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    Millvina has passed away

    I'm sorry to hear that Millvina Dean, last survivor of the Titanic has passed away. She has meant so much to so many and I am sure all Titanic researchers, buffs and societies, will miss her greatly. God rest her soul.

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    Michael, what is the source for this story??

    To Brian Ticehurst and Anthony Cunningham: is this true?

    If the news is true, then I both grieve for Millvina, and am thankful for the time that I have known her.

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    RIP. I met Millvina Dean several times in Southampton during BTS conventions in the 1990s. I even have a photograph taken at the same dining table on one occasion.

    Miss Dean was one of only 3 Titanic survivors that I met, the others being Edith Haisman and Eva Hart.

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    If this story is true then I am very saddened by the news. There is nothing at all about Millvina in the British press. I am hoping there has been a mistake?

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    We should be hearing something in the next few hours.

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    Trying to confirm this through several different sources-nothing on the internet or UK press thus far.

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    Sadly confirmed through several reputable sources, and about to be released AP wire services.

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    Phil Gowan got a phone call this morning from mutual friends who keep tabs on Millvina and passed the word to those of us on Facebook. At the time, the press had not been notified. Here's what he wrote: "So very sorry to hear this morning that Millvina Dean, the last Titanic survivor, apparently died in her sleep. After a bout with pneumonia last week she seemed to be doing better and returned to the nursing home. Am sure the media will be flooded with more information as the day passes. She was a great lady, a good friend, and will be sorely missed."

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    I only met her once one-to-one but I'll never forget that encounter. I said it was "a pleasure to meet her"... she said, deadpan but sincerely, it was "a pleasure to meet me"! I'll never forget the twinkle in her eye! She had a tremendous, and very appealingly down-to-earth attitude to her unexpected fame.
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    I never got to meet her, but a few of my friends knew her pretty well and had told her about the work I was doing with TITANIC IMPACT. She sent me a message through them saying simply, "Keep up the good work!" I was very touched by her acknowledgement.

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    Rest in peace Millvina Dean

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    Sad news, indeed.

    RIP.

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    That is sad news.

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    Rest in peace, Millvina

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    Millvina Dean, rest in peace.

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    I was very sad to hear the news of her passing! Rest In Peace, Millvina Dean.

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    I just learned of Millvina's passing. I am beyond saddened. She has gone home now to be with her family. May she rest in peaceful slumber.

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    I am deeply saddened to hear that Millvina has passed. I never got the chance to meet her, but I think that we all feel close to her. This is truly a sad day for all of us. May she rest in peace.

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    Now she has no worries and at peace.

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    I didn't want to post here until I had the news confirmed.

    I find it almost unbelievable that the very last living link to the Titanic has gone. Millvina was such a vivacious, forward looking lady and far more complex than was generally known.

    So many people who post here met her and struck up friendships. As she said many times, 'I love meeting people.' Her house was open to all comers and I'm sure I'm not the only one here to remember her friendly hospitality; those high teas of salmon sandwiches and biscuits!

    She was a dignified and charming 'Titanic Ambassador' who touched the lives of so many people with an interest in the famous disaster.

    The end, when it came, was very quick - and that's just how she would have wanted it.

    I shall miss her deeply.

    God bless you, Millvina.

    Anthony

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    Anthony,

    I think your excellent book on Millvina was a fitting tribute. I met her back in 1988 and just finished watched the video of it. She and her brother were so nice to young kids like myself.

    Mike

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    I'm so very sad to hear of this. I haven't found anything on the internet.
    If true it's certainly the passing of an era, certainly of the living survivors. But like the Titanic, Millvina will not be forgotten.

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    I remember Millvina and Bruno having breakfast at the next table to mine in Southampton in 2003. I didn't want to pester her so I just left them alone to have breakfast in peace. In that time several people came up to her and I remember she was very gracious and dignified and had a smile and a few words for everyone. She was a true lady.

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    A sad day for the whole Titanic world. Millvina would want us all to treat tomorrow as new day.

    My sincere thought's are with her life long friend Bruno.

    She was one off, and she has left us with many fond memories. God bless her!

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    Very sad news indeed.

    Rest in peace, Millvina.

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    God Bless.

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    Millvina was one of a kind and a real lady. She will be sorely missed.

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    ... and then there were none.

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    i just heard it on the news, it showed footage of the titanic and i was like "woaah" then it said "the last titanic survivor had died", sad sad news..

