Colonel George Dennick Wick (February 19th, 1854 – April 15th, 1912) was an American industrialist who served as founding president of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, one of the nation's largest regional steel-manufacturing firms. He perished in the Atlantic during the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Death on the TitanicEdit
Wick embarked on a European tour in 1912, in an effort to restore his health. He was joined by his wife, Mary Wick; his daughter Natalie Wick; a cousin Caroline Bonnell; and Caroline's English aunt Elizabeth Bonnell. On April 10th, 1912, the group boarded the RMS Titanic, at Southampton, England. The new luxury liner was bound for New York, with 2,228 passengers and crew aboard.
In the confusion that followed the collision with the iceberg, Wick was last seen on the deck of the sinking ocean liner, waving to relatives as they were helped into lifeboats. Caroline Bonnell, who boarded one of the first lifeboats dispatched from the ship, told reporters what happened later: "There was a big wave. The sea was calm, otherwise, and I asked a sailor what it was. He said, 'the Titanic has sunk!'" Wick's body, if recovered, was never identified.
Following official confirmation that George D. Wick was lost at sea, Youngstown's municipal government declared that all local factories, businesses, and schools should observe five minutes of silence at 11 a.m. on April 24, 1912, to honor the industrialist's memory. Meanwhile, the Wick family's pew at the city's First Presbyterian Church was roped off, and flags throughout the community were flown at half mast. A memorial monument was later erected for Wick at Youngstown's Oak Hill Cemetery.