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Celebrating the life of

Stephen Patrick Roberts (Steve)

January 17, 1955 - December 17, 2023

Stephen Patrick Roberts (Steve)

Stephen Patrick Roberts (Steve), 68, of Savannah, owner of Savannah Toyota passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2023. He was at one of his favorite places, his farm. He loved spending time there with family and friends.

Steve was born January 17, 1955, in Fort Worth Texas to the late Jo and Marcia Roberts. He grew up in Winter Park, Florida, and attended Trinity Preparatory School in Orlando and University of Central Florida. After college he went to work for Southeast Toyota Corporate and moved to Savannah in 1989 to purchase Savannah Toyota.

An active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Steve served on the vestry to include acting as Senior Warden. He also taught Youth Sunday school and provided usage of his home on the Vernon River as well as his farm for Youth retreats and activities. He was a member of the Gun Club and Duck Camp. He was active in supporting the Savannah Cultural scene to include membership in the Telfair Museum Director’s circle and the Georgia Historical Society. He was a member of the deTocqueville Society for the United Way, a generous supporter of Hospice Savannah, the Savannah Country Day School, and Trinity Prep in Orlando. Steve was a member of Chi Phi fraternity at UCF, an association he enjoyed as a legacy with his father. Numerous organizations benefited from his mentorship and generosity.

Steve was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating and loved sharing his passion with friends and family. He also enjoyed seeing the world and cruising on his much loved boat, “The Big Snooze”.

He is remembered for story telling, his attention to detail, willingness to step up when needed and hang back when appropriate, and most especially for his hospitality.  He was a man of strong faith and was passionate about supporting education.

Steve is survived by his wife Susan, his daughters Megan Rodenberg (Todd), Morgan Caldwell (Maclain), Sally Shay (Matthew), his grandchildren: Luke, James, Stephen, Benjamin, Caroline, Taylor, and Jack; and his sister Mollie Roberts and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was especially proud of his family.

Visitation Service at Fox and Weeks on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Memorial Service to be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah 31411 at 10:30 AM, Thursday, December 21, 2023. Private reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Children’s and Youth service



I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort to your family.

- Pat Reagan, Athens, GA

I was shocked to hear the news about Steve's passing. He was a very nice person and always pleasant to talk with. I will be praying for Susan and their family. God be with you in this sad time. Travis Lundy

- Travis Lundy, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

Sending condolences to the family and prayers I will miss seeing him at Savannah Toyota he was a Awesome guy I'm still in shock over what happened RIP Mr Roberts

- Tina M Lowery, Midway, GA

Too soon, too young were my first thoughts after hearing the news. A devoted son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, Steve was, in many ways, larger than life. He was serious about his business but there was a softer, generous side many people never saw. And while I won’t be able to be there in person, I will be attending in spirit. My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his family. He will certainly be missed.

- Robert E. (Bob) Savadge, VERO BEACH, FL

What an awesome man Steve was. I can truly say that I am a better man for knowing him! His infectious smile and quick wit were always so refreshing. Steve was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off of his back and if he didn't have a shirt to give, he would be sure and find you one! Truly one of a kind. He was like a big brother to me and truly part of the Driftaway family and will be sorely missed by all of us around here. I find peace knowing that he passed away doing what he loved in a place he loved and did not suffer in a hospital or any other institution. May God wrap His loving arms around the Roberts family and bring you all peace that only He can provide. Dwell on the fond memories of good times and know there were many!

- Robyn & Michele Quattlebaum, Savannah, GA

The world has lost a wonderful man, a true force of nature. His vigor and exuberance will be sorely missed. My heart breaks for Susan and the family!

- Honey Maner, Savannah, Ga

My deepest to the entire family. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

- Essie Johnson, Richmond Hill, GA

My condolences to the family and close friends. Mr. Steve was a sweet man with a kind soul. Take your rest Mr. Steve. Sincerely yoyo from the parts department

- Yolanda Michelle Hamer, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the family an friends.