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    This was one of the top stories on twitter a few moments ago.

    Sad news indeed for all of us.

    May she rest in peace.

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    It is sad that this wounder full lady have passed away. I hope and prey that she now is reunited with her family and they all rest in peace.

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    This is so sad... The last survivor is now gone.

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    "To Millvina: God Bless You.

    Thanks for the many years we knew each other and the wonderful traveling/tour companion and grand lady that you were".

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    A long life, well lived.

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    This, I believe, will be a great place to share our favorite stories and memories about Millvina Dean, who died this morning.

    I have some wonderful stories to share, and which were shared with me, by Millvina.

    [Moderator's Note: This message and the two below it, originally a separate thread, have been moved to this pre-existing thread discussing Ms. Dean and her death. MAB]

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    RIP Milvena, a happy, fulfilling life.

    We will miss you.

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    For me, great memories of being with Millvina included seeing her at the THS Conventions in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000.

    In 1996, at the Belfast Convenion, I was thrilled to escort Millvina on to the HMS Caroline, for a pre-dinner reception;

    In 1998, at the Springfield Convention, I stayed with my cousin and her family, in Connecticut.

    The day before the Convention I took my uncle up to Indian Orchard, and he had a great time meeting with Ed Kamuda and Ed's sister Barbara.

    Then, after lunch I returned to the THS Museum, this time with one of my mom's former schoolteachers, who, now retired, also lived in Connecticut.
    During the afternoon visit, my mom's former schoolteacher, Mrs Ricci, got to everyone, Ed & Karen Kamuda, Barbara Kamuda, Don Lynch, and finally Millvina Dean and her companion, Bruno.

    Mrs. Ricci, who was a year-and-a-half younger than Millvina, was thrilled to meet her, and listen to Millvina answer questions.
    She later told me, my mom, my cousin, and just about everyone else in Connecticut, about how great it was that afternoon, that we could not have planned things any better.

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    How odd that she passed exactly 98 years to the day that Titanic was launched.

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    Sad news indeed but at least she enjoyed a long life and died pain-free, in decent surroundings and with her mental faculties intact. What more could we wish for her?

    She had Titanoraks pretty well nailed too:[indent]
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    "I think sometimes they look on me as if I am the Titanic!" she said after a visit to a Titanic convention in America. "Honestly, some of them are quite weird about it."
    RIP to a lovely lady.

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    God Bless you Millvina
    Be Mindful

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    Two stories Millvina enjoyed sharing, both related to interviews she gave:
    1. A Japanese group was doing a Titanic documentary, and included an interview with Millvina. As part of the interview, Millvina agreed to do a Japanese bow greeting, but that gesture had to be filmed several times. Her companion, Bruno, was bemused to see her and this interview trying to properly greet each other

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    2. For another documentary, Millvina was interviewed at her home.

    Just as the recorded interview began, one neighbor started mowing the lawn. Millvina was asked to talk to her neighbor and have him stop mowing the lawn; she declined, so someone from the film group went and made that request.

    Then, the other neighbor began playing loud music. Millvina was asked to talk to her neighbor and have him stop playing the music. Again, she declined, so someone from the film group went and made that request.

    Then, the interview began, and an airplane flew directly over the flat.
    Millvina's reply was "Now, there's absolutely nothing we can do about that".

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    This is very sad news.
    And it is also the anniversary of something or other to do with Titanic if memory serves.

    R.I.P.

    Eric in NY

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    My other stories:

    April 1997: After the THS Convention, Millvina and her companion, Bruno, joined several other THS members for a 7-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera.
    When their ship got back, I, along with Don Lynch, met Millvina, Bruno, and the Kamudas at the Port of Los Angeles.

    I was assigned to take Millvina and Bruno to LAX, that afternoon, for their flight to London.

    However, before we went to the airport, I took Millvina and Bruno to meet my parents. The five of us had a very pleasant visit.

    One thing my mom especially remembered was when Millvina mentioned how, here in Los Angeles, a big highlight is to see where many of the famous entertainers are now buried. That was one part of a THS coach tour at the Convention.
    Millvina's reply was "Well!! At my age I do my best to avoid cemeteries"!!

    My mom's thought was "Atta girl, Millvina"!!

    Then: August 1997: I was one of about 20 persons on the QE2 crossing, with Millvina.

