Mrs Vera Dick (née Gillespie1) was born in Woodstock, Oxford County, Ontario on 12 June 1891 2, the daughter of machinist Frederick William Gillespie (1865-1952) and Annie Eliza Crane (1871-1946). She had three brothers Wilbur Frederick (1898-1983), Carl Alfred (1900-1905)3, and Verne Albert (1913-1933). Her family later moved to Calgary, Alberta.
Vera married Albert Adrian Dick on 31 May 1911, the same day as the Titanic was launched.
They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first-class passengers (Cabin B-20, ticket number 17474, £57). The couple were rescued in lifeboat 3 Vera wearing just a nightgown and kimono. She lost all her jewellery including a heart-shaped ruby, perhaps the inspiration for the "Heart of the Ocean" from the 1997 film Titanic? Mrs Dick claimed to have heard the band playing Nearer, My God, to Thee, as the ship went down.4
Albert Adrian Dick died in 1970 and Vera Dick died in Banff, Alberta on 7 October 1973. Their only surviving child Gilda died in 1992.