- Eric J Williams family , Pooler, Ga

My deepest condolences to the family and friends. He will be missed by many. I hold a great sense of pride knowing him.

- Scott Drown, SAVANNAH, GA

It’s hard to convey how much he meant to me. I served him lunch 3/4 times a week for almost 20 years at Driftaway Cafe , but it was more than just that. He shared good advice with me, and good jokes, and many wonderful conversations. He was my friend. He fussed at me for not getting regular oil changes, gave me deer meat , and always asked about my family. I’m gonna miss him so very much but I’m grateful to have had him as a friend for as long as I did. My condolences to his entire family.

- Shannon Warren, Savannah, Georgia

I am so sad to hear about Steve's passing. What a great example of a Christian. It was an honor to Serve with you at St Thomas IOH church. Prayers for your family

- jay jesse jaynes, St Simons Island, GA

It was a great honor to know Steve. He was a great person and show me I was a part of his family. I will truly miss him and the talks we had. My deepest sympathy to the family. I can go on and on about the wonderful person he was. I will miss him greatly .

- (Billy)Moses Jones, Savannah, GA

So Sorry to hear this! I previously worked for Savannah Toyota. Mr. Roberts was a nice boss. My condolences /prayers to his family and all that knew him.

- Nicole Holcey-Smith, Savannah, GA

Oh Susan I am so sorry to hear this news. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

- Joanie Koehler, Cornelius, NC

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

- Bonnie R Turner, Savannah, Georgia

I was so saddened to hear the news of Steve's passing. I so appreciated the opportunity to have worked with him on some Real Estate through the years. I admired his great sense of humor along with his high energy and creativity in business. Will be saying prayers for family.

- Rhett Mouchet, Savannah, Georgia

My condolences I used to work at Savannah Toyota and Mr. Roberts was a great employer

- Tiffany Howard , Colorado springs , Co

Sending condolences , hugs and prayers for comfort in this time. He was a good man and will be missed. I was blessed to be able call him my friend and know him

- Paula J Norman, Savannah, GA

I went to Trinity Prep with Steve and remember him fondly.He was a loyal and truly decent person. He was kind,engaging,and fun to be with. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.

- Alan Johnson, Montclair, NJ

I want to send my deepest sympathy to the Roberts family and tell my friend Mr. Steve Roberts to rest in peace and thank you for doing everything to help me when I lived in Savannah what a great guy I think about him all the time thank you Mr. Roberts Rip always

- Walker Oliver, New Iberia , La

I am saddened by the news of Steve’s passing. He always wore a smile and was a pleasure to talk with about everything from business to sports. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

- Mike Bashlor, Savannah, Ga

He was one of the best most loyal people I have ever had the pleasure to know. His heart was so big. He made everything and everyone around feel safe and equal . He was an icon to us at Driftaway Cafe. Even the kitchen understood “ Steve with the Jalapenos “. There are no words , or anything I can say to all of you beautiful family members that you don’t know already . God bless you all and keep you well. He was so proud to be your father/ husband to you Susan . All these grandchildren may never live with him alive in this life . I can promise that , they will know about him forever. Legacy of life forever.All my love Michelle Calver

- Michelle Calver, Savannah , Georgia

Mr. Roberts was my first boss upon returning home to Savannah back in 2016. I served as HR Manager at Savannah Toyota and Mr. Roberts was an awesome guy, never too busy to chat and encourage me to cut my long hair! I think he's happy looking down on me now as I've trimmed it up! Thank you for taking a chance on me and always being so approachable and friendly Mr. Roberts, I know you will be missed tremendously.

- Brian Cail, Savannah, Georgia

Lost for words, but wish to say I will be ever so grateful to you and the Savtoy family, for given me the opportunity to know and work for you and the Savtoy team at TRAC. My deepest condolences to the family and the Savtoy team on this great loss. May your good soul rest in peace Sir!!

- Dominic Sandeep, Edmonton , Alberta

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel