William Spencer Stegin, Jr., 68, died August 21, 2020, at Candler Hospital.
His friends and family knew him as Bill. He was born March 7, 1952, in Savannah, GA, to William Spencer Stegin, Sr. and Margaret Jean Cheek Stegin. Bill was a 1970 graduate of Savannah High School. He followed in his father’s, grandfather’s, and great-grandfather’s footsteps in becoming a Savannah Bar Pilot and served as Pilot 9. Bill loved learning, especially mathematics, and being on and around the water.
He is survived by his wife, Angela; his son, William Spencer Stegin, III and his fiancé, Sarah Cohen; his son, Matthew Thomas Stegin; his brother, John Stegin (Jenny); his sister, Jane Lawrence (John); and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents and brother, Joseph Stegin.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Social distancing and the wearing of masks is encouraged for the safety of everyone attending.
Donna and I send our deepest condolences to Angela, Billy, Matthew, extended family, and friends.
- Kevin M. Drury, Brunswick, GA
Jane and John we are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your family
- Grovenstein , Pooler, GA
Billy and family, We are so sorry to hear the news about your dad. We are praying for your family in the days ahead.
- Meg and Joseph Hollis, Savannah , Ga
Sarah and Billy: We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. We pray that God give you the strength you need in this moments. Our most sincere condolences.
- Mauricio Ayala and family, Fredericksburg , VA
To both the Stegin and Beytagh families, please accept my thoughts and prayers in this most difficult time. May Bill rest in peace.
- Brother Logan, Savannah, Georgia
John, I’m so sad to hear this about Billy - you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Lynn Brown Sammons, Atlanta, Ga
Our hearts go out for the loss of Billy. He may not be here but your memories will stay with you forever. RIP Billy.
- Harry and Sherri Connolly, Savannah, GA
I'm very sorry to here about Billy, as I thought of him often. I looked forward to his Birthday calls over the years. We talked about getting together and sorry we didn't make that happen Sincerely, Wendell H Aiken
- joy aiken, Pooler, GA
Angela, we are so very heartbroken for your loss. Our prayers are with you and the boys. Love you.
- Melinda and Paul, Savannah, Georgia
Angela, I’m so sorry to hear of Billy’s passing you and your family are in my prayers
- Marsha Jones, Savannah, Ga
Angela, Matthew and Billy, Tommy and I offer our deepest condolences. We will be praying for your family .
- Tommy and Lynn Ryle, Savannah , Georgia
So sorry to hear this Billy and I grew up together at Hall Memorial Presbyterian Church many years ago. My condolences and prayers for the family. We lost a good man.
- Tommy Holland, Savannah, Georgia
Angela and family, My condolences to each of you on the passing of pilot 9. I recall with great clarity the day he brought his first ship up the Savannah River. The name of the vessel was the Witshoal II , and as soon as he stepped off of her, he was sent to an American tanker , the Yosemite to take her to sea. No possible reason as to why I remember those vessels, but I also recall working that day at ATCO, along with his brother Joe. I know Joe was beaming with pride. That was over forty years ago but the memory lingers on. I never revealed that moment to Pilot 9, but I somehow believe that by now , Joe has shared that and many other stories with big brother. May you find comfort and may pilot 9 cross the bar and find peace. John C. McCarthy
- John McCarthy, Savannah , Ga.
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.
Angela ,thinking of you, Billy and Matthew at this time and sending our love. Gail and George.
- GAIL SPENCE, Roswell, US
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- Greg and Faye Adams, Jacksonville , Florida
Angela, Billy and Matthew - Floyd and I couldn't believe this when we saw it in the paper. Our hearts are broken for you - Billy was a great husband, father and friend.
