Born in Milwaukee, William graduated from Marquette University High School and St. Norbert College in De Pere. A former Milwaukee Repertory Theater intern, he performed with local companies big and small, including Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Boulevard Ensemble and others. Some career highlights include "Bent" (1997) and "The Zoo Story" (2006), coincidentally the opening & closing shows at Bialystock & Bloom, "True West" (1999), and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (2000). Bill will always be remembered and loved by his sister Cathy (Randy) Lawton, brothers Mike (Sharon Hart) and Tom (Rosie) Clifford, step-mother Mary Sue Clifford and her family, numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Catherine "Sis" Doucette Clifford and his sisters Mary Catherine and Patricia Marie.