Joseph J Fynney - Titanic Second Class Passenger

Mr Joseph J Fynney was a second class passenger aboard the maiden voyage of Titanic, travelling to Canada to visit family. He was accompanied by William Alfred Gaskell. They boarded Titanic at Southampton on 10th April 1912.

Joseph Fynney was born in Great Sutton, Cheshire, United Kingdom, in 1876. He was employed as a rubber merchant, with his own company called Joseph J. Fynney & Co, described as being Indian Rubber merchants. He was a resident of Liverpool.

Joseph J Fynney died in the sinking of Titanic on 15th April 1912. His body was recovered from the sea after the tragedy by the Minia, which was only able to find 17 bodies. His body was listed as body number 322.

A 1912 document concerning the recovery of his body held at the Nova Scotia Archives described him as having black hair, a smooth face, being a height of 5ft 6in, and having the following effects upon him: six £5 Bank of England notes, 7/6 in silver, pocket handkerchief, neckerchief, memorandum book, London and North Western railway ticket, silver knife, pencil in case, cigar holder, and letters.

He was buried at Mount Royal cemetery, Montreal. His memorial says: "In loving memory of Joseph Fynney of Liverpool, Eng. Aged 35 years who lost his life at R.M.S. Titanic Disaster April 15, 1912 and was found May 3, 1912. His delight was in doing good." Later added to the top of the memorial was: "Also dear mother Frances[,] Sep. 8, 1840 - Jan. 16, 1916"; his mother seemingly later moved to Canada, and later died in Canada in 1916, so presumably she is buried there, at her sonís grave, beside him.

His name is also included on the grave of his father, Richard Fynney (born in 1828, died in 1894) at Liverpool Cemetery, Anfield, Liverpool. The memorial says of him: "[...] Lost on R.M.S. Titanic, 15th April 1912, aged 35 years, and was interned at Montreal. Nearer my God to Thee."

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