    After I got home I wrote a story called "Barley's QE2 Story", derived from a stuffed dog that I bought, aboard ship, as a birthday present for my nephew, who was about to celebrate his first birthday the day after I got home (my family, though, decided to have me give the stuffed dog to my nephew as a Christmas present instead).

    My story recounted the crossing, albeit with several fictional moments, and Millvina the center of attention.
    Millvina wrote back, after I sent her a copy of it, and said "Such a wonderful story. I can read it over and over".

    Millvina was also a joy to talk to, during two coach tours, in 1998 through Ireland, and in 1999, in Quebec.

    BTW, Millvina did note that she received an invitation to see a special screening of James Cameron's TITANIC, in London. She declined the invitation.
    She was then notified that "Prince Charles will be at the screening, and he would really enjoy meeting you".

    Millvina's reaction was "I don't care if the entire Royal family will be there!! I will not see that film"!!

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    I am now going to the 5:00 PM Mass at my Church.

    I will offer my prayers for Millvina.

    Then, tonight I will offer a special toast, just like I did for her birthday: "TO MILLVINA".

    "Sweet Dreams, Great Lady".
    Rest in Peace.

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    I mourn for Millvina and I am thankful for having known her via the few letters and phone calls we shared.

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    I first saw the thread this morning before Church but refused to believe it.

    But now, at 5:13 p.m. after having confirmed it on Wikipedia, I'm forced to realize that the last Titanic survivor has passed on. I still can't really comprehend it.

    It's a sobering thought to think that not a single person now walks this earth who set foot on the great ship Titanic. And so it ends.

    Rest in peace Millvina, with your family and the father you never knew. I hope you have found happiness. Know that you will be missed by every member of this message board.

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    Great lady an friend, I will miss you very much

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    PS I know this is not really the time, but I love that novel you mentioned, Bill.

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    I am truly saddened by this news. My prayers go out to her and her family.

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    I was so sad to hear that Millvina has finally left us. I have had the honor of knowing her as a friend since 1987 when I met her in Boston, Massachusetts at at Titanic Historical Society gathering. We struck up a friendship which allowed us to be penpals for many years. She even met my eldest daughter (now 13) when she was 2. I have a photo of Millvina holding her. From that point on every Christmas Millvina would sign her card "Auntie Millvina" and send a present to Brenda. I remember having tea with her and Bruno multiple times, and just talking about life - not just the Titanic. Millvina was a lady and a close friend who I shall never forget. May her memory go on as the last of the Titanic's passengers are finally together - and my friend is now able to be with her father since she was 9 weeks old. I will miss you Millvina - with love David Lambert, and family.

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    It is sad news to hear of her passing away and what a coincidence that she passed away today May 31st which is the 98th Anniversary of Titanic's launching.Regards,Jerry

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    I just hear of Millvina's passing on the news. It feels like we have lost the last link to the Titanic. I hope she is at peace and with her family now.

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    Millvina was an inspiration to all that knew her. I was blessed to have written to her for 15 years. We shouldn't be sad now as Millvina had a long and happy life. Most of all, she was loved by so many people. I will never forget the first letter I received from her, she was asking about ME and asking me questions about my life. I think Phil Gowan said it best when he said "she would be an interesting person to know even if she hadn't been on the Titanic".

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    I'm so sorry to hear of this dear little ladies passing. However, I'm glad to hear that her life that began with such tumultuous disaster ended so peacefully as I'm sure she would have wanted. God bless you Milvina as you at last are reunited with your beloved father.

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    At least we who didn't get the opportunity to meet and get to know her personally will always have our documentaries and interviews with this fantastic lady to look back on. And we can take peace in knowing that Millvina is no longer sick and is in a much better place. God bless you, Millvina and thank you for everything. You will never be forgotten.

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    I just heard the news. Rest in peace, Ms Dean. I hope you had a wonderful life, as well as a long one. I know your family is now happy to greet you, but we're all sorry to lose you here. Cheers.

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    All those on the Titanic have now sailed home.

    Rest in peace, Millvina Dean.

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    http://news.aol.com/article/last-tit...5453?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle %2Flast-titanic-survivor-dies%2F505453

    [Moderator's Note: This message, originally a separate thread in a different topic, has been moved to this pre-existing thread discussing Ms. Dean's death. MAB]

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    Your sentence was so touching, Sarah, that it almost made me cry. So true, and so poignant. Everyone - from the youngest child who drowned amongst those cruel waters, to the tiny infant who lived a long and fulfilling life that has now just ended - is now at home with God.

