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WILLIAM THOMAS “BILL” BOGDEN

William T. (Bill) Bogden, of Savannah, GA, passed away peacefully on November 24th at the age of 81 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a devoted father, brother, and friend to all. He worked his entire life in sales, most recently selling BMW automobiles in Pittsburgh for 29 years prior to moving to Georgia in 2011.

He is survived by his brother J. Robert Bogden of Monessen; and by his four children of whom he thought the world: Pamela (Charles) Usher & Craig (Celia) Bogden; both of Savannah, GA, Brett (Gina) Bogden of Las Vegas, NV, and Garrett (Courtney) Bogden of Lancaster, PA. Bill also was blessed with five grandchildren of whom he was most proud: Rachel, Alexia, Seager, Abby, and AJ. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Joseph & Mary Bogden who were lifelong residents of Monessen and many cherished friends he made along the way.
Bill brightened our days with his smile and unique character. He was well-known for his story telling abilities and enjoyed sharing his experiences of how he sold cars to notable Pittsburgh athletes. He was also a fan of Westerns, particularly those featuring Roy Rogers. He regularly spoke of the time he got to meet Roy and how he spent time having a conversation with him. He was often heard saying “It is what it is”. He will be greatly missed. “Happy trails to you, until we meet again.”

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice Savannah, Inc. (www.hospicesavannah.org/give).

Due to COVID-19, visitation with the family and a celebration in Bill’s honor is scheduled for April 9th, 2021 at the Shelby Ferguson Funeral Home in Belle Vernon at a time to be announced.

Online Condolences

  1. Diane Koget says:

    Sincere sympathy.

  2. Pearl Smedley. says:

    Pam,
    So,so saddened to hear about your dad with our phone call. He was a “great, wonderful man.”
    He is at peace without pain, as you know.
    To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.
    Blessings to you all.
    Pearl

  3. Virginia M. Crea says:

    Pam and family, So sorry for your loss. He truly enjoyed all the time he got to spend with the family. I knew your Dad from high school and he was also friends with my husband. Drinking coffee at Johnson’s Restaurant. God Bless.

  4. Shelly Booth Jones says:

    Pam,
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s and dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  5. Tom Sawyer says:

    Pam, I was saddened to get the phone call from Brett. Bill was my best salesman in the BMW store. When he came in to apply for the job, I knew in one minute that he was the one to hire. His professionalism was unmatched and he had many repeat customers because of that. It must have been doubly difficult for you with your mother’s passing only a month before. Please accept my deepest sympathy. We lost a great one.

  6. Barry & Janis Fazio says:

    Garrett & Pam & rest of family. We were shocked & saddened hearing about the lost of your Dad, Bill. I haven’t heard from him in a while, but never thought that he was sick. I just mailed him a Christmas card, now I feel so bad. We lived our whole lives in Belle Vernon & knew Bill. We bought many cars from him & he always took them to work for service for us. I worked at PNC Bank & I got to know his brother Robert as well. He used to call me from your phone Pam & I was always happy to talk to him, here in SW Florida. We will never forget him & his friendliness. Rest in Peace Dear Bill, until we meet again. love, Janis & Barry Fazio

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