Mr Assāf Jirjis Tu'mah al-Sayqalī

Mr Assāf Jirjis Tu'mah al-Sayqalī 1 was born in Kafr Mishkī, Lebanon around 1883.2 A farmhand, he was the son of Jiryas Tu'mah(?).

Assāf was married to a lady named Sa'īdah (b. 1895) and they had two daughters, Adma and Amaline.

Assāf was travelling with two cousins from Kafr Mishkī, Mariana Assāf and Sulaymān Khalīl 'Atta Allāh and he boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (ticket number 2692 which cost £7, 4s, 6d).

Assāf Jirjis died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Following Assāf's loss his widow Sa'īdah was remarried to a Mr Ayoub, resettled in Ottawa where she became known as Sadie and went on to have a further seven children. She died in 1983 and is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa.

Gavin Bell, UK
  1. Frequently listed as "Assaf Gerios" or "Georios Assaf Gerios-Tamah", derived from the abbreviated form of his name Assāf Jirjis
  2. Age disputed; sometimes listed as 20 or 21.
References and Sources
Leila Saloum Elias (2011) The Dream and then the Nightmare: the Syrians who boarded the Titanic; Atlas, ISBN 978-9933-9086-1-4
Link and cite this biography
(2017) Assāf Jirjis Tu'mah al-Sayqalī Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #823, updated 14th July 2017 07:05:01 AM)
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