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    >>A long life, well lived.<<

    I think that just about sums it up in a nutshell.

    I had just got home from work when my Dad broke the news to me. He caught it on the headlines on his homepage earlier today.

    I wish I had known her. Everything I'd ever seen or heard about Millvina pointed to a lady who had grace, charm, greater patience then perhaps may have been warrented under some circumstances and above all, class. She will be missed.

    To those who knew her and counted her a friend as well as to her family, you all have my sincere condolances.

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    Rest in peace Milvina.

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    Now that she's gone, the tragedy now belongs to the ages.

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    I heard the sad news when I woke up a few hours ago. The story finally goes to an end.

    Rest in peace, Millvina Dean and other 2200 people on board.

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    Rest in peace, Millvina. You will truly be missed!

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    [indent]
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    To those who knew her and counted her a friend as well as to her family, you all have my sincere condolances.
    Thank you, Michael.

    I wish you had the chance to meet Millvina, just as I had wished to meet several other Titanic survivors. I finally admitted that Millvina was going to be the only survivor I would get to know.

    I admit that I enjoyed sending postcards to Millvina, from many of the places I traveled to.

    Millvina enjoyed hearing our stories, and what we were doing, and where we traveled to.

    I always figured that a card or a letter was the best thing to send to her, instead of many a souvenir, though I admit I did remember how much she enjoyed hearing about the story of the James Brothers, during her visit, in 1997, to Kansas City. From that I sent her a copy of a "Wanted: Dead or Alive" poster about Frank and Jessie James, during a 1999 visit to the Smithsonian Postal Museum, in Washington DC.

    My two other stories:
    1. Whenever I sent Millvina a birthday card, I made sure to use two 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' stamps (plus any additional postage), issued by the US Postal Service. That way she could see, immediately, the purpose of my cards;
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    2. I am grateful I got the chance to visit Millvina during my last two visits to Southampton, in September 2007 and August 2008. Both times I left noting that I would have to accept that it was the last time I would ever see Millvina.
    Now I am thankful for those wonderful, albeit brief, visits with her and her friends.

    "Thank you, Millvina"!!

    "CHEERS"!!!

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    It is the end of an era. This is a day of history for all of us. My condolences go out to Millvina's family and friends. May The Good Lord Bless Millvina Dean, may The Lord Shine His Continence upon her, have mercy on her, and give her everlasting peace.

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    Miss Mellvina,

    While I have never known you, the world has known about your legendary connection to the fateful journey of Titanic. Your journey has been inspirational and will continue in your memory. May you rest in peace.

    Dawn Roe-Port Byron, NY USA

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    I'm saddened by the story of her death. But now she can be with her father, who was lost in the sinking. What a wonderful lady.

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    is this true that her passing was on the 98th anniversary of the launching of the titanic? thats what i heard.

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    Was honored to help with the display that held her suitcase in Branson, Missouri at The Titanic Museum. I tell her story to passengers every day as a crew member of Titanic Branson. It is not just a job to us, it is our honor to continue their legacy, which is their memory....As long as their remembered, their never truly gone. RIP Milvina Dean.

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    Just found minutes ago...God Bless Millvina.

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    An era closes. Rest in peace, Miss Millvina.

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    Dearest Millvina, may you rest in peace. You have been an inspiration to so many people like myself with your story. When the 100 comes I will be there for you. God Bless,
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    It feels as though Titanic has finally finished it's voyage. A very important link to the humanity of the Titanic story is now gone. God Bless you, Millvina. All my love.
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    I was so sad to hear about Millvina's passing. She was truly an extraordinary woman, not just because of her history. She was kind, giving, warm, compassionate and a truly loving person. She will be sorely missed.

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    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Millvina,
    she was a special lady who will be sadly missed by her friends and admirers from around the world.
    I visited her a few weeks ago and she was in good form despite a chest complaint.

    It was a privilege and a pleasure to have known her.
    "Remember Me, when this you see, the baby rescued from the sea".
    Rest in peace Millvina. God Bless, Howard.

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    I just heard the news and I am saddened at it. I am happy of the one chance I had to meet her, at the BTS convention this year, and I am glad that she lived a full a life as she did. My condolences go to her friends and family. May she rest in peace.

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    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Millvina too. The world lost the last Titanicsurvivor and a great lady. My condolences go to her friends and her family.
    Rest in peace Millvina.
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    A Day to Remember.

