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William Keenan

Mr William Keenan was born in Glasgow, Scotland around 1875 but his exact age is unclear1. He was the son of John Keenan, a labourer.

Keenan was married in Belfast’s Belmont Parish Church on 7 November 1896 to Florinda “Flora” McCann (b. circa 1871). They had five children: Mary Ellen, Charlotte, William, Rachel and Flora. The family, who were from a Church of Ireland background, appears on the 1911 census living at 14 Kincora Street in east Belfast and Keenan was described as a shipyard worker. 

Keenan’s ship prior to Titanic had been the St Stephen. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

William Keenan spent his last days living at 235 Park Avenue in east Belfast and was widowed in 1956 and also outlived three of his adult children. He died on 11 October 1963 and is buried in Roselawn Cemetery (plot C 51) with his daughter Charlotte (who died in 1981). Curiously his wife, who died only a few priors previous, is buried in Dundonald Cemetery (plot E5 632).
 

Notes

  1. Whilst on the Titanic he stated he was 43; the 1911 census gives his age as 37. When he died in 1963 he was aged 88, which is consistent with the 1911 census.

References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
1911 Census
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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr William Keenan
Born: circa.1875 in Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Religion: Church of Ireland (Anglican)
Marital Status: Married to Florinda “Flora” McCann
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: St. Stephen
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton
Buried: Roselawn Cemetery, Belfast, Ireland

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