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Sunday, April 18, 1982 News Journal, Mansfield, O. , i itanic Survivor's ashes scattered at site where his father died In accordance with a love that stretched more than 70 years, the ashes of former Lexington resident Frank J. Goldsmith, 79, were scattered scattered last week off the coast of Newfoundland over the site of the sinking of the Titanic where his father father had died exactly 70 years before. before. Young Frankie then 912 years old and his mother, Emily, were among the 790 survivors of the tragedy. tragedy. Over the years, the Goldsmith collected collected memorablia of the sinking and repeated his story hundreds of times before friends and strangers, becoming one of many survivor-spokesmen survivor-spokesmen survivor-spokesmen and recalling his memories memories of the last night aboard before English and American television crews. Goldsmith died Jan. 27 in Orlando, Orlando, Fla. Last Thursday, at the direction of his wife, Victoria, his ashes were put into the hands of Coast Guard Petty Officer John Flynn and flown in a reconnaisance plane out over the North Atlantic, where they were scattered into the sea along with a wreath honoring victims of the tragedy. tragedy. This weekend, Victoria Goldsmith presented some of her husband's papers papers and memorabilia to a Philadelphia Philadelphia museum in the name of the Titanic Titanic Historical Society, which was holding its convention in the city and to which her husband belonged, according according to their son, James, of Urbana, Urbana, Ohio. Goldsmith was 912 years old when he and his family boarded the Titanic to emigrate from England to America in the spring of 1912. The ocean liner was making its maiden voyage. It was near midnight on April 14 when the ship grazed an iceberg while in a fog off Halifax, Nova Scotia. Scotia. Later, Goldsmith would say it was the silence of the engines, rather than the sounds of a collision, that woke the passengers. He and his mother dressed him and and made their way to the lifeboats. The one they took would be the last to leave the ship. "My father said to me, 'So long, Frank le, I'll see you later." Goldsmith told a News Journal reporter reporter in 1974. "I never saw him again." About 15 minutes after young Frankie and his mother had departed departed the Titanic, they heard explosion aboard as water hit the ship's boiler compartment. Part of the Titanic broke off and sank. The stern portion portion raised up in the air with the propellers propellers and rudders Jutting out and hung there for several minutes. Some survivors thought it might remain remain stable there. But it slipped below below the surface with a near-silent near-silent near-silent whoosh. Emily Goldsmith pressed her son against her so he would not see what was happening. Goldsmith and his mother were among 790 survivors, mostly women and children, put aboard the Carpathia. Carpathia. Some 1,500 others died, including including his father, a 16-year-old 16-year-old 16-year-old 16-year-old 16-year-old English boy the Goldsmith family was chaperoning on the voyage and an adult friend of the family. He and his seamstress mother went on to New York, where they were housed temporarily by the Salvation Salvation Amry, then sent on to meet relatives in Detroit. Frank began working at the age of 11, selling papers for 7 cents a week in wages. He later found employment employment at General Motors as an assistant assistant advertising manager, became a city sales manager in Detroit for R.L. Polk and Co., manufacturers of city directories, and spent the years from 1929 to 1942, he was a salesman salesman in the wholesale dairy business. He served three years in the Air Force. 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He was a featured speaker at the 1979 convention of the Titanic Historical Historical Society and was interviewed by a British television network which flew to Lexington to interview interview him in 1977. His feelings of closeness with his father were a continuing theme. For some time after the tragedy, young Frank held out hope that his father had somehow escaped death and would walk into the family home some day. Later, he would remem her crying on the day his mother remarried. remarried. The roar of the crowd at a ballpark near where he and his mother lived in Detroit had a peculiarly peculiarly piquant sound it reminded him sometimes of the gasping he heard in the lifeboats as the Titanic went down. He told his wife long ago of his wishes to have his body cremated and the ashes scattered where his father went down. A barrage of letters letters and phone calls to strangers in several parts of the county helped accomplish that wish. On Thursday, Frankie Goldsmith was united with his father again.