Oscar Palmquist was a Swedish immigrant who survived the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Bridgeport, CT (MMD Newswire) June 20, 2013 -- On March 25, 1925, Palmquist, a toolmaker by trade, dressed in his best suit, stopped at the barber shop for a trim and then headed out for some entertainment at Walnut Grove, near Bridgeport, CT.
Oscar was never seen alive again. His body was found several weeks later floating in a reservoir in Beardsley Park. He was identified by papers in his suit pocket. Rumours of a love triangle with a married woman circulated after his death. In the end, however, both foul play and suicide were ruled out and his death was dismissed as an "accidental drowning".
Many people, including the minister of Palmquist's Lutheran church, disputed the cause of death since Oscar's Titanic experience had left him with a morbid fear of water. Despite these protestations, no autopsy was ever conducted and his remains were quietly interred in Bridgeport's Mountain Grove Cemetery.
Oscar Palmquist's humble grave was never marked with a headstone and his story faded quickly from memory over the years. His tragic death captured the imagination of many: to have survived the Titanic disaster, only to be found in a park pond thirteen years later.
Palmquist's story garnered some small attention last year as the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sinking was observed and an appeal was launched to remember Oscar with a granite headstone to honor his memory and recognize his connection to Titanic.
This commemoration has been spearheaded by Shelley Dziedzic, President Emeritus of Titanic International Society, a non profit organization based in Midland Park, NJ.
Mr. Palmquist's family has been located and will be part of a memorial unveiling and dedication ceremony to take place on Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. in Bridgeport's Mountain Grove Cemetery. The public are invited to attend this moving ceremony as Oscar Palmquist is finally recognized as one of Bridgeport's Titanic Survivors.
Media Contact: Stephen Frazee Media Relations Trustee, Titanic International Society 416-518-6533 firstname.lastname@example.org