Mr George Fox Hopkins Dean was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, England on 20 December 1892.1
He was the son of Frederick Bright Dean (b. 1869) and Mary Jane Hopkins (b. 1864). His father was a native of St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex and his mother from Brompton Ralph, Somerset and they had married in Somerset in 1895, several years after his birth. He had one sibling, his younger brother Jack (b. 17 May 1897 in Sutton Valence, Kent).
George is not listed with his family when they appear on the 1901 census living at 4 Marine Road, Eastbourne, Sussex and when his father was described as a coachbuilder; George was listed elsewhere as a visitor to Albert and Ada Bosley, presumably family friends, at their home in Wiveliscombe, Somerset. On 20 April 1893 he and his brother Jack were enrolled into the Moorlinch Primary School in Somerset and their address was then listed as Hill House, presumably in Moorlinch.
By the time of the 1911 census he is listed with his family at "De Kalf," King Edward Avenue, Shirley, Southampton. His father was by then a shipping clerk and George was described as an assistant in the electric lights works. When he went to sea isn't clear.
When he signed on to the Titanic on 4 April 1912, Dean gave his local address as King Edward Avenue, Southampton. His previous ship had been Oceanic and as a second class saloon steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s.
George Dean died in the sinking and his body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett:
NO. 252. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 19. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Blue suit.
EFFECTS - Keys; 2nd class Steward's badge No. 35.
NAME - "DEAN".
He was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 May 1912.
His parents are believed to have remained living in Southampton; what became of his father is unclear but his mother died in Eastleigh in 1932.
His brother Jack later worked as a building contractor foreman and was married to Dorothy Emma New (b. 1896) and had two children; he died in Southampton on 25 December 1961.