Celebrating the life of

William Edward McGonigal (Bill)

August 20, 1939 - December 13, 2022

William Edward McGonigal (Bill)

William Edward McGonigal (Bill), scientist, husband, father and grandfather, passed away in his home in Savannah, Georgia on December 13, 2022. He died peacefully in the company of his wife and beloved caregiver. Juanita Young.

Bill was born August 20, 1939, in Atlanta, Georgia and was adopted at birth by his proud and loving parents, William McGonigal Sr. and Gladys Smith McGonigal. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Sara Bowers McGonigal.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rebecca McGonigal; son, William E. McGonigal Jr.; daughter-in-law, Dorinda McGonigal; grandchildren, Alex McGonigal and Kaz Green; and stepson, Christopher Robinson.

Bill earned a PhD in organic Chemistry in 1965 from Georgia Tech University.  He was recruited by Dupont, where he worked until retirement, as a bench scientist, laboratory director and manager in Wilmington Delaware, Houston Texas, and Charlottesville Virginia. His work involved travel to hospitals in Germany, Switzerland, Dubai, Russia, Japan and Hong Kong. He was active in the American Chemical Society and was awarded a lifetime membership.

He was a man of faith and a leader and teacher in every church he joined. His interests and hobbies were many and varied including civil war history, Irish music, gardening, football, writing poetry, building computers, building scale model airplanes and refinishing furniture. As young Kaz once said, “Pop can do anything.”

Bill’s funeral service will be at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 20. Interment will follow at a later date at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31405.



Remembering fun times and trips over the years with Bill; he will be missed.

- Genette and Bob, Denver , Co

Bill was a second father to me. So many times I reached out for his wise advice. I knew he was always there at the other end of the phone. When I lived in Atlanta he and Sarah finally moved there minutes from my home. They arrived on my birthday and I could not have gotten a better gift. We shared a lot of great family times then. Steve, Garrett and I will miss him.

- Linda Griffeth, Baton Rouge , La

Becky, deepest condolences to you and your family in the passing of Bill.

- Kay Hambrick & Ken Weeks, Oakwood, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel