Mr Patrick Colbert, known as Pat, was born in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, Ireland on 5 November 1887.
He was the son of John W. Colbert (b. 1844), a farmer, and Catherine "Kate" Connors (b. 1846) who had married in 1870. The family were Roman Catholic and spoke both Irish and English and Pat was one of eight surviving children from a total of ten. His siblings were: William (b. 1871), John (b. 1872), Michael (b. 1875), Hanora (b. 1876), John (b. 1878), Denis (b. 1880), Tim (b. 1884), Margaret (b. 1885) and Daniel (b. 1886).
Pat and his family appear on both the 1901 and 1911 censuses living in Kinkinlea Lower in Abbeyfeale. By the time of the latter record Pat was described as a railway porter whilst his brothers were all described as cattle buyers.
Pat, a very religious man, had decided to join a holy order in Sherbrooke, Québec. One of his brothers, now known as Brother Christopher, was already there. He therefore boarded the Titanic at Queenstown on 11 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 371109 which cost £7, 5s). He is not known to have been travelling with anyone from his locality.
Patrick Colbert died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Gavin Bell, UK
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