i am on my 3rd listening of Angela's Ashes Tis and Teacher Man CD's read by frank after reading the books more than once. If you enjoyed reading them wait til you hear them read by the man himself. Angelas Ashes is expensive on CD but I had to have all of the books on CDS. But, you can probably get them at the library. I have a 25 to 30 min commute and am in heaven listening. I miss it on the weekend because i dont travel far and i have an active 4 year old so i cant really listen unless im driving. i feel sad that we wont get more of his writing and sad for his widow ellen frey that he was not with us longer. condolences to everyone. i didnt know him but i miss him.
Dearest Frank, you will be missed. You've been a great inspiration to me, you are the reason I became a writer. Thank you :) xo
Hey its annie. I know this seems silly to text you when you're already dead, but I just found out today and I really had been planning on talking to you. I will see you in heaven!!!
Dearest Frank.. you're most probably sitting in that disputed throne , eating from the golden plates and drinking the pint with the Lord in heaven,,as the good Catholic upbringing from the old days promised us. If indeed you're there, you might also be granted the ability to read this guest book, I want to tell you the story how I "met" you. I was on a safari trip to South Africa, where a delegation of Americans of the medical profession,were to spend their last days after a heavy conference, to take a shot at viewing the big 5.One of them however never joined in the expeditions and sat reading quietly in the lodge..I asked what was wrong, why come all this way..and do nothing.. The answer was..the introduction to Angela's Ashes.. no big 5 could ever equal that.. So I met you, and bought your book, and for the next few days I was not in South Africa, but in heaven, your sense of humour has made that holiday unforgettable , Say hello to the Good Man up there, and tell him we need a few miracles down here, as it's an awful mess down here, worse than Limerick and you should know, that's saying something. Be happy Frank, wherever you are.!
Dear Frank ..I met you in Dublin while on vacation at the book signing....I've read your books and listened to the cs's several times...I practically know the words by heart...Your life being so open makes me feel I know and love you..see you again someday...Heather Branchflower
Just finished this amazing novel....thank you for sharing your life! This book was an inspiration to me and I cannot wait to hear my students thoughts on this book....it was their summer reading.
I will never look at being hungry again in the same way. I have never really been hungry. Tears...
I didn't now that you ha crossed over Frank. I read 2 of your books & thought they were great. Rest In Peace Frankie.
Your writing will be missed as well as you.
dear Frank, It was such sad news to hear of your passing. I know that we will meet again on the other side.
My deepest sympathy to your loved ones.
Maisie Mc Adorey Brennan
I just finished reading your books and I am so glad I got to know such an incredible person through them. Frank, your life is such an inspiration to me and I am sure to so many, many others. Thank you!
Always a fan of your work!
"May the God of comfort, who comfort us in all our trials bring you comfort at this time."(2Cor.1:3,4)
Thinking of you on this St. Patrick's Day. You were a joy, an inspiration, and a true example of the resiliency of the human spirit. May God keep you in his loving care.
So sorry that you a man who gave so much of yourself in teaching and then as an author would have to leave us so suddenly. You will always be missed & remembered for the laughter you gave through your books, God wll now take care of you. No more worries for the family. God knows each heart as He is the Creator of all things. Be at peace now, your mission has been completed. God will take care of you
I had to re-read Angelas Ashes and Tis all over again, he was one author that I really would have loved to have met!
I loved him and he will be missed.
Que pena Frank, como te nos fuiste para siempre y aunque nos quedan tus libros, te echamos mucho de menos.
We would like to offer our condolences to the families of Frank McCourt. We just found out about his death thru the Irish American News. My husband John had met him at the University of Iowa at Iowa City,Iowa at one of Franks lectures. We enjoyed his writings.
He was, if his own words are to be trusted, a scrapper, a fighter, a dreamer, a realist, a wanderer, a stumbler, a challenger and a bright and honest soul. He has charmed us all and we are better for it.
The extent to which both the McCourt's literary humor effected my life is beyond value. I could not possibly buy what I was simply given. I will always be in their debt & they will always be in my prayers.. With heart felt appreciation, Margaret Berry
Frank you will be missed. I read all your books. I am very fortunate to know Alberta McCourt and of course I know Maggie and your beautiful grandchildren. They all miss you VERY MUCH!
Maureen O'Sullivan, O"Keefe
Please know that Mr. McCourt has touched my life profoundly with his writing.
Thank you for writing "Angela's Ashes"
I just heard about the passing of Frank Mc Court today. I'm currently reading teacher man for the second time. All of his books I have had a deep impact on me and what an incredible legacy this passing soul has left on the world. I was hoping for more books to come but it was not meant to be. We are grateful for what you have done and the lives you have touched through your work. Now your life is immortalised in your literature. You will be missed.
To the McCourt Family, Please accept my condolences at this time of loss. I learned of his passing only a week or so ago. I wept and cried when I read Angela's Ashes. It had such a profound impact upon me. What a gift he gave us with his writing. God bless, Vera
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mr. McCourt has inspired my life in so many ways. Regardless of where we came from, he has proved that it does not have to be our destiny. His audio books have been listened to going on about 10 times each. My husband won't open a book but loves to listen to Mr. McCourt's lovely and charming tales. I was hoping to have the pleasure of meeting him one day. Rest in peace.
I just read "Angela's Ashes" for the first time. Like many others, I became riveted and inspired by Frank's story. He has helped me to count the many blessings I have and to enjoy life's "riches." I wanted to find out more about Frank and was saddened to learn he had passed away just a little over a month ago on my mother's birthday! I can only imagine the numerous souls he has touched in his lifetime as he has certainly forever touched mine. I am on my way to the library today to read "Tis"....Thank you Frank McCourt for the wonderful gifts you have brought to this earth and sharing your soul. God Bless You and all of your loved ones!!! May you be at peace with Him now....
What can I say about Frank that hasn't been said before? I'm still coming to terms with his death, it has hit me that hard because you see? I truly loved the man. He was the writer that most touched me in my lifetime and I have read a lot of writers. I think the reason so many people loved him was because we perceived his manificent soul through his masterpiece, "Angela's Ashes." With that book he not only achieved immortality but he was also forever encrusted in our hearts. We have lost a great man but he will go on forever, this magnificent man who suffered so much as a child but who was able to turn that suffering into great art. I take comfort on the fact that he lived a full life, he extracted the gems he had in his soul magnificently and gave us a beautiful book, a book that made us laugh, cry and rejoice at the power of the human spirit. His book is also a tribute to his mother, that indomitable woman who raised him with such great values, who created one of the greatest writers of our generation.
I am a genealogist and Frank's books helped me understand for the first time why some of my Irish ancesters acted the way they did. I'll always be grateful to him for opening my eyes.
I don't know how to reach Connor McCourt but if he happens to read this message, please consider adding "A Couple of Blagards" to You Tube. I saw parts of it once and I know others would enjoy it as much as I did.
Please accept my deepest sympathy to Frank's entire family. He will be greatly missed.
Frank, I read Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, and Teacher Man...and have never, ever been the same. Your gift is always stunning and astonishing. I love to listen to you reading your work. I wish I could have met you. May your family be comforted in their grief.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
thanks for the great books you have given to us, thanks for let us dream with your writtings. Rest in peace my dear proffesor-Aracely from Peru
I feel as though I know you somewhat through reading your books. I felt close to you because of your writing, because of you as a teacher.
Teacher Man was an incredible book and my husband and I, both teachers, laughed and cried along with you.
My grandfather was a Presby from the North. He had that Northern look about him and the "odd manner." Everything I read in Angela's Ashes, reminded me of him and how much I missed him, how much I yearned to learn more from him. It also reminded me how lucky I was to get to know you a little through your books.
I wish I really got to know you. I feel like I lost another grandfather I only barely knew.
I just hope that where ever you are, you're with your mom, Angela, and your siblings, Margaret and the twins, and also Malachy McCourt, of the North but free of the drink, and you have all the eggs you can eat!
My sympathies to your family.
God speed, dear Frank. You will be sorely missed.
Frank McCourt has touched me deeply. I will never forget him, nor his life lessons. May he rest in peace knowing his grand impact. He will remain one of the giants in the literature world. Thank You.
Frank McCourt was my favorite author, whom I had hoped to meet one day. I'm so sad that he is gone. He was a wonderful story teller whose amazing irish accent added great richness to his audio books. I will miss him. My sympathies to his wife, daughter and brother.
Rest in peace Frankie.
You are an inspiration and a reminder to all of us that our time here is short and that we must all someday find the time to record our stories!
Of course it's not just finding time. Frank McCourt had a brilliant and a tragic story that he managed to tell in a wonderfully charming and funny way! I loved Angela's Ashes....and I loved Teacher Man!
May you Rest in Peace -- Mr. Frank McCourt -- and may your family, your friends, your readers and your students find comfort in your memories!
i would have loved to have a teacher like you. i have read all your books, though sad, i feel that i have lived in ireland, and new york. no one can write like you did good sir.
my heart goes out to your family and to the students you left behind.
thank you mr mccourt
Thank you Mr. McCourt for sharing your gift of writing. You will be missed.
I read your book Frank I will never forget you,all my love to your daughter wife may you rest in pease . All my love, carmen Gonzalez .
Your book inspired and gave comfort to many who grew up in similar cirumstances. May you rest in peace.
When my sister lent me the book "Angela's Ashes" I did not think that I would like it. But as he told his early life, I fell in love with the book. The Human spirit can be very strong. Thank you for sharing your story
I read Angela's Ashes several years ago and finished in it one weekend it was so good. Very sad, poignant portrayal of his childhood. I will be reading the follow-up 'Tis' now.
Rest in peace Mr. McCourt-
your detail to history in ireland at thr time of your youth was a memory aroused in a lot of irish, thank you for telling the truth you will be sadly missed we pray for you and all your family
Until I read "Angela's Ashes I had no idea how very bad the poverty was in Ireland!
I sent my son to school with the book teacher man. I scolded him for his poor grades the week before.I required him to tell me something of the book every week. One week I asked him about the book.He said he lost it and didn't know where it was. Of course it was my copy and I was less than pleased...I had a conference night with his teachers to discuss my sons grades.The english teacher said she saw the book in my sons desk,and couldn't help but borrow it,because she didn't know. Mr.McCourt became a teacher!And not only did she borrow it but passed it on to many teachers,All who loved it. I was told they have now decided that his work would become required reading for our schools.Thank you.
I read Angela's Ashes and saw the movie it was awesome on both fronts. May you rest in peace.
I saw the movie before reading the book. I cried. I still cry when I watch it on TV. What a brave man you were to have written about such a sad growing up. Being from Irish heritage on my mother's side, your book/the movie had a special place in my heart. Thank you.
Thanks for the memories.
God reward you!
A McNulty Syracuse, NY
May God rest your soul, Frank.
Frank we never met but I always felt I knew you. Only the Irish can understand poverty properly, you see we had the weather to make it worse. What a brave man to write about it as honestly as you did. I am sure you are in a better place so rest in peace. Go raib mait agut a chara.
My father's middle name was McCourt and I am just finding out now that this name comes from family and we are some what related to Frank McCourt. I plan on naming my soon to be born son's middle name the same as my father. I am saddened i didn't know this sooner but my condolences to the McCourt family. God Bless.
Frank, nos enamoraste de verdad y para siempre !
Qué pronto supiste ver la vida con ese par de ojazos!
Que gran hijo y formidable hermano fuiste!
Cuánto te van a echar de menos todos los que dejas aquí! Condolencias para todos ellos.
Ojalá pudieras mandarnos la crónica de la familia desde allá arriba!
Gracias por todo!
Other than the dates and surnames, Angela's Ashes told the story of my own Irish /American family.
Rest in peace Frank.
I feel as though Frank McCourt was my friend after reading all of his books. I even took a trip to Limerick, Ireland to feel his presence. I am just sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet him. I guess I will have to do that in heaven.
"Angela's Ashes" touched my heart in a way no other piece of autobiographical literature ever has...it remains with me always. Frank McCourt is a hero, survivor and everyone's friend. His heart was as big as the world. I am so much the richer for inviting him into my world. Connie Robinson, Charlotte, NC.
My heartfelt condolences to the family!! What a sad day July 19 was!!!
Angela must be so proud of her son!!!! Being Irish and a survivor of the Catholic schools myself I felt his words to my roots!
Very little media attention was given to the passing of this fine man, Frank McCourt. He dealt with his past like a true man. Frank is like a friend and relative to myself and teen son, ourselves going through very hard times.
God bless you Frank McCourt, condolences to your family and we intend to attend your memorial in September.
Megan and Franky Walsh
He was a true inspiration to all who call themselves Mccourts His british extended family will treasure his and his families work they were and are true McCourts
THANK YOU FOR THE LEGACY THAT YOU LEFT THE WORLD TO READ. SEE YOU IN HEAVEN.
Mr. McCourts books added much to my own life in ways that can't be expressed, (I am hardly a writer). Following his life through all three books truely changed my own. At last, reunited with his mothers love with nothing earthly to stand in the way, just love, no worries now. Rest in peace Frank and thank you for all that you have left us....a better world.
What an honor to have had Frank as a 'neighbor' over in Roxbury.
Locally he was so kind and generous with his time and talent. He will be missed so much.
My condolences to his wife and daughter, and brother Malachy.
I picture him still standing at the Pearly Gates talking the ears off of St. Peter!!
New Milford CT
The book and movie touched me in so many ways. One memory I have is of watching the movie with my late father-in-law and it's a memory I treasure. Frank touched so many people and will be missed.
Megan Sterner, Germantown, MD
Although my heritage is Irish, I never fully understood the Irish until reading Frank's books. Until we meet again, God bless Frank and the Irish who went before him.
I've had the opportunity to meet Malachy in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the entire family. I've enjoyed reading all of the McCourt books, they have all given me different views on life. I will always be thankful to the McCourt Family. They have my respect. And the family will always be a huge part of my life and heart. God Bless!!!!!
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO THE MCCOURT FAMILY,FRIENDS& ALL WHO KNEW MR. MCCOURT.
I too am an English teacher and, as Frank would agree, reading student essays occupies a great deal of time; so when my mother said "Here, read a bit of this, dear"(handing me Angela's Ashes), I said not during the school year! But I read a bit and was caught like a fish on a line. To say I became a stalker might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I went to McCourt's lectures, spoke with him, and wrote to him-hoping I could get him to come to speak at my school (St. Francis-a saint, he told me he really loved). I ordered 30 copies of the paperback (which wasn't officially out yet at the time-and caused a bit of a stir when I asked him to sign my "unhard" copy!) for my students, and made his memoir the summer reading assignment ever since. I feel as if I've lost a dear friend, but he has left a part of himself behind that I can keep until we meet again.
I always wanted to sit down and write to Frank, telling him how much I loved his books! But I never got around to it. Which tells me how important it is to do things when you think of them and not put them off.
I had Frank as an English teacher during his Stuyvesant years and learned a lot from him. Shared a pint or two of good dark ale at McSorely's Ale House. Had wonderful conversations about life and literature.
He left us much too early.
You gave face to generations of oppressed Irish families...I am full blooded Irish of third generation. My grandfather lightened up after asking why he was so mean. Did not know it was what he learned; thus what was sent on. He sang to me after that; It will be my memory. Thank you for portraying the Irish as they were; opressed, discriminated, killed, denied. We survived and thrived and you, sir, are the epitome of the story! God Bless You and yours whom will miss you deeply. Maurine Bridgett O'Reilly
I just loved all your books and read them over at least twice a year. I always recommend them to friends. Thank you for giving me endless hours of pure pleasure. You will be greatly missed.
thank you for giving me some absolutely magical moments when i was reading your books.i thought angelas ashes is a story that deserved and needed to be told to let the world know that one man can fly in the face of adversity and live a long and wonderful life.tis was a lovely follow up and a well told story.thank you for the magic you created .rest in peace..
Since reading Frank's books I have always said he is the author I would most like to meet. Sadly, this will never happen, but the stories he wrote will live in my memory forever. I always said the children of today who whine about their lot in life should have a required reading list of Frank's stories. Sleep well Frankie...God speed.
Alona, Ontario Canada
Frank McCourt was responsible for getting my most reluctant readers to read and actually finish a book- and they are seniors in high school! They loved reading Angela's Ashes, discussing it in class, hearing Frank read his book on CD, watching parts of the movie, and writing great essays on the themes and characters in the book. Thank you, Frank, for your thoughts and words. You are now with Mam, Baby Margaret, Eugene, and Oliver. . . .Slainte
I was fortunate to have sailed with Frank on a couple Irish music cruises.We had many interesting conversations. Will miss your wit, writings and down to earth perspective. Rest in Peace.
