Jeremy H. “Coal” Steigerwalt

January 31, 2010

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Jeremy H. “Coal” Steigerwalt of Ephrata, Pennsylvania was killed around 7 pm on January 18th after his motorcycle collided with an unidentified vehicle in the northbound lane of Route 222 in Mannheim Township.

Steigerwalt died of traumatic brain injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no witnesses to the accident. Police are still investigating.

Steigerwalt was born in Allentown and he worked as a maintenance supervisor for M.H. Eby, Incorporated, a trailer manufacturer in Blue Ball, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his mother, Miriam Shovelin; his father Gary D. Steigerwalt; his longtime fiancée Julie Gillings; and his brother, Brendon.

He was also a patch holder in the Pagans Motorcycle Club and he is mourned by his club brothers who remember that he Lived Pagan and Died Pagan. His club saw him to his grave at a service on January 23rd.

It was a good day when Coal Steigerwalt entered the world and it was a bad day when he left it. He died fast doing something he loved. He was only 33-years-old.

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20 Responses to “Jeremy H. “Coal” Steigerwalt”

  1. Julie Gillings Says:

    Jeremy, My Jeremy,
    All these years later & you are never far from my thoughts & have never strayed from my heart.
    I can’t help but shake my head at the article above. Your mother in whom you did not necessarily “get along with” I’ll just say out of respect as you were her only child & she is crazy & shedid love you in her own strange way. I am now a mother to a beautiful 2 year old little boy who bears an uncanny resemblance to you, favors your unique quirks & mannerisms & whom I believe was put in my life to save me from myself. Grief stricken for years, bottled up inside, I’ve been angry at the world for the hurt I feel, the hand I was dealt & the life I was robbed due to your death. I mourn to this day, breaking down at the most random times or places. I believe it’s the lack of closure, The claim there were no witnesses of your “accident” makes me sick to my stomach. Over 80 911 calls were made at 7:20pm Jan 18, 2010. Yet of all those calls no partial license plate # was ever pieced together? BS. It was reported by doz of callers 2 big burly men looked odd, were remembered, were driving and the passenger in that little blue car that suddenly hit their brakes only for an instant, a deacceleration of a fraction of mile per hour it was explained to me -that would have enough effect to cause even the most experienced of riders (Let me tell you,my man could rideeee!) like you, to hit the bumper & in the blink of eye, you had no chance even with a helmet on the corroner explained to my devestated mother, you were gone. I was bitter at first learning that even those obnoxiously bright double headlights on your new fat bob, in the high beam position they were stuck on. The car could’ve never seen you behind them the police tried to insist… sure if that driver were completely blind- a complete crock of shit. I can’t be the only one who wonders what became of those 2 men in the blue car that killed Jeremy that warm January night? Vanished -how convienent I still say- 8 Years & almost 5 months & for the rest of my days I know you were taken not by accident, your life was taken away. Your tox report was clean, your death certificate blames you and the case was closed & I vowed vengence, not at your grave. Those brothers that mourned you to the grave- where are your buried baby? And whose ashes do I have locked away safe & tight? The authentic cars of cremation says your name very clearly… your bike insurance covered it & the memorial service completely? Did the fundraisers your family held pay for a funeral I was unaware of or just their new cars they weren’t sure the life insurance policies might not fund enough of?
    If I wasn’t such a coward I’d have been with you long ago, but there’s one little boy who calls me Mom and he seems to really love me so I’m sorry handsome man but I think somewhere in my heart I knew he was coming and that’s why No matter how low to the bottom of the bottle I’d climb I woke up from rolled & wrecked cars unscratched, not bent or broken & never in your strong arms.
    Times have changed, people come and they go. You were loved & understood by a few, feared by plenty & respected so much more than you could ever know. To this day grown men can’t look me in the eye & it’s because you deserve justice. Not a coverup or lie. I think that lil 29 yr old girl has grown to a 37 yr old woman has proven that there’s no one around who scares, intimidates or impresses me enough to make me go away.
    Forever I will stay your Baby Doll honey. I miss you mire every day. There’s an ache in my soul that can’t be undone. I’ll love you forever & a day xoxo.

  2. Runt Says:

    R.I.P. Coal
    To the Pagan Brotherhood, sorry to hear about loss and extending deepest sympathy.
    Much respect from some friends up in central PA.

  3. Fritz 1%er Says:

    RIP Coal. You may be gone but, you WILL NOT be forgotten Brother! My condolences go out to his family. LPDP
    Love and Respect,
    Fritz 1%er

  4. Gringo 1%er Says:

    condolences to his brothers and family
    RIP Jeremy..

  5. fayettenamhoe Says:

    more bad news

  6. Rebel Says:

    This is a comment from Danny that was accidentally deleted and recovered. Sorry about that Danny.

    I am not affiliated with any club, I live to ride, i no nothing of the lifestyle, and what happened was bad, but if you werent there when it happened you have no right running your mouth, i wasnt there so i will not say anything about that other than it was bad for everyone involved, cause both have lost , im in roanoke va. and the Pagans have been here the whole 41 years ive been alive, and im proud to say that, I have probably ridden with members before, I would not know if I have or not, the point is the Pagans do not go around starting shit like we hear about other clubs, they are like everyone else in this world, we all want respect, the Pagans get respect, the rest of the world cries about it because they cant get it, Ive never seen trouble started for no reason, everyone should not be judging them for taking care of their business, Im proud of the Pagans and even tho I dont know them personally I would have their back anytime, I would like to see more of them, but society has made bikers out to be outlaws, and all they ever get is harrassed by the law, how about all the cults and city gangs, you dont see the law harrassing them, people are jealous of bikers and resent them for it, people should wise up, without bikers, we would really be in sad shape.

  7. pervert Says:

    Ride Free Man


  8. Muck 1%er Says:

    To Coals family, friends and the Pagan Nation. Sorry for your loss

  9. Oilslick Says:

    My sincere condolences to Coal’s family, friends and his club brothers.
    RIP Coal.


  10. Square Verbose Doc Says:

    Condolences to all who knew Coal.

  11. RVN69 Says:

    These have been some bad times for the Pagan Nation, I hope the future improves for them. My most sincere condolences to Coal’s family and brothers. May he ride in peace forever.


  12. Rebel Says:

    Dear Boston Mark,

    Least I could do. My sincere condolences on your loss.


  13. Boston Mark Says:

    Rebel…thanks for posting Coal’s obit man.

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  15. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    That poor, poor man, to die so young! Sympathies to his family, friend and club brothers.

    I hope they catch the piece of puke coward who killed him and kept going.

    YYZ Skinhead

  16. Jabba Says:

    Condolences to his friends and family. A man lives on in the people that remember him.



  17. bob Says:

    R.I.P. Coal.

  18. sled tramp Says:

    Condolences to his people.I hope his memory helps them through the dark.

  19. Beowulf Says:

    RIP COAL. My deepest sympathy to his brothers, family, and friends. Respects, Beowulf

  20. Vacuus Cura Says:

    R.I.P. Coal.

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