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Jul. 15, 1890 County Waterford, Ireland
Dec. 16, 1939 New York New York County (Manhattan) New York, USA
Patrick was the son of John O'Keefe and Catherine Fitzgerald. He was reputed to have first arrived in the United States at the age of thirteen in 1904, although over the years he made several trips back home to his birthplace of Ireland. He was travelling back to his adopted home of New York City (where he worked as a porter) on the Titanic, after a month's vacation in Ireland, when he was 21 years old, but was very worried over a dream he had in which the ship sunk. No one wanted to buy his ticket, so he boarded the ship with much trepidation. Patrick was on the ship until its final moments, and together with some of the other passengers and crew managed to untie collapsible B, which was tightly fastened to the roof of officers' quarters. This life raft, which was the last means of escape left on the sinking ship, was washed overboard and turned upside-down. Patrick, who was an expert swimmer and also used to swimming in cold water (having gone for a swim in the ocean every Christmas), dove overboard and swam after the life-raft. He was one of perhaps 30 survivors who managed to pull themselves up on top of the life-raft, where they were balanced until their rescue in the morning. Following his arrival back in New York, he was treated for his injuries and was unable to work for the next few weeks. After his recovery, he went back to work as a porter and an elevator-operator. On 19 September 1923, at the age of thirty-three, he married a bookbinder named Anna Nolan, who was only eighteen years old. Their first child, Margaret, was born on 26 June 1924, nine months and one week from the date of their wedding. However, due in part to the big age difference, as well as the horrific memories that still plagued Patrick, they divorced several years later. They reconciled a few years after the divorce and in 1936 decided to get remarried. They were married on the eighth of February at the Church of the Ascension, and to avoid Church censure pretended this were their first marriage. Following their remarriage they had a son, Edward, and two other daughters. Patrick died nine days before Christmas, only several years into their remarriage. He was forty-eight years old.