I loved all his books. It took me back to my childhood. The brogue reminded so much of my dear parents whose lives in Ireland were similiar. It made me understand their silence ,pride and love just a little better Lilly Collery Dawson
I will miss you Frank McCourt. I loved you and your books.
Francie, we hardly knew ye. God bless. R.I.P.
Geri Howard, Walnut Creek, Ca
I felt privileged to read the stories of his life and felt that wonderful spirit that poverty and circumstances could not crush. It made me proud of the Irish in me! Heaven has gained a spritely angel.
Oh Frank, I loved your books!
I So enjoyed Mr Frank McCourts, books, They were don't put me down reading. I bought Angelas Ashes and Tis for my daughter found them at a garage sale with her. She now has her copies and I mine. Mine stay right here so any time I want good reading I can go back to reading them..
I am currently toward the end of 'Tis. My husband came home last week and informed me that "your author died yesterday". I had just finished praising Mr. McCourt to my family the day before, saying look at all he did with his life, how he came over here on a ship, alone with no family in NY, and MADE IT on his own. I had no idea he had passed. Actually, over the last few months, I have spoken of his experiences often. I wanted to write to him, not to say that I felt sorry for him because of his childhood, but I guess to tell him that he makes me feel proud.
I feel like I have lost a friend, I know it is silly, I never met him, but I have been reading his first two books since around February. I am looking forward to starting Teacher Man.
He will always be an inspiration in my life. I will never forget him. He has shown me that though you come from poverty, never give up. I am so grateful for his books. I am sure he has found peace.
A huge, sad void has been left on the planet by this death! The best of the best story tellers whom I had hoped would keep filling spaces on my bookshelf! I believe those of us with strong Irish heritage really 'got' him!
Frank McCourt wrote about ,not only his childhood, but of my own ,as well,as many Irish descendents on different soils. I was raised in Nfld ,Canada from an Irish Catholic mother and an Irish protestant father,who also left us,as small children ( middle 1940's ) .We can identify with the strict Catholic upbringing, the schools and the hyprocrisy of the era,especially because we were from a 'mixed religious marriage' and I guess put the'poor'factor in there as well.The Church had so much power over people.
TG,eyes have been opened today because of people like Frank McCourt.
I had just seen a documentary which was narrated by Mr. McCourt ( Pubs of Dublin )a day or two before the news of Frank's death.Saddened me to hear this unexpected news. I always enjoyed his writings as well as his narrations.The world is an emptier place without him.
What a wonderful story teller! The words he wrote have a tendency to get under one's skin - you are there. His humor, his honesty, his obvious tenacity and love of life (and people) shows through. The world has lost a terrific teller of truth, anguish, gentleness, and love.
My daughter had given me a book that Frank wrote, I was hooked ever since with Franks writings.
The words of Daniel Pennac remind us of what Frank McCourt taught us.
'We must take time to read. If you have to ask yourself where you’ll find the time, it means the desire isn’t there. Because, if you look at it more carefully, no one has the time to read. Children don’t, teenagers don’t, adults don’t. Life is a perpetual plot to keep us from reading...Time spent reading is always time stolen. Like time spent writing, or loving, for that matter. Stolen from what? From life’s obligations...The issue is not whether or not I have the time to read (after all, no one will ever give me that time) but whether I will allow myself the joy of being a reader.'
Thank you, Teacher Man, for the books you wrote, for the stories you told at Book Fairs and other events, for much much much more.
Ah the Irish. Such wonderful people they are. Frank survived em, and told great stories revealing more about
"the drink" then most of us want to know. Now I feel a little better about my childhood thanks to Frank. Rest in Peace.
Until I discovered Frank McCourt, Monica Dickens had been my favourite modern-day author (great grand daughter of Charles). Frank breathed fresh air into modern literature and I devoured everything he wrote (the movie was a bonus, but it all began with his books). Who would have believed the suffering in what we considered to be enlightened times? when being poor was a scourge. His spirit prevailed and always will, through his books. Melanoma is tragically close to my family; I survived it and lost a family member to it. When it's over, it's over (as I'm sure Mr. McC would say). Here's raising a toast to you, with grateful thanks. God Bless and Godspeed. I hope your loved ones find comfort in all these tributes. The world has lost a lovely man and an unparalleled writer.
We have truly lost a treasure here on Earth, but I bet you are keeping the Heavens entertained with your storytelling.Sleep well, Frankie.
Tears came to my eyes,sadness overcame me. A beautiful man, a marvellous story teller. I have read and re-read his books, saw his movie ''Angela Ashes'' so many times, each times it stirred my heart.You will always our favorite author.
God bless you and may your journey to heaven be beautiful we have been truly blessed by your writing and you as an individual you will be truly missed but always be remembered Lorraine
i was just thinking of my favorite authors; after some one offered up a free book, and i made some recommendations; and i completly forgot Frank. Next thing you know, i am reading the obits, and there is this. sad. But, Franks books will always be with my other treasured authors book spaces i have. May the sun always shine in your face, and the wind keep you flying towards the sun.RIP.
Shane, Medford MA
May the road rise to meet him...
We have lost a story teller in the true Irish traditon. He will be greatly missed by all of us who loved the tales he spun.
This wonderful man and writer will be missed and all the
books yet to be written. You left a special gift to all that
have read your books.,or had the opportunity to know you
Laura T. (San Antonio, Texas)
'Tis a gift that you shared with your friends;
Teaching life's little lessons til the end;
We learned while we laughed;
Your words were your craft;
Our thanks, from our hearts, we do send.
I heard Frank speak in Lowell,MA and he was genuine and full of good humor.He appeared delighted and surprised that so many people came to hear him.Rest in Peace,Frank.
Growing up with the name of Ryan and an Irish legacy from my father's side, I read your novels with great interest. You also passed over so close in time to my beloved Polish Grandmother Waleria Kretowicz. Quite fitting that Angela's Ahses was one of my most loved books. May you both find peace and possibly meet each other. x
This wonderful brave man will be greatly missed. An inspiration to all!
My father and mother were born in Ireland and I know for sure that my father had a very similar background as Frank did. I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was a wonderful man and a great inspiration to me and my family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Frank and his brother on a snowy opening day in Chicago . They were desperetly trying to hail a cab . I told my cabbie to stop and pick them up. They thanked me and gave me tickets to their performance of The Blagards . What a wonderful night and what a wonderful memory . Their friendship I will treasure for ever.
As a recent emigrant (came from Ireland 2 years ago) to the U.S. and growing up in the same social class for my generation as Frank McCourt's, I always fancied that one day I would get to meet him somehow at a book signing or some public event or something? I admired him greatly for his blatant honesty and his wit. I am 34, probably the last of a generation to go to the well for water, to have to have butter vouchers, second hand beds and clothes from St. Vincent de Paul (or funded by the local loan-shark for weddings and such). I know there's more in store for me yet, and I only have my past to remind me how far I have come. I wanted to thank him for the inspiration, and the practical example. Today, I sat with my almost 14 year old daughter, and we watched "Angela's Ashes", I want her to know what a great literary and storytelling tradition she comes from, and to preserve her unique Irish way of doing and saying. During the movie we both laughed at the familiarity of it all, understanding the importance of it in both our lives, and our intended legacy. I am finally getting a college education with the intention teaching, then writing further down the line (even if it makes it no further than a box under the bed or chuckles for my future grandkids). Rest in peace Mr. McCourt, you will be well and fondly remembered.
We are diminished by his passing.
I never had him as a teacher, but I enjoyed talking to him at a
Writer's conference at Southhampton College every morning in the hallway. He inspired me so. When I heard of his death, I hurriedly penned an essay about him.-
My sincerest sympathy to Mr. McCourt's family.... he is my favorite author...I thought of him when I had the chance to visit New Yourk a few years ago...some day I will visit Limerick as well... He was in Calgary a few years ago and didn't have the chance to meet him.....after reading his books I fell like I have lost a friend....I would escape into his world when I read his stories...... I will pass his stories onto my children and he will continue to live on.
