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William Harris “Pat” Pattillo, Jr., 75, of Savannah, Georgia, died Sunday evening, March 27, 2022, at his home following many years of health issues.

Pat was born on December 27, 1946, in the middle of a snowstorm in Newport, Rhode Island, as the only child of the late Captain William Harris Pattillo, Sr., United States Navy (Ret.), and the late Isabell C. Carrio Pattillo. His father’s military career took the family to many new homes and friendships across the United States. Pat also served his country as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge as a Captain, he began his career with a shipping company on the waterfront. His job, which he loved, gave him the opportunity to work at many ports along the East Coast. Pat was known and respected for his skill, knowledge, and safety concerns while loading/unloading ships from around the world.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Carol Pattillo, and extended family members.

He is survived by his daughter, Monica Pattillo and partner, Chris Gallovitch; his granddaughter, Grace E. Imholz and her husband, Jake; his great-grandchildren, Mila, Dominic and Isla; his devoted friend, Michaele Powell, and his many family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 o’clock Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service, with military honors, will be held at 3 o’clock Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Father Michael “Mike” Lubinsky (Ret.). Interment will be private.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses for their medical expertise and compassion in treating Pat and to the staff and friends at John Wesley Villas and Harmony at Savannah for their care and concern while Pat was ‘at home’.

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  1. Sandra L Bowen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, praying for comfort and peace to you and your family

  2. Bob Easonj says:

    I am so very sorry.
    It was my pleasure to work with Pat for many years and to consider him to be a friend.

  3. Elizabeth Haselden says:

    I am so sorry to hear and see this. You always are and are going to be close in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Chipper Pass says:

    So sorry for your loss…. This is another huge loss for the Waterfront. Hell of a Man!! I worked and travelled all over the eastern seaboard with Big Pat for many years. He had a wealth of knowledge and a true passion for our craft. Big Pat will always be remembered and talked about in the longshoreman community. What a treasure trove of memories we all have with him! He was my mentor and my friend. RIP

  6. Capt Tony Pass Sr says:

    I started on the river with Big Pat and work many a ship with him, a man could have no better coworker. We shared many a story together as Vietnam Vets and waterfront workers do. He will continue to be a legend on the waterfront for years to come. We have all lost a true friend and co worker. He loved his country and his job with great pride todays youth and young dock workers will have to go a long ways to fill his boots. My condolences to Pats family and relatives but rest a peace in knowing he just accepted his next mission in watching over all of us .
    Thanks Big Pat for all the memories

  7. Michele P Powell says:

    Pat was truly larger than life! His resounding voice impacted all of us who knew him, making him unique and unforgettable.
    He was a devoted family member and friend. He was an outstanding Waterfront worker for many years. He was a steadfast and patriotic American.
    Even though he has completed his earthly journey, we will appreciate his presence as we savor the wonderful memories, feeling gratified for the opportunity to have known and loved such an enthusiastic and exuberant man.

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