Mr Sante Righini was born in Ravenna, Italy in 1883.1 He was the son of Giuseppe Righini and his wife Gertrude. He had an elder sister named Emma (b. 1875).
His sister Emma had come to the USA in 1895 and in 1903 married a Swiss-born insurance broker, Frederick Wenger (1868-1939). The couple had a daughter, also named Emma (b. 1905) and the family made their home at 265, 89th Street, Brooklyn, New York. Sante came to the USA around 1904 and also settled in Brooklyn. Exactly when he came into the employ of Mrs John Struart White is not certain.
Rigini boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with his employer Mrs John Stuart White, her maid Nellie Bessette and friend Marie Grice Young; the group travelled under joint ticket number 17760 which had cost £135, 12s, 8d.
Sante Righini died in the sinking and his body was recovered from the sea by the MacKay Bennett (#232):
NO. 232. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 33. HAIR, DARK; SLIGHT MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Black pants; grey overcoat, marked "Sante."
EFFECTS - Ring "R. S.," left on finger.
The remains were returned to Halifax, Nova Scotia and upon identification, the body was shipped to New York under the care of his brother-in-law Frederick Wenger. Contemporary reports state that he was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, New York on 4 May 1912 following a funeral service from his sister's home at 265 89th Street in Brooklyn. That same day a death notice appeared in the New York Times, presumably placed by his employer:
REGHINI(sic)---At sea, April 15, on steamship Titanic, Sante Reghini(sic), faithful and trusted servant in the employ of Mrs. J. Stuart White. Funeral at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Frederick Wagner(sic), 265 89th Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, May 4, at 2 o'clock.
His sister Emma continued to live in Brooklyn and died there in 1950; Sante is commemorated on her headstone in Union Field Cemetery, Ridgewood, New York.
Articles and Stories
New York Times (1912)
Standard Union (1912)
- Age often given as 22 in April 1912; his sister's memorial stone gives his year of birth as 1883.
References and SourcesRecord of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#232)
Michael Findlay (1998) Revised Passenger List in Judith Geller Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4