I WILL MISS MR. MCCOURT HE WAS ALWAYS A JOY TO LISTEN TO.,AND LOOK AT. ,I FELT SUCH A CONNECTION TO HIM. DON'T KNOW WHY THOUGH. MY RELATIVES CAME FROM IRELAND. THE "TULLEY", FROM MAINE. THERE WERE VERY FEW WRITERS I CONNECTED WITH ,BUT FRANK WAS MY PAL, AT LEAST IN MY MIND.LOL.I'M 70 YEARS OLD AND WILL ALWAYS CHERISH FRANKIE AS I CALLED HIM. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND THANK THE LORD FOR PUTTUNG FRANKIE ON THIS EARTH, FOR US COMMON PEOPLE
being of Irish Decent I didnt really appreciate my heritage until I read angela 's ashes it touched me in so many ways. It made me proud of my heritage and the true grit it takes to be an Irish woman Mr McCourt your mam would be proud of you and I will keep your family in my prayers Sincerely Maureen Rosemary Kelly Damico
Frank McCourt's passing feels like the loss of a relative or close friend. This may be because one actually entered Mr. McCourt's life when reading his books, or listening to his talks.
For 12 years, "Angela's Ashes" has been required reading for the 9th grade girls at the Catholic Prep School where I teach. The number of notes I received in my email from so many of these girls, aged 15 to 27, in response to his passing, was both amazing and incredibly touching. What a statement this makes about the impact of Frank McCourt on the lives of so many.
God will wipe out every tear from our eyes,and death will be no more,neither will mournig nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away.
A time we all cannot wait to see :)
Frank McCourt exhibited "a triumph of the human spirit"..from the slums of Limrick to the Great White Way...
Thank you! Mr. McCourt for allowing us to visit your youth, and the endurance of poverty, that some forget and lose the power that takes one to great heights out of love, and determination to suceed.
I can only hope that Mr. McCourt is resting comfortably "upstairs in Italy".....A huge loss.Linda Young, Browns Point, Wa.
I am sorry for your loss. I read "Angela's Ashes." A truly monumental work.
To a truly gifted writer with whom I wished I could have shared a pint...May you rest in peace.
Mr. McCourt will be missed. He taugh all of us a very valuble life lesson and that is to appreciate life on a daily basis. Be grateful for what you have, and do not cry for what is not.
Thank you Sir and God Bless You.
I loved "Angela's Ashes" and "Tis" a really great writer and will be missed. Rest in peace.
V.Coates, Columbus, OH
"I am happy to now see Angela's Ashes as required summer reading in our high school. As an ex pat raising American kids I want them to see how it really was in Ireland long ago and how far the country has come. No one could have portrayed it better than Frank Mc Court " Shauna Dixon - Fl.
Coming from a family of Irish Immigrants Angles Ashes helped me to better understand the life my family led in Ireland and why they chose to better themselves in America. I thank Frank McCourt for bringing their story alive....
He was one of the best. I watched him on several TV shows and also read his books. He really had a rough childhood but overcame everything. He is truly a much valued human being. Condolences to his family. We will miss his wonderful works.
Being an Irish girl in America, I have had stigmas and preconceived notions placed upon me for having such an Irish last name. I am mourning the loss of the first person in my life who made me proud to be a "McGuigan". I will never look down in shame again. Thank you Mr.McCourt
For the past few years Frank and Maggie have owned a property adjacent to ours in Vermont. Early on we had them over with the children for a quick dinner, and he had managed to find a bottle of Irish wine at a local Mom&Pop gas station and store. He was amazed that a person could buy wine at a gas station in Vermont! I was struck by the way he listened to people that evening, whereas I was expecting a lot of spirited talk. He was a nice fellow, and I've played his recordings over and over for the sheer joy of hearing him speak. Our condolences go to his friends and family.
Having been to Ireland as a child (1958), Angela's Ashes helped me to recall a lot of what I witnessed. As a teacher, 'Teacher Man' was my favorite. I even used a lot of Frank's ideas for lessons in doing professional development with ELA teachers. His wit, humor and creativity will trully be missed.
I loved the book but I loved the audio book even more - read by Frank with his lovely Irish brogue - you must try it.
Sue - England
I believe that Angeles Ashes should be mandatory read in schools. Why? Today so few young people don't know the meaning of the word's want or needs. Thank you Mr. Frank McCourt for telling it like it was!
What a wonderful man, what a wonderful author. Frank McCourt made us all
feel his pain, feel his dreams, feel his desires for something better.
God Bless him and God Bless his family.
Thank you for sharing your stories.
Frank made me laugh and made me cry listening to his stories. A most gifted writer and a darlin' man. Frank shall forever live on through his writen words and stories.
Angela's Ashes is my favorite book of all time. I'm not much of a reader but I couldn't put it down. When ever life seems a little gray just think of Frank and I know it is nothing.
The honesty and heart of that book will stay with me forever!
I feel the world lost alot heart as well with you gone Frank . Your with your mother and siblings now.
When I began to read Angela's Ashes, I could not put it down. I enjoyed seeing him as a guest on a TV talk show-- loved his wit and the twinkle in his eyes. Good Bye Frank
Barbara Carchedi, Oak Lawn, Illinois
An amazingly talented author. I enjoyed reading his heartfelt recounting of his childhood days in Ireland. He painted a picture with his words. We feel his pain through his visions. Godspeed.
I am so sorry about Frank. I loved his books. They made me feel like I knew him.
ANGELA'S ASHES IS STILL MY FAVORITE BOOK, SHARI CASEY, MPLS
Thank you so much.
Bonnie O'Leary Stuyvesant High School Class of 1974
I always wanted to be Frank's mom After reading Angeles ashes. i loved that that little boy How i wish to have been t here for him joyce
I had the privilege of meeting Frank and listening to him turn a tale. I am grateful to him for sharing of himself and leaving a legacy to many generations to come. You're writings have touched many a heart.I'm quite sure you we're met at the Pearly Gates with a resounding' Ah, 'Tis Himself!
"Tis" was, is, and always will be my favorite book of all time. It made me feel as though I knew him...and in a way, I think maybe I did. My deepest sympathies to his daughter Maggie and brother Malachy. What a wonderful man, teacher and writer!
Mr. Teacher Man,
Only another Irishman can understand Frank. God love you and keep you...the world is a darker place with your leaving. I can only hope to brighten half as many hearts as you.
Good-bye my friend! I feel that I know you on a first name basis, Poverty, for some unknown reason can bring a strong bond to some, thats why I feel like I know you. I do know that its better to start off in life poor than to be wealthy and end up with nothing.
I need to re-read Angelas Ashes and Tis so that I can feel you again, it was a sad story that kept us rivoted to your writings.
I can't remember a book I enjoyed reading more than Angela's Ashes. So sorry there will be no more Frank McCourt books, his lyrical style of writing was so captivating. And we all feel we know Frank and Malachy, having such intimate glimpses into their lives and having seen Malachy pop up here and there on the soaps I watch.
Mr. McCourt inspired me to keep writing. I have a feeling we're going to feel his influence for a long time. My condolences to his family.
I read Angela's Ashes, after seeing the movie. The details in the book were so vivid and I could better visualize them after I saw the movie. I couldn't believe how Frank survived his rough life in such a positive way. Frank is a lesson to all of us. I think it's time I re-read this book.
I discovered Angela's Ashes and felt my life change a little. Then I read Tis. While reading I came upon mention of Max Kiss from the Ex-Lax company and a few pages later Moses Sorolla was mentioned. Well, I knew of Max Kiss because he was my mother's boss when she worked at the Ex-lax company, but I couldn't remember why Mr Sorolla sounded familiar. My father happened to be visiting me, and I asked him why the name was familiar. He replied that "Moe" had been his department head at the Needle Trades high school when he taught there. Dad was still corresponding with Mrs. Sorolla. So within a few pages Mr. McCourt had captured my whole family history. I felt as if I knew him. His writing will be missed.
My condolences to his whole family. After the loss of my father, I can only say that we keep alive the good memories and that keeps the person alive. Frank McCourt can never be truly gone because of the huge legacy he has left behind.
There hasn't been another book which I have read, re-read, and then listened to the book on tape. When I read Angela's Ashes, I was riveted. I wanted to meet Mr. McCourt and tell him how much the book meant to me. I always thought someday I would be able to. Dana Dohm
I was priviledged to meet Frank McCourt when he gave a talk to the English Department of UCLA after he had given the commencement address to the School of English there. I told him that he had told the story of my family as well and millions of others. He said that he had heard that from so many he had met at signings and other events. He made you cry and laugh at the same time. What a truely profound man and writer.
I will always have the fondest memories of a man i did not know by meeting, but,by reading, deep in my heart , I will always remember him as "THE TEACHER MAN". I encourage the young and old , male and female to read it. I know he wrote Angela's Ashes & Tis,read both, appreciate them. I would have read anything he wrote.
My condolences to you ,his family.
It was the night before Frank McCourt's death that I finished the amazing and moving "Angela's Ashes". I was so touched by his book.
