Bill was born on August 11, 1930 in Kirkland Lake. After leaving high school, Bill was a top-notch underground miner.
Bill joined the OPP on June 6, 1964. Bill and his family settled in South Porcupine, followed by Hearst then later moving to North Bay.
Bill had a wide variety of interests ranging from scuba diving, skeet shooting and tinkered as a amateur mechanic. In his earlier days, he played drums in the Kirkland Lake area with a dance band. Bill was also a talented artist.
Constable Smith had just started the day shift on February 16, 1982, and was assigned to radar patrol. He was traveling west on Highway #17 when he clocked a speeder driving in the opposite direction. Bill turned the car in a sharp U-turn to pursue the fleeing vehicle and was struck broad-sided by a westbound truck. Bill died three hours later at North Bay Civic Hospital as a result of massive injuries. The driver of the truck was found not to be at fault.
Bill died three hours later at North Bay Civic Hospital as a result of massive injuries. His wife was by his side.
Trees were planted in Bill’s memory at both the old and new North Bay Detachments. A plaque honouring the officer who loved life to the fullest is proudly displayed at the North Bay Detachment.