Patrick A. O'Keefe

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Patrick A. O'Keefe

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: County Waterford, Ireland
Death: December 15, 1939 (49)
Manhattan, New York, New York County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John O'Keefe and Catherine O'Keefe
Husband of Ann O'Keefe
Father of Margaret V. O'Keefe and Private

Occupation: Farm Labourer
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About Patrick A. O'Keefe

Mr Patrick O'Keefe

  • Born: Tuesday 15th July 1890
  • Age: 21 years
  • Last Residence: in Waterford Ireland
  • Occupation: Farm Labourer
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 368402 , £7 15s
  • Destination: New York City New York United States
  • Rescued (boat B)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Friday 15th December 1939

Mr Patrick O’Keeffe, 22, was born in 1890, the son of John O'Keefe and Catherine Fitzgerald. After the disaster Patrick settled in New York where he was married Ann Nolan (1905-1968). Patrick, who lived at 2 Spring Garden Alley, Waterford City, Co Waterford, Ireland, boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 368402, £7 15s). He was travelling to New York City.

He is reported to have had a deep foreboding about his journey and is also said to have had a premonition about the Titanic’s fate. It is not believed that Patrick was travelling with anyone in particular, as was the case with many Irish passengers. On the night of the sinking Patrick escaped the sinking on a "raft", reportedly Collapsible B.

After the disaster Patrick settled in New York where he was married Ann Nolan (1905-1968). The couple had two children, Margaret and Edward (1).

Patrick O'Keefe died 16 December 1939.

Patrick O'Keefe's Grave (Courtesy: Phillip Gowan and Joseph LaRocca, USA / Senan Molony, Ireland)

Notes Margaret (1924-1988), a spinster, was later an executive with Revlon Corporation. Edward O'Keefe is still living.

References Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]). Noel Ray (1999) List of Passengers who Boarded RMS Titanic at Queenstown, April 11, 1912. The Irish Titanic Historical Society

Contributors Cameron Bell, Northern Ireland Phillip Gowan, USA Noel Ray, Ireland

Patrick was the son of John O'Keefe and Catherine Fitzgerald. He was reputed to have first arrived in the United States at the age of thirteen in 1904, although over the years he made several trips back home to his birthplace of Ireland. He was travelling back to his adopted home of New York City (where he worked as a porter) on the Titanic, after a month's vacation in Ireland, when he was 21 years old, but was very worried over a dream he had in which the ship sunk. No one wanted to buy his ticket, so he boarded the ship with much trepidation. Patrick was on the ship until its final moments, and together with some of the other passengers and crew managed to untie collapsible B, which was tightly fastened to the roof of officers' quarters. This life raft, which was the last means of escape left on the sinking ship, was washed overboard and turned upside-down. Patrick, who was an expert swimmer and also used to swimming in cold water (having gone for a swim in the ocean every Christmas), dove overboard and swam after the life-raft. He was one of perhaps 30 survivors who managed to pull themselves up on top of the life-raft, where they were balanced until their rescue in the morning. Following his arrival back in New York, he was treated for his injuries and was unable to work for the next few weeks. After his recovery, he went back to work as a porter and an elevator-operator. On 19 September 1923, at the age of thirty-three, he married a bookbinder named Anna Nolan, who was only eighteen years old. Their first child, Margaret, was born on 26 June 1924, nine months and one week from the date of their wedding. However, due in part to the big age difference, as well as the horrific memories that still plagued Patrick, they divorced several years later. They reconciled a few years after the divorce and in 1936 decided to get remarried. They were married on the eighth of February at the Church of the Ascension, and to avoid Church censure pretended this were their first marriage. Following their remarriage they had a son, Edward, and two other daughters. Patrick died nine days before Christmas, only several years into their remarriage. He was forty-eight years old.

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Patrick A. O'Keefe's Timeline

July 15, 1890
County Waterford, Ireland
Age 33
December 15, 1939
Age 49
New York, New York County, New York, United States
December 16, 1939
Age 49
Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, United States