May God bless his family and all that share in his love.
My deepest sympathy goes to the entire McCourt family. He will be greatly missed by not only his immediate family but will be missed by each and every person who was fortunate enough to read any of his books.
To Mr. McCourt's Family:
I am devastated for your loss and for what we(his readers) have lost as well. I was able to meet him at a "reading": his humor as well as his humility was a privilege to watch.
My condolences to the family--I am sorry for your loss. Angela's Ashes will always be one of my favorite books.
Reading Frank McCourt was like sitting
with a gifted story teller; his voice came through each word. Amazingly, some individual sentences in Angela's Ashes both broke my heart and made me smile at the same time.
What a legacy that he shared himself with so many! God bless !
When I learned of Mr. McCourt's death, I cried as if I'd actually known the man. I've never been as moved by a book as I was by "Angela's Ashes," and it's one that I've read over and over. My condolences to Mr. McCourt's family and friends. I'll miss his unique literary voice, and the things he never got to write.
I had closed the final page of Angela's Ashes, and that very night on the evening news it was announced that Frank McCourt passed away. I'll think of him every time I hear an Irish tune. May God hold you in the hollow of his hand......
To The McCourt Family, I wish to express my deepest condolence, and hope that this scripture from the Bible will give you peace, and comfort.
Psalms 83:18 & John 11:1-44.
For years I got caught up in life and dismissed my love of reading and taking that time for myself- then I picked a copy of Angela Ashes ( recommended to me by one of my customers at work) It made me laugh and cry- you reopened that door for me and for that I thank you. Rest in peace and you will be greatly missed
Frank McCourt was a gifted writer. His story was important for everyone to hear. May he now be at peace in heaven.God Bless you Frank McCourt
As we grow & age the losses do number, None are easier than the previous as with each so does go a part of us, Frank was the storyteller in all of us.As his students we lived his life stories. We heard the stories of Limerick years before his pen scribed them. Frank McCourt you may have passed in the flesh today but your stories & life will live on in all of us whom attended Stuyvesant during your era.
Rest Well Frank
People vanish, people die. People laugh and people cry. Some give up, some will try. Some say hi, while some say bye. Others may forget, but never will I. Frank ,, your stories will live in us forever... We all raise our glass to your life --- Cheers !!
Frank, your books made me laugh and cry at the same time. Heaven has gained a true angel. My condolences to Malachy and the rest of the McCourt Clan.
He made me laugh, He made me cry, He brought books back into my life.
Thank You Mr McCourt
May the Road rise up to meet you...
Cathy Rowe, Florida
Thanks for reviving memories of my visit to the Ireland of 1953 (much different than the Ireland of today) and the laughs and tears as I read your books.
We are both lucky and fortunate that you shared your stories with us
Thanks for the Great stories Frank. Rest in Peace.
I am so sorry for the McCourt Family's great loss.
I've read and listened to all his books and loved and was inspired by his writing. Oh, how I would have loved to have been a student in one of his classes.
Rest in peace, Frank McCourt.
I had no idea, as a student at Stuyvesant HS in NYC that Frank McCourt, my creative writing teacher would rise to public fame and recognition for his beautiful writing and gifted storytelling. Thank you for sharing your gift, your stories and inspiration with me and all your students, Mr. McCourt. You once asked me to sing at your funeral - from my heart to your ears in the splendid world after this mortal one; I sing to you and celebrate your life. Thank you, you will be missed.
The world always needs tellers of fine stories - and Mr. McCourt was surely that. But what we need more are teacers who open young minds to the possibilities before them. The world is poorer for his passing, but heaven is certainly richer.
Your books were wonderful. I am glad that you were able to find happiness and recognition in the USA.
God bless you.
I felt as if Angela's Ashes were written just for me...I can read it 100 times and not tire of it...it is my story too...different but the same in so many ways...for those in Ireland who may shrink a little at this great writer's words...take heart...I never once considered it to be Ireland's or the church or the town's fault...it could have been anywhere but it was all the more poetic because it was our beloved Ireland...thank you Frank McCourt for everything and God bless...you will forever be on my heart...Linda McGill-Keveloh
I Always thought that I grew up poor & hungry, but it wasn't until I read Mr. McCourt's book did I realize that I wasn't as poor or hungry as I thought I was...Thank you Mr. McCourt for putting some things in perspective for me...May you rest in peace Frank McCourt.
The world is a better place because you were here. You made a difference. God bless you Frank and all your loved ones.
My sincere condolences go to Frank's family members. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. For the last couple of weeks, I've been listening to "Teacher Man" on CD in my car. I feel like I've lost a friend. I had hoped to meet him someday, and was actually thinking of trying to look him up somehow when in NYC. Probably that couldn't have happened, but somehow, I'm very sad to think it's not even a possibility anymore.
What a wonderful gift he's given us all with his writing.
Sad to hear of Franks passing. He will also be missed in Ireland. His work will still live on. Our Irish history of the bad times will be remembered but we have moved on. At least the next generations will have valuable reading and realise how lucky they are.
God blessed you, thank you for your wit, which I can relate to my Irish father, not always what I wanted as a response but I quote him now, I'm 63 and he is gone. Chat with him.
What an extraordinary talent for taking a sad, desperate story ("Angela's Ashes") and telling it in such a way that was so down-to-earth. There was no doubt about the meanness of the situation, yet it was told with just the right sprinkling of humor. Catholics especially, can relate.
CB St. Louis, MO
I have all three of Mr McCourt's books and they have their own special spot on my bookshelf. After reading Angela's Ashes (both laughing and crying in the same paragraph) I became inspired by his courage and determination to overcome the adversities life presented to him. I wish I would have had an opportunity to meet him. God Bless his family.
THERE ARE FEW BOOKS THAT ARE 'LIFE-CHANGING'. 'ANGELA'S ASHES' CHANGED MY LIFE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE AND I MUST THANK GOD FOR GIVING US FRANK MCCOURT AND I MUST THANK FRANK MCCOURT FOR GIVING HIMSELF TO US. THE WORLD WAS A BETTER PLACE FOR HIM BEING IN IT AND HE WILL BE MOURNED AND CELEBRATED BY MANY MANY MANY FOR AS LONG AS READING IS A HUMAN PURSUIT. REST IN PEACE, FRANK. GOD LOVE YOU AS WE DO.
Thank you for all your stories. I especially enjoyed seeing you in Portland, Oregon and listening to you speak. You had the whole audience in your hands!
Awe Frank, I so jealous of you, as there is no better way to achieve immortality in this life than to be a teacher, then being a storyteller extraordinaire. Your students and readers take with them your wit and wisdom, maybe imparting your life's work to their heirs.
I've listened to your audio versions again and again when I long to hear that lovely voice you had, and that enduring lust for life, striving thru whatever came up.
I'm sure you rememeber Shakespeare's beautiful words of Horatio when standing over Hamlet, paraphrased: "Good night sweet prince; now may the flight of angels take thee to thy eternal rest."
I am only a reader of his work. I never knew him, though through his works and his vivid desriptions I felt I did. I have cheered his victory and have survived my hardships because I knew he did, and he sufered so many more. I love him. He has gone to be with his two brothers and sister, his mother, and finally his father. May there be peace and healing in the life to come. Joelle Greenhalgh, Seattle
God bless Mr. McCourt! Not many men lead such extraordinary lives, nor give that life such an extraordinary voice. Thank you Mr. McCourt for sharing just such a life with the rest of us.....
Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.
I JUST FINISHED READING TEACHER AGAIN DURING MY HOLIDAY. THANKYOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A TEACHER, I KNOW TEACHERS NEVER GET THE RESPECT THAT THEIR DUE. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AT THIS TIME.
his book filled me with so much sorrow and yet such joy in his spirit. I was never moved so much by his book and what the family went thru to exist. I was pleased to only know him thru his works. His journey is over, but his spirit is on every page he wrote. Margot Nusz, East Lansing, mi.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr McCourt on Dame Street in Dublin as he walked along w/his wife. I acted like a star struck groupie as I thanked him profusely for "Angela's Ashes". You see, I,too, grew up with a strict Irish father who was not as demonstrative as I would have liked. Frank McCourt helped me to understand the "Irish logic" of a distant dad. I can't thank him enough. Thank you, my Irish friend.
His books are illuminated by a rare combination of truth, sadness, and humor. I loved not only reading his words, but also listening to him speak, both in the audio version of Angela's Ashes and in interviews - one interview I heard while visiting Ireland was after Angela's Ashes was published and the country was in heated debate over the book. Frank was a wonderful teacher and a perceptive student of life whose generosity blessed all of us.
