William Lister Bird was born on April 5, 1878. He was educated in Bracebridge at the Bracebridge Public School, Upper Canada College in Toronto and took a general electric engineering course at Peterborough, Ontario. On December 8, 1903, he married Eva Stephenson of Bracebridge and was the father of three children, Mildred Mary, William Henry Stephenson and Charles who died in infancy. He moved to Fort William, Ontario and worked for the Kaministiquia Power Company and, at retirement, was its Vice President and General Manager. William took an active role in the community and engineering profession. Over the years, William was the president for the Fort William Rotary Club, Fort William Ski Club, Fort William YMCA, Fort William Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Electric Light Association. He was a member of the Fellow American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Fellow Engineering Institute of Canada along with many other organizations. 

On September 3, 1964, William died.

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