What will you be doing when you’re 90?

Wow! Last week, City Councilmember Henry Knight celebrated his 90th birthday. For those of you who know Henry, you know that he has a decades-long commitment to service to the Auburn Hills community.

Imagine this. Henry helped to write the original City Charter when it was adopted and Pontiac Township became the City of Auburn Hills in 1983. In fact, Henry was instrumental in the naming of the City. For years he has given of his time and talents as a member of numerous committees, commissions, and boards. He has served many years as a City Councilmember and continues to serve in that role today. He is not only one of Auburn Hills’ biggest fans, he is also a generous contributor to many of the things the community has to offer. Most recently, Henry and his wife Claire provided generous donations for the construction of the splash pad and amphitheater at Riverside Park in downtown Auburn Hills. Ultimately, it was decided that the amphitheater would be named the Knight Amphitheater in honor of Henry and Claire’s longstanding dedication to the community. Currently, Henry and Claire have announced another generous donation to the new Veteran’s Memorial being planned at the Aaron Webster Cemetery. 

Today, Henry is as active as he has always been. That man can run circles around someone half his age. He is a walking library of knowledge about the history of Auburn Hills and is often the go-to person when it comes to making decisions that require historical knowledge.

Happy Birthday Mr. Knight. Here’s wishing you many more years of good health and lots of birthday cake!

Tom Tanghe, City Manager

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