Mr René Jacques Lévy

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Msr. René Jacques Lévy, 36, was born in Paris on 7 July 1875.

He trained as a research chemist.

In 1901, he lived in North Manchester, Lancashire, England, listed as a research chemist aged 25.

At some point, likely in 1903, he married Jeanne Royer (b. 1882 in France) and they had three children; Simone, b. 1904, Andree, b. 1906, and Yvette, b. 1909

He left Southampton, England, 23 March 1910 as a second cabin (second class) passenger on the steamer Adriatic with his wife and three children. He was listed as a civil engineer aged 34 years 6 months. Their last place of permanent residence was London, England. They were bound for Montreal, Canada, where Mr. Levy’s brother George lived at the time. He was 5’4’’ tall, had black hair and brown eyes.

In March of 1912 he returned to Paris for a family funeral. He was originally scheduled to sail back to Canada on the maiden voyage of the France on 20 April, but switched passage when he learned he could get back to his wife in Montreal 10 days earlier aboard the maiden voyage of Titanic.

His last place of abode was the Grand Hotel in Paris. He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a second class passenger (ticket number SC/PARIS 2163, £12 17s 6d). He shared a cabin with Noël Malachard and an unknown man.

On 14 April, after lunch, he was on deck together with Marie Jerwan and Malachard. Lévy pointed at a lifeboat and said:

"I'm sure, if they lower these boats, the falls will be too short. Of course, I would prefer to go down with the ship rather sitting in one of these boats."

After the collision, he met Marie Jerwan on her way back to her cabin from the boat deck, where she had looked out for the iceberg. Marie told him of the danger, but he just smiled. When she came back from her cabin, Lévy met her on B-Deck starboard side. He, together with Malachard and their cabin-mate told her: "We'll take care of you.". They went to the Boat-Deck and Marie Jerwan was helped by them into lifeboat 11. The men shouted: "Good-bye!", when the boat was lowered and waved their hands. That was the last time when Lévy was seen.

Lévy died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His daughter Simonne married Stanley Brehaut Egerton Ryerson in 1934 and passed away in Montreal 1 March 1986, aged 81. Andree married a Mr. Lorraine. She was still alive in 1986. Yvette married a Mr. Ach and was alive in Paris, France, in 1986.



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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, Births, Deaths and Injuries. White Star Line 1912, Board of Trade 1912 (PRO London, BT 100/260).
Günter Bäbler (1998) Reise auf der Titanic. Chronos, Zürich
Alan Hustak (1999) Titanic: The Canadian Story. Véhicule Press. ISBN1-55065-113-7.
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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