It's so sad to see you go, but what you left behind has made your life so worth while. Farewell Frank.
Your teaching goes on through your words in print. I am thankful that Teacher McCourt shared them with all of us. Blessing to his family.(St. Louis area - retired English teacher)
Frank McCourt was a GREAT writer. I cried over his books when I read them
-- the true test of a great writer.
Dr. Sally Preski
PS My Gramdfather, Mike Drumm was all Irish. Wonderful people, the Irish!
I have read Frank's books and was hoping to someday meet this great author. He was truly an inspiration to us all! You will be missed Frank. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.
Great teacher and writer. So sorry for your loss. Rest in peace.
We lost a man who inspired the best in those who desire to teach and affect ALL children's lives. He was a no-nonsense kind of person who had little patience for administrators who ignored what kids really need -- a teacher who loves them and will respect them. I am saddened by this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the students who knew him.
I felt like I knew you so well through your books. Your words will not only live on forever, but will inspire generations to come that it is possible to overcome hardship as long as we believe in ourselves. My sympathy to your family. You're in God's hands now. Rest in Peace, Frank McCourt.
An inspiration to every English teacher. Rest in peace and God bless.
We are left to grieve the loss of a memorable teacher, a wonderful writer and a great man. We love you Frank and will never forget you.
I'd like to say how sorry I am to see that Frank McCourt has pasted on. He was in my personal opoinion among the best writers in the world.
His memory will live on in Angela's Ashes, Tis, and The Teacher. To the family I am deeply sorry.
Mr .Frank was a really nice teacher when he died i had thought that it was pretty sad. i miss him a lot and hope and i also wish that he was still here.
I feel such a profound loss. I never met the man, but feel I know him from reading all of his books. I have read "Angela's Ashes" many times and always come away touched by his writing. He touches emotions in me as few authors ever have.
Bless you his family who were so lucky to have him all of your lives. I know the angels are loving having him around to tell a story, and make them laugh as they never have before!!
"Frank you old Blagard. Thank you for giving me the joy of reading all your memoirs. My grandmother grew up in Ardboe County Tyrone. The oldest of four sisters. Her father left for America in 1932 leaving a very angry Irish Catholic wife to raise the girls alone. I have always been fascinated by their story and what it must have been like for them and when I read "Angelas Ashes" I felt as if you had opened a window for me to experience what my grandmother and her sisters childhood was like."
his books were and always will be simpley great. what a pleasure to read. harry childers.
Our condolences to the family at this time but I believe that Mr. Cronkite is waiting to interview Frank; we visited Limerick in July 2009 and met up with Mike O'Donnell at the Quay; what a humor-filled, enjoyable walking tour of Limerick, seeing the places that Frank wrote about; a great story-teller he was! Now, he has gone home!
I'm sending my condolences the family of Mr Frank McCourt. When I heard of the home going of Mr. McCourt I cried. Through his writing I felt as though I had lost a very close friend. Thank you for the joy and happiness that you brought into my life. Rest in Peace, Frank McCourt.
My sincere condolences to Mr. McCourt's family and friends.I absolutely loved all his works and was anxiously awaiting for more. He touched something at the very core of so many of us, that is so obvious by this wonderful outpouring of love and respect. May the road rise up to greet you, til we meet again. Rest in Peace
The feelings felt as I read "Angela's Ashes" can never be explained. Such beautiful writing. And the Irish wit is unsurpassed. While I never knew Mr. McCourt, I am saddened by his passing. I'm uplifted, though, to know that there is an angel up there cracking everyone up! Much love and sympathy to the family.
I'd like to say I'm sorry to the McCourt family for your loss. The book Angelas Ashes deeply touched me. It is by far the best book I have ever read. Mr McCourt was truly an inspiration to me.
Lore Ogg/Channahon, Illinois
Frank said,"Happiness is hard to recall. Its just a glow." May Frank glow in eternal light forever.
I am very sad to hear of Frank's passing. He was a brilliant story teller and his writtings will live on for a very long time. Thank you Frank for your gifts to the world, you will be greatly missed. R.I.P
My condolences to the family of Mr McCourt.Angela's Ashes touched my heart bringing both tears and laughter.He will be missed.
I am a big fan of "Angela's Ashes." My husband and I could watch this movie over and over and over! I grow up poor-not in Ireland, but in Mexico. I could see myself so many times in your shoes. Unfortunately, I also had an alcoholic father. Thank God for your teachings and inspiration! I would have loved to have met you and your beloved family. May Jehovah God give a great place in the new world! You were and will always be a true blessing to many of us, rest in PEACE............
My family enjoyed listening to "Angela's Ashes" on CD during a road trip from Texas to Nevada. We laughed and cried and savored the Irish experience as we have never before. The world has truly lost a unique and wonderful author and artist. You will be remembered fondly by our family.
July 21, 2009
My condolences to the McCourt family.
I was raised in England by an Irish Catholic Mother and enjoyed all of Mr. McCourt's Books.
Requiescat in pace.
I will never forget your wonderful, heartbreaking, stories. Prayers and much love for this man and his survivors. May God bless and keep you Frank McCourt.
i wI WISH THAT I COULD HAVE KNOWN ,YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, BUT YOUR LITERARY WORKS WILL LIVE FOREVER. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. DON FEENEY LOUISVILLE, KY.'
My sympathy to the Frank McCourt family. Several years ago I read the book Angela's Ashes and could not put it down until I finished it. Mr. McCourt had a gift of writing and when reading the pages of his book you felt the personalities of all of the people he wrote about with their joys and sorrows. I never met him personally, but feel I knew him through his books. The world has lost a wonderful person who we all remember in memory through his life and books.
Martha Hoegle, Beaver, Pennsylvania
Frank, you have touched the heart, mind and soul of the entire world by your pure discriptive self of life. Those pages that are bound by time shall be treasured for always,as the winds in their gentle flair turn each line you speak. To his family and friends, may the peace that comes as of the loss you feel, be as comforting as the effect by the content that he has left. He is to be admired for his courage. I also am a native of Ireland and of the same era, now a fourtunate soul in this hallowed place, New York. R.I.P dear friend.
For Frank McCourt... eternal peace, finally. Thank God we had him in our lives.
What a loss! I've read Angela's Ashes, Tis and Teacher Man. Also I had the good fortune to meet Mr. McCourt in Shannon Airport and got his autograph and my picture taken with him. I feel truly blessed to have been introduced to him and his writings.
My sincere sympathy to his family.
A great man...I wish every english teacher could be more like him.
Never touched by a book as much as I was by ANGELA'S ASHES. Frank McCourt was a literary giant, although I'm certain that he'd scoff at such a notion and come up with some sort of brilliant line dismissing my statement. I'm proud to snote that such a wonderful author and man was also a teacher. There's a wee bit more laughter in heaven right now...blessings to all those near to him...you were very lucky...
How lucky are the angels who will be hanging on to your every word.
Frank McCourt's description his Irish Catholic childhood was a service. It shone a bright light on the miseries of Irish Catholic children who were programmed to keep their problems to themselves.
He was a great person.
The first time i read "Angela's Ashes" i was 14, living poor in an abusive home and wondering if i would ever get out. Books were my gateway, the only way i could escape. I could understand where he was coming from(Albeit on a lesser scale)
Ten years later, my life is stable, and normal. I'm a writer, the first in my family to graduate college and my well worn copy of "Angela's Ashes" is still with me as I've carried it where ever i went.
Thank you Mr.McCourt, for showing there is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to stay strong to get there.
God Bless you and keep you. Rest in Peace.
I saw Frank McCourt in Milford, PA and in Frankford, NJ, both off the beaten path for sure. He treated all of us "hillbillies" as though we were sitting in a Limerick pub. He was kind as he spoke to us individually as we waited for him to sign our beloved books. There are very, VERY few people who are that nice, smart, funny, and talented. RIP, Frank, and thanks for making me feel important if even for a minute in time.
I was blessed, when Frank was introduced into my life in word. A sad day it is, but happiness is beyond the white sheet of goodbye. The memories instilled within my living soul will carry me through my life, and keep me steady through the darkness that i have yet to find light within. Thankyou Frank
Sympathy to the family. Such a beautiful man and fabulous story teller. He had a great gift and thankfully, shared that gift with millions who feel as if they now know him and his family as friends. Such great memories you will have to cherish his memory.