    31 May 1911. Titanic launched.
    31 May 2009. Millvina Dean departs.

    I'm glad to know she went peacefully, as she deserved.
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    God Bless Millvina Dean. It really does feel like Titanic has completed an ellipse.

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    They are all reunited at last!

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    I heard the sad news this morning when I woke up. My condonlences go to Bruno and Millvina's family and friends.

    I had the great fortune to meet Millvina a few times at the BTS conventions in Southampton and I was amazed at how someone of her age could be so patient and happy to meet all her fans. We should all be so lucky to be so full of life and most importantly, FUN, at the ripe old age of 97.

    I met her last in April and it was obvious that she was terrifyingly frail, but the moment she opened her mouth, my God she was as razor sharp as she ever had been and she still had that fantastic glint in her eye.

    The coincidence of 31 May is remarkable but am I right in thinking her brother Bertram died on 15 April a few years ago?

    Rest in peace Millvina, we will miss you.

    Love Rich.

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    I was very saddened to hear of Millvina's passing at work this morning, I never met her but I would have liked to. I enjoyed reading your stories John, thanks for posting them. Rest in Peace, Millvina.

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    Here is a nice tribute to Millvina on the Titanic International Society website. It includes a clip of Millvina singing.

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    I'm very saddened to hear that Millvina passed away. May she rest in peace and be reunited with her family and all those who were on board.

    The living are all gone now, it feels like an era has ended...

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    This news was posted all over the internet here in the States yesterday. It was nice to see that so many people out there cared.

    RIP Millvina, I enjoyed watching your interviews so much over the years. Now you join the others.

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    I met Milvina on numerous occasions, and she was always cheerful and full of stories - a lovely down-to-earth person. So sorry I wasn't able to visit her in time. At least she was active and happy with lots of friends and admirers.

    Requiescat in pace.

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    Millvina was an amazing lady I had the pleasure of her company on a few occasions once in Cobh in 1998 and then again in Quebec in 2000 she was a great story teller and told us all on the trip about her young days during the war she had a job that had to do with the Maps for the fighter planes she laughed telling us how bad her sense of direction back then was and she would hope the planes got where they were going!! was she was a dote, it was a real pleasure to have had the privilege of her company.
    May she rest in peace

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    The Daily Mail has a brief story on Millvina's passing at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...s-aged-97.html

    This includes a nice photo of her posing with a salvaged porthole on display at the National Museum in Grenwich

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    It is very bad news, that Mrs. Dean has died. She was very kind woman. Since 31th May 2009 has been all passengers and crew members of RMS Titanic again together.

    Titanic's gate for her souls into heaven is now closed.

    From all Titanic passengers and crew have left only memories, signatures and personal things.

    SLEEP WELL MRS DEAN!

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    Very sad news. Rest in Peace, Milvina

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    "31 May 1911. Titanic launched.
    31 May 2009. Millvina Dean departs."

    As well as my wedding anniversary (1980) and Clint Eastwood's birthday (1925). But seriously, this day will be all the more memorable for me. How fitting, in a sense, it's the beginning and the end of Titanic's life.

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    My heart goes out to all of her friends and family. She sounded like a wonderful woman. I always wished I could have met her. Now she will always be resting at peace in heaven where she has reunited with all the other people on board that fell way too soon. We'll miss you Milvina. It truely feels like the end of an era now! RIP
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    Last night I told my Dad about Ms. Dean's death and he was greatly saddened by the news.

    He wishes to extend his respects and offer his prayers.

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    I heard the sad news yesterday evening. They have dismayed me too most deeply. I had the big luck to meet this charming lady. I will never forget this moment. Thank you Milvina

    My deepest condolence is valid the relative and friends

    Rest in peace Milvina I will never forget you

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    I had the pleasure of speaking briefly with Miss Dean at the THS convention in Boston in 1988. She was a gracious and charming lady.

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    Met her at BTS 2003, went up to her with camera in hand, inadvertently. She enthusiastically asked if I wanted a photo but I rather bashfully said no. Spent a few minutes talking to her and Bruno, she was a lovely elderly lady and it was so obvious she was enjoying her life.

    Spent today somewhat regretting not getting the photo, I must confess.

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    I'm so very sorry to here of Miss. Dean's passing. She was a true and noble lady in every respect and will be missed. Sleep well Miss. Dean.

 

 
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