- Floyd and Susan Harbin, Richmond Hill, GA
- Carol and Billy Ray, Savannah, GA
I'm so sorry to hear this and for you loss. Thinking about the whole family today
- Tommy Harper, Denver , CO
Matt, Julia and I were so sorry to hear about the death of your Dad. I remember Bill from our days at Armstrong. I was always impressed that he was a river boat pilot. Any time I was around him he was always very friendly. He raised a very fine son in you. I know he will always be very proud of you. Our condolences to Angela and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless. Mike and Julia DeLoach
- Mike and Julia DeLoach, Savannah, GA
Dear Angela, Billy, Matt and Family, I was so sad to hear about Billy. Please accept my sincerest condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
- Jay Hall, Savannah, Georgia
Thoughts and prayers go out to both the Stegin and Beytaugh families. May God comfort you in you time of grief. May Perpetual Light Shine Upon him,Pilot 9.
- Larry and Julia Dyer Strickland, Savannah, Georgia
Deepest condolences from the Strittmatter’s to the entire Stegin family. We suffer this loss along with you and pray God’s peace, mercy and comfort upon you all in the days and times ahead. We’ll miss you Billy. God’s Blessings and Favor
- Ken & Patty Strittmatter, Easley, SC
May the care and love you have for each other give you the comfort and peace you need to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences
- Marnie and Dennis Wightman, Little Rock, AR
Our deepest sympathies to all of the Stegin family. We will keep you all in our prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss.
- Tammy Sauers, Savannah , GA
Angela Stegin and Johnny Stegin I find it hard to accept that Billy is no longer with us. The last time I saw him was in Maycrest Hardware several years ago now and he had not changed a bit from his earlier days. I always enjoyed hanging out with Billy because he kept the party going in a good way. I will never forget the time he took me on a ship he was taking out of port. What a great experience to be on the ship's bridge looking out over Savannah and the marsh/rivers and getting on to the Pilot Boat along side the ship as the captain increased speed. Although we grew apart as the years passed, I have always thought of Billy as a good friend. The next time I have a drink, I will be sure to have one for my friend Billy Stegin. We have truly lost a good one. My heart aches for your families. JP
- John (Eddie) Pelli, Savannah, GA
Bill Stegin helped our daughter feel at home in a new city and welcomed her into his family. How do you forget someone who does that? Short answer: you don’t. May his memory be a blessing.
- Bob and Donna Cohen, Canton, Georgia
Angela I'm so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. Sending prayers to you, Billy and Mathew..
- Sheri Stegin, Rincon, Georgia
Angela, Billy, Matthew and extending family and friends - No words can describe how very sorry we are for your loss. Having met Bill only a handful of times, however, each time he was extremely welcoming, warm, and kind to me. He was the real deal and a heck of a guy. My sister was blessed to spend almost two years with him and I’m grateful for all he did everyday for Sarah and Billy. Our heart’s go out to you all in this time of sorrow. You may be gone physically, but you will never be forgotten in our hearts. Sending my love to you all!
- Mario, Tessa, Faith, and Lucas Ayala, Boyton Beach, FL
The Pearson cousins (Margaret, Phyllis, Barbara, Mary Ann, Tony) send condolences with our thoughts and prayers at this time.
- MARCUS A PEARSON JR., Leland, NC
We are so sorry for your loss. We are always thankful for the love and care you give our grandchildren helping Catherine. They love you very much. We pray for you and your family. Alan & Donna Dunn
- Alan & Donna Dunn, Savannah, GA
So sorry to hear about Billy. Angela, my husband Louis & I were old friends from Eastern Heights Pres. Church. Condolences to you and all your family. John and Jane, it's been so long since I have seen any of you, even missing your mother's funeral. (Louis and I didn't know until too late), Louis is gone now as well. God Bless.
- Carolyn Gunn, Savannah, Georgia
To both the Stegin and Beytagh families, I am so saddened to read of Billy's passing. Angela, John, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless
- Patricia Corcoran Pharis, Irmo, South Carolina
Knew entire family from Eastern Heights church. Billy was a great guy. Condolences to his family.
- Wayne McCullough, Midway, Ga