Cecil Roy Francis

RMS Carpathia Passenger

Mr Cecil Roy Francis was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 27 December 1896. He was the only child of New York-born magazine publisher Pierre Be Liett Francis and the former Edna Albertson, a native of Illinois. 

A pupil of Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland and a noted accomplished swimmer, Mr Francis was aboard the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster; he was travelling with his neighbour Frank Hamlin Blackmarr on a voyage to Gibraltar. Unperturbed by the events, Cecil resumed his voyage on the Carpathia after the ship had dropped off the survivors in New York. He eventually returned from his visit to Europe towards the close of July that year aboard, of all ships, Olympic. He remained a frequent traveller. 

Cecil Roy Francis
Cecil Francis and his wife Irma
(1923 Passport Photo)

Cecil followed his father—who died in 1915—into magazine publishing, managing the Trade Periodical Company, with some of his publications including Embalmer’s Monthly and National Funeral Director. 

He first married Irma Dagmar Howe (b. December 1894 in Chicago) in April 1920; they later divorced but remarried in May 1926 before again divorcing in 1936, reportedly on account of his excessive drinking; they had no children. He was married shortly after his second divorce to a lady named Florence and by 1940 they lived at 1415 Albion Avenue, Chicago, although this was also a tumultuous relationship. By the time of his death he was living with a woman named Gertrude. 

Cecil Roy Francis died in Chicago on 4 March 1946 and was buried in that city’s Oak Woods Cemetery.

Research Articles

Günter Bäbler Titanica! (2019) Carpathia Passenger List

Newspaper Articles

Chicago Tribune (19 April 1912) Chicagoans on the Carpathia See Survivors of Titanic
Chicago Tribune (4 May 1920) Society
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Gavin Bell, UK
Günter Bäbler, Switzerland

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) Cecil Roy Francis (ref: #2906, last updated: 17th June 2021, accessed 2nd August 2021 07:30:45 AM)
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