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‘Everyone will miss his razzing:’ Former Windsor police officer remembered

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William “Bill” Glen, Nov. 30, 1942 to Nov. 11, 2021

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Bill Glen loved his dogs, his Harley and making people laugh.  

The longtime Windsor police officer who made headlines after he was shot in the line of duty in the 1970s, died Nov. 11 at the age of 78.  

Glen and his late partner, Const. William Pheby, were both shot while pursuing a gunman in 1973. More than a hundred shotgun pellets remained in Glen’s body decades later when he recalled the experience in a 2019 Star story.  

“How many times have I thought about that night? I couldn’t count that high. A lot,” Glen said at the time.

Dorothy Glen, Bill’s wife of 27 years, said her husband loved his job as a police officer, especially a year spent doing undercover work. He belonged to the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle group and served with the Windsor police from 1964 to 1993.

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“He never wanted to do anything else,” Dorothy said.

Retired Windsor Police officer Bill Glen, shown here in May 2019, has passed away.
Retired Windsor Police officer Bill Glen, shown here in May 2019, has passed away. Photo by Nick Brancaccio /Windsor Star

In his retirement, Dorothy said her husband loved riding his Harley. The couple would spend winters in Florida, where Bill would ride with a GoPro camera strapped to his helmet and send the videos to friends toughing it out in the cold.

“I’m not really sure, if he had to make a choice between me and the Harley, which one it would be,” Dorothy said with a laugh.

Another of Bill’s passions were his dogs, Glen said. When the couple met, Bill had a Pekingese — “That was kind of funny, this big, tall guy walking the Pekingese,” Dorothy said — but later, the couple adopted greyhound dogs, often seniors dogs surrendered by other owners. Bill loved them because they’re “big couch potatoes” who love to sleep.  

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Dorothy said Bill was known for sitting outside in the summer with pockets full of dog treats for the passing dogs — every neighbourhood pet knew where Bill lived.

“He was a real animal lover,” she said.

Dorothy said his friends will remember Bill as a man with a “relentless sense of humour” who loved to make people laugh. But more than that, he also brought out the humour in others.

“He’d tease all the neighbours,” Dorothy said. “A neighbour of ours in Florida … she told me she’s going to miss that.”

“I think I became sort of like him a bit, I found myself quipping back, like ‘I can’t believe I just said that.’” Bill would surprise her with flowers at least once a month, just because.

Bill Glen is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two stepchildren, three grandchildren and numerous other beloved friends and family. Memorial visitation will take place at the Victoria Greenlawn Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Reservations are required for the service, 519-969-3939. Donations to the Greyhound Pets of America – Canada or the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society are appreciated.

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