You will truly be missed. Thanks for sharing your life story with us! May you find peace & comfort now that you are in the presence of our creator and savior.
I first picked up "Angela's Ashes" around 12 years ago. I read a couple of chapters and somehow put it aside. Last week I picked it up and could not put it down. I was left wanting more. Mr. McCourt has left an impression on me that will never go away. I watched every video interview of him I could find online, read all the articles. I was shocked and saddened that after 1 week of discovering him and being engrossed with him and his life, he has been taken from us. My prayers go out to his family. I know this is a hard time for them.
God bless Frank McCourt.
to the mc court family,
my family is from belfast,northern Ireland and I have listened to many tales of the irish catholic experience no one has expressed and told the truth about the hard journeys and the abuse of the poverty stricken not only for the irish but everyone can identify in some way but it took frank mc court to tell the story honestly with sense of humor, a true survivor. rest in peace
I truly loved reading Frank's writing. It was unsparing in its depiction of poverty yet his own journey was ultimately one of success. His work has been read by millions and has been critically acclaimed, and rightly so. His memoirs provide an important insight into a bleak period of Irish history and help put current economic problems into perspective. He will be missed.
To the McCourt family:
We have all lost a great story teller of life,love and loss. My grandparents came from Ireland, but never had the pleasure to hear their stories. Angel's Ashes brought every image to life for me. His story telling by far, lifes best.
May it bring peace to you all that he touched so many lives.
Rest in peace...
What a sad day to hear about the passing of Frank McCourt. Angela Ashes was my favorite book. I absolutely loved it. I believe every parent should have their children read that sad, but true story,to appreciate everything in life they "do have"
The oddest part for me-- I was rereading Angela's Ashes and two days later heard about Mr McCourt's death. I loved his books--plain and simple loved them. Like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn I felt so much identification with his family and upbringing. God do you appreciate a soft boiled egg, fried onion and floury potato. When I lived in London I knew a number of Irish strong working class women, smoking Woodbines or Benson & Hedges, like chimneys, and raising families. I was always enthralled by the language of 'a bit of fluff and hairpins'. Any "outsider" in society can feel the warmth of the heart of Frank McCourt immediately. His writing and mind are so clear and direct and unpretentious. Once in a great while a person can cut through to what matters in life: humanity and decency exposed in this midst of so much of a crazy and creul society. Teacher Man was lovely too. I have been a teacher of foreign studnts for 25 years and just wish I had had a chance to hear Frank speak in person. Please know McCourt family what an impact your son of Limmerick and NY has had.
Frank McCourt was the only author or even celebrity that I would have loved to have a cup of coffee with. He's a brilliant man with an amazing literary voice that echoes through his novels. I read all three novels every year. Angela's Ashes is my favorite book and my first son will be his namesake.
My true sympathy to his family. What a loss to all the readers in the world because few could have told the story of Angela's Ashes in such a way as he did! He was talented and wrote from the heart. His story in Teacher Man was right on the mark and so very, very funny.
What a remarkable life!
To imagine someone was brought up in that life in the 20th century was unbelievable to me. His books brought me to tears of laughter and sorrow. The world has truly lost one of the greatest story tellers. I feel the need to reread Angela's Ashes yet again.
As the second oldest of nine children and raised in a strict Catholic family, I so related to the gloom and doom of Frank's life... I laughed so hard and cried so hard... Angela's Ashes was truly one of the best books I have ever read.
Being Italian I really had no idea of how the Irish lived, in Ireland that is. We all have stereotypes of peoples and places that are lodged in our minds. Mr. McCourt took me inside his mind and his life. His books will stay with me forever. and I will look forward to meeting him in the next life and I know that I will enjoy listening to his stories for eternity.
God bless you. Thank you.
Being from Limerick my Mother talked of the hard times.. It truely was heart braking watching the movie "Angles Ashes". Fank McCourt gave us a look at the true Ireland at the time. I will miss his sense of humor
and so glad he shared it with us.
You are one of the best writers of our time and, will be missed by many.
You showed what a person can do with little help from others.
Bob, Kansas City
A legend gets his due rest, alas! Thanks, Unc, for inspiring me to write (and publish). I will miss reading your updates, also.
Rest in Peace, Frank.
Love your writings , love you. I bid farewell to you......DHR
To the McCourt family:
My sincere condolences on the loss of your brother. He will be remembered by millions.
Green Mountain Suites Hotel
My condolences to the family. My prayers are with you. May the Lords hand be upon your head and welcome you home Frank. God bless you.
WITH ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE LIMELIGHT THAT RECENTLY PASSED AWAY NO ONE PERSON TOUCHED AND BLESSED ME MORE THAN FRANK MCCOURT. HIS STORIES AND WAY OF TELLING THEM MOVED ME AND INSPIRED ME TO BECOME A WRITER. I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD MEET FRANK AND THANK HIM FOR SHARING HIS LIFE AND STIRRING UP IN ME THE PASSION AND DESIRE TO WRITE. I TRULY WILL MISS YOU MR. MCCOURT.
I felt so much grief when I learned of Frank McCourt's death. Frank's writing had a profound impact on me. My mother and I were blessed to be able to read Angela's Ashes as well as meet Frank at a book signing we attended where he spoke a number of years ago. We treasure that memory and cherish our copies of that book.
We are thankful we at least had the privilege to experience knowing him through this quintessential memoir. Our hearts feel sad and broken by his departure. We long for and look forward know you better one day, Frank. We love you in Christ.
Michelle Egelston and
FRANK MCCOURT WAS AN INSPIRATION & A PROFILE IN COURAGE! AFTER I READ "ANGELA'S ASHES",& WENT TO
IRELAND, I ASKED ESPECIALLY TO SEE 'THE LANES' IN LIMERICK TO SEE
WHERE HE GREW UP. YOU ARE MY TEACHER,FRANK MCCOURT,
GOD BLESS YOU & KEEP YOU IN HEAVEN :)
Heaven must be one happy place,look who just arrived.Angelas ashes is a story so well written that we who have Irish ancestors could feel the sorrow and laughter,and wish we had the gift and education to produce such agreat book.Mr. Mccourt may Heaven rejoice and the angles sing welcome Frank Mccourt.
We've had to say good bye to so many great people this week and my life is impacted...but the world stops for no one. I was unable to go to Ireland but little matter. I held it in my hands when I read Frank McCourt's books. Frank was a wise soul. I'm sorry for all us due to this loss.
...may you be in Heaven a half an hour before.....
Rest in Peace
not only an amazing writer but a gentleman and a scholar
Frankie, you had the most beautiful eyes.
As a 'child of the Depression era" living in the deep south and a hard core Baptist Mother, I knew exactly what Mr McCord was saying. His words have touched my life.
True Story !!
After reading Angela's Ashes AND loving it, I learned that Frank lived in Roxbury Ct. So, while in that area I stopped at the ONLY General Store in town and found his name in the local phone book. I drove to his home with book in hand to get it autographed. He was not home, so I left the book with a note requesting he sign it and return it to me C.O.D - Well, 3 weeks later I received the signed book with a gracious note from Frank...AND he paid for the postage ! Talk about class !! Heartfelt condolences to his family. May he rest in eternal peace.
What a great Irish spirit that will live for ever with his writing.
REST IN PEACE, FRANK MCCOURT
To a kindred Irish spirit whose book "Angela's Ashes" helped us understand our Irish roots a little better. The world has lost an important literary voice. We will sorely miss that voice. May God hold you, Frank, in the palm of His hand.
Barbara and Martin Hailey
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR. yOU WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY OF US
Mr. Mccourt was a great author and my dream was to actually meet him some day but I'm guessing it'll have to be in heaven.bless him and the family he leaves behind...
I was praying for another book. His stories brought to life my Irish heritage and what my ancestors went thru to survive. I never knew until I read his books. Thank you so much Frank McCourt, and God Bless You and Keep You in His Hands. You will always be in my Heart, as I work on our Family Tree....
I have never enjoyed reading a book as much as I did Angela's Ashes. More so now then ever I will go back and read this book again. I was very saddened to learn of Mr. McCourt's passing. I was able to read all his books but was always on the look out for his new one. I will always treasure the ones he wrote. A friend from San Antonio, Tx
I hope that I can follow in your footsteps and heal the pain of a sad childhood by putting it in story form.
