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Giuseppe Giorgio Rumen

RMS Carpathia Waiter

Mr Giuseppe Giorgio Rumen1 was born in Kraljevica2 (Porto Re in Italian), Austria-Hungary (modern-day Croatia) on 19 March 1894. Little is known about his early life but, like many at the time in that region of southeast Europe, he was of Italian ethnicity.

In April 1912 Rumen was serving as a waiter aboard the eastbound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster. 

Rumen stepped off the Carpathia for the last time in April 1913, travelling to San Francisco, California where he settled and eventually worked as a machinist and later becoming a naturalised citizen, being known as Joseph George Rumen in his new home. He was married in 1944 to Rose Storelli, née Quontamatto (b. 31 December 1902 in Porto San Giorgio, Italy; d. 11 August 1996); whilst they had no children of their own, Rumen was stepfather to two children from his wife’s previous marriage, Evelyn and Wallace and became a beloved grandfather to both of their children. 

Joseph (Giuseppe) Rumen
Giuseppe Rumen in 1941

Joseph Rumen (né Giuseppe Rumen) died in San Francisco aged 65 on 28 August 1959; he was interred at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in San Mateo. 

Notes

  1. Sometimes listed as Giacomo Rumen
  2. Birthplace also stated as Fiume, Austria-Hungary (modern-day Rijeka, Croatia) 

Bibliography

Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) The Titanic's rescuers : Captain Arthur Rostron and the crew of the Carpathia, (Occasional papers No.7), B & J Printers, ISBN 1871733073
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Carpathia Crew Summary

Name: Mr Giuseppe Giorgio Rumen
Age: 18 years and 27 days (Male)
Nationality: Croatian Italian
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Waiter
Ship: Carpathia
Buried: Holy Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery, Colma, California, United States

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