in medical and urban anthropology, statistics and research methods. Because he loved research, he donated his body to Albany Medical College. He was a natural teacher in and out of the classroom. Before moving to New York, he taught at the University of Florida, Georgia State University and University of Nevada-Reno. As a deacon he continued teaching Bible studies, church tradition and history. Bob developed methods of planning and evaluating community health centers for the National Institute of Mental Health. He also was a technical editor of college texts and software and a representative of Thrivent Financial. Bob is survived by his wife Paula-Christy and his children, Laurel and Prescott (Lauren). Also survived by sister Mary Heighton, and her companion Douglas Weaver; Bob's brother Henry Heighton; mother-in-law Dolores Smith; brothers-in-law, Gregory and Steven Smith; sisters-in-law, Susan (David) and Carole Smith; nieces and nephews, David (Christine) and Morgan Kita, Michael Travers, Lilia and Sabina Smith. His funeral will be on Tuesday, February 18, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 16 Elsmere Ave., Delmar. Reception follows in the church hall. Donations may be made to St. Stephen's Church.

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Published in Albany Times Union from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2020.
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February 17, 2020
Robert was a man of great faith who used his considerable intellect to help others expand their understanding of their faith. I cherish the time I had with him.
Stephen Hasslacher
February 14, 2020
Dear Paula-Christy and family,
I pray for you at this time of great loss and sadness. I hope that you find comfort in your friends, your family and your faith. I hope that you will find moments of peace and the relief of laughter and happy memories.
Linda Anderson
February 14, 2020
Deacon Bob will be greatly missed. He was a gentle soul whose eyes shone with the light of Christ. Prayers for Paula-Christy, all of Bob's family, and his fellow Franciscans of the Holy Cross.
The Rev. Dr. Nina George-Hacker
February 14, 2020
Our condolences to the Heighton family. We always enjoyed Bob's friendship, humor and spending time with him at our Franciscan Gatherings. We are blessed for the opportunity of knowing him!
Jim and Jeanie Shevlin
February 14, 2020
Christi, Laurel and Scott, Luz Sowers let me know of your loss, as she was in Nicaragua when she got the news. I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and such a good family friend. Luz asked me to care her sadness when she heard the news, as well. We pray for comfort and peace in your many memories. Sincerely, Lauren and Andrew Sowers Wigley
February 13, 2020
Wonderful person, very interesting to talk to and Bob listened to your story with interest. Extremely intelligent with a great story to tell. Bob was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace my friend, we all love you.
Tom Crowder
February 13, 2020
Paula and family, We are very sorry for your loss. I know this is a difficult time. Please let your faith carry you all in this difficult time.
Marie & Kevin Wertman
February 13, 2020
Debi and I were very saddened to hear of Deacon Bob's passing. He was a good friend and faithful servant of his Lord. His love for his family was deep and genuine. Let us all take comfort in the knowledge that God is doing more for Bob than any of us can desire or pray for
Duane Wilcox
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