Roberto Urbini was born in Rome, Italy on 14 June 1891. He was the son of Alberto Urbini.
He came to England as a young man and shows up on record on the 1911 census living at 16 Manette Street, Soho, West London and he was described as an unmarried hotel waiter.
He later went to work for Mr Gatti and the Titanic would be his first ship. When he signed on, on 6 April 1912, his address was given as 32 Jessie Terrace, London, a collective address for Gatti employees. He came aboard on 10 April.
Roberto Urbini died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His father later received a grant of £60 from the Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund.
To mark the centenary of the disaster a plaque commemorating Roberto Urbini and his colleague Roberto Vioni was unveiled at the Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese. It reads:
IN OCCASIONE DEL CENTENARIO
I GIOVANI LAVORATORI ROMANI
SCOMPARSI NEL DISASTRO DEL
Nella solitudine del mare
a un abisso dalta vanita umana
e dall' Orgoglio dela Vita che la progetto
ess in silenzio giace
15 APRILE 1912 15 APRILE 2012