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Thomas Joseph McCormack

Birthdate: (82)
Death: November 4, 1975 (82)
Place of Burial: Jersey City, NJ, USA
Occupation: Barman
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About Thomas Joseph McCormack


Mr Thomas Joseph McCormack

  • Born: Sunday 11th December 1892
  • Age: 19 years
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Last Residence: in Bayonne New Jersey United States
  • Occupation: Barman
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Queenstown on Thursday 11th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 367228 , £7 15s
  • Destination: Bayonne New Jersey United States
  • Rescued
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Tuesday 4th November 1975
  • Buried: Holy Name Cemetery Jersey City New Jersey United States

Mr Thomas Joseph McCormack, 19, was born on 11 December 1892. He boarded the Titanic at QueeNstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 367228, £7, 15s). He was returning from Aghnacliffe, Co Longford to his home in Bayonne, New Jersey where he worked as a bartender.

Accompanying Tom were his two cousins, Philip and John Kiernan. Tom McCormack survived the sinking (1) but lost his two cousins.

After his rescue he returned to New Jersey where he continued to work as a bartender. He served during WW1 and eventually married but had no children. He often spoke about the Titanic disaster and frequently was interviewed on the anniversary of the disaster. He retired to Elizabeth, New Jersey where he lived with his nephew during the last years of his life. Bedridden for several years, Tom McCormack died on 4 November 1975 at the age of 82. He was buried at the Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, New Jersey (2). While a stone marks the location of the "McCormack" grave, only the name of Tom's wife Mary (who died in 1962) was ever inscribed. After Tom's death, his relatives never saw to it to have his name engraved also.

Notes 1. In one account McCormack said he tried to climb into lifeboat 16 in which the Murphy sisters already were seated, but that a sailor hit him with an oar. However the sisters helped to pull him aboard. In another interview, he claimed to have swum to a collapsible boat. 2. Three other Irish survivors are buried in the same cemetery as Tom McCormack: Margaret Devaney, Elizabeth Dowdell, and Bridget McDermott.

Documents Jersey Journal, 18 April 1912, Bayonne Man Saved Jersey Journal, 19 April 1912, Thos. Mccormack of Bayonne at Ellis Island Jersey Journal, 20 April 1912, Bayonne Youth's Remarkable Escape Jersey Journal, 22 April 1912, Titanic Survivor is Home Jersey Journal, 23 April 1912, Battled for life with Sailor after the Titanic Sank

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 Irish Times, 12 February 1998, Tales of Longford's 'Titanic' survivors are retold

Contributors Robert L. Bracken, USA Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden Michael A. Findlay, USA Tad Fitch, USA Noel Ray, Ireland

Travelling Companions Mr John Kiernan Cousin Mr Philip Kiernan Cousin

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Thomas Joseph McCormack's Timeline

December 11, 1892
November 4, 1975
Age 82
Jersey City, NJ, USA