I heard you on the bob edward show i could have listened all day and night,good rest to you in heaven.
martin,san antonio tx
They say we all have a story. Well, Frank McCourt did and he wrote with such detail and clarity, it was hard not to feel what his character was feeling. Difficult beginnings led this exceptional writer, whose work I loved, to make many friends who now mourn his passing. V Siffert
Angela's Ashes renewed a forgotten love of reading for me. His stories came alive and were touching and funny and fascinating. And as someone who always "thought about" becoming a teacher, AND about thinking outside the box, Teacher Man inspired me to look at so very many things differently.
Thank you Mr. McCourt - may you have peace, and may "Jaysus, Mary, and Joseph" welcome you with all the tea you can stand to drink.
May the spirits of the McCourt family be lifted in the knowing of how much Frank touched our souls. God's love hold you close. John Ferris
I picked up your novel at the age of 18 and fell in love with reading... Thankyou
Your life was an inspiration and you are a true gentleman. I'm sure you will be greatly missed as I have only read about your life and feel great sorrow. To a great writer and talent, my thoughts are with you.
It is always sad to lose a love one, my condolences to the family. May God give you the strength you need to get through each day.
I will go home and read Angela's Ashes and Tis again! What a wonderful writer and human being. We will miss you Mr. McCourt..... Friends in Texas
My deepest sympathy to the McCourt clan. I loved Frank McCourt's books Angela Ashes & Tis. I have Teacher Man in my bookcase. I'll be relishing this book very soon. I watched all his TV interviews. He spoke to my heart as an Irish American. Well done and may God Bless and keep all the McCourt clan.
My husband and I feel we have lost a friend. His books held us spell-bound from start to finish. His writing was so human he seemed to be part of our family. Sympathy to his family and friends.
My prayers are with the family at this sad time. I read Angela's Ashes and saw the movie. Mr. McCourt is a testament to "moving above the situation" evidenced in his life to make it better, both for himself and for others. He earned many jewels for his crown in Heaven.
May the words found at Job 33:25 give you comfort in knowing that Frank will return to the days of his youth and be able to write again as well as be reunited with his loved ones. With deepest sympathy.
What a life and what a man! He makes me proud to be a teacher again; he made me realize that it is a noble calling in spite of everything. I will miss him...when I heard of his passing I felt as though I had been kicked. I am so glad he had those years at the end of his life to enjoy his unexpected glory. His legacy lives on...but don't you wish he could write just one more story about his arrival in Heaven? Thank you! You touched my heart!
Outstanding novels written by a talented, gifted author. yes, he will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the McCourt Family. Frank bared his soul in his writings. He showed so much passion and honesty, and I feel the many students who sat in his classroom are some of the most fortunate in the world. The world is a better place because of Frank.
I'm very sad to learn of Frank McCourt's passing. His books are among my favorites ever. They made me laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page. My deepest condolences to his family.
May the light of heaven shine on your grave.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
My daughter and I listened to Frank McCourt speak as a guest of "Rainy Day Books" in Prairie Village , Kansas just a few years ago. We spoke with him briefly. Not only was he a good writer and an intelligent man with a great sense of humor, he was a man of kindness and depth. Our visit with him, as he autographed his book for us, although short, was quite telling of his class and great worthiness of his popularity. We need more great teachers and those who love the literary word and are able to teach those words to us. Thanks for your contributions in the short time you had on this earth, and may you rest in God's peace.
What a remarkable man! He touched so many lives with his writings. Each and every one of his books is a classic. Thank you for showing us what is truly important in life. You will never be forgotten. With deepest sympathy to his family.
Joanne M. (O'Toole) Kosar
Not sure why, but I feel like I already miss you Mr. McCourt, and I had never even met you. Truth is, I always hoped to somehow run into you on the Upper West Side in Manhattan and tell you how much I loved and treasured your hard earned humor and the deep humanity of all your stories. As a born and raised Italian, I had a feeling about what you were referring to in much of them.
To read you have passed made feel as if I had lost a friend.
To your family, my most heartfelt condolences, simpathy and yes, prayers.
Frank it was such a pleasant to read your books. You are missed, God Bless you and all the McCourts. Thank you all for enriching our lives with your words, experiences and lives. jim scanlon lcsw
I am truly saddened that Frank McCourt is now gone from this earth. My condolences to all the family and those who loved him best.I have loved his books and got them whenever they first came out, once while on vacation purposely going into a bookstore for "Tis'" right away. I also loved the movie, "Angela's Ashes". I still reread them. "Teacher Man" is not my favorite, but I keep them all on my bookshelves along with one of Malachy's books.
May your memories be a comfort always and God bless.
I've read all of Frank's stories plus the ones his brothers wrote and enjoyed all of them so much. I hope he is up in heaven sharping his pencil for another great book! GOD BLESS US ALL...
I loved your books . You will be missed
Reading Frank McCourt's books have moved me. When I saw his obituary, initally, I did not want to believe it! This man wrote about his life growing up in such a harsh time and although some of us cannot fathom what it is like, you cannot help but fall in love with Mr. McCourt. Through all of his trials and tribulations, he is, and always will be, one of the greatest literary geniuses of our time. I hope that you are dancing in heaven with those two left feet and having a nice pint :) 'Tis time for us all, eventually. Thank you Frank.
When I read Angela's Ashes I felt it was talking about my father's life. He immagrated to Canada and never quite lost that background. After the book I understood him a little better. Thank you Mr McCourt.
I was fortunate enough to have Mr.McCourt as a teacher at Stuyvesant Hight School. Everyone wanted to be in his classes since he had such an easygoing style of teaching that made learning fun. I still remember a creative writing class where a joke in my essay made him laugh and it just made my day. That is the way I wish to remember him with his laughter lighting up the room. He has left the pain and heartache of his young life behind and has entered love, laughter and joy. Thanks Mr.McCourt...we will miss you. My prayers to you and to your family.
I am a library worker, and at a workshop I attended a few years ago, we were asked who would be the person we most found interesting in the world and would like to talk to. My answer? Frank McCourt. I will miss him.
To Michael, Malachy and family -
Condolences from John McDermott's family ...a photo of Frank,Chris Matthews and Tim Russert having a wonderful time in Nantucket is on my desk - may he and Tim be swapping stories with a few "monks swimming". He gave back with his gifts, may his legacy continue.
Favorite quote---you don't fill your mind with rubbish...it's a castle..if you won the irish sweeps and had won a beautiful house to furnish no matter how poor you were you would fill it with beauty....words are frm my senior memory and ....wise advice from a extremely wise man
What a wonderful, strong man. I wish I had know him other than his wonderful book "Angela,s Ashes".
What an amazing life you had. I loved your books. Angela's Ashes was probably my favorite book of all time. Your death is a great loss to us all.
Angels to Angels is the latest chapter in a very giving life.....may his soul discover magnificent Love and Joy...my parents were both born in Ireland ..intelligence and wit and never losing faith were what remained...beautiful race,beautiful people,blessings,
What a life, what a story, what an author, lived & told it as no other irishman could, the laughter of his pathetic young life as we all know it will forever be with us, carry on Malachy. S.B.
I read Mr McCourts Book "Angelas Ashes" and also saw the Film.
I found them both unforgettable.They truely touched my soul, being of Irish desent. May he rest in a well deserved peace.
Bruce Dolin Irwin Phx AZ
One didn't need to sit in a class to be a student of his. You only needed to read his words to learn life's lessons. He was one of the greatest authors and men of our time and will truly be missed.
Thank you Frank for writing the best book that I have ever or will ever read "Angela's Ashes " What a talent.
"Slan Leat Teacher man".
I read Mr McCourts Book "Angelas Ashes" and also saw the Film.
I found them both unforgettable.They truely touched my soul, being of Irish desent. May he rest in awell deserved peace.
Bruce Dolin Irwin Phx AZ
This message is for Conor and Malachy...how sad for you and the entire McCourt family. I know that you consider yourselves as just ordinary people, but you're not. And Frank was the vehicle through which your story was told. You two are very special and always will be. I will continue to think of you often.
Rest in peace Frank! I will always cherish Angela's Ashes, Tis and Teacher Man. Your life was enjoyable for me to read, and I'm glad you lived it.
I loved all of Mr. McCourt's books. My prayers and thoughts are with his family
My condolances to your family and friends, they have lost someone who had an amazingly beautiful soul and a knack for telling stories. I remember in 9th grade reading an exerpt from Angela's Ashes and immediately went and bought the book. I laughed and cried throughout. You had me from sentence one. You are one of the few inspirational people in my life and have left your mark and wisdom with me. All of your memiors will hold a special place in my heart and my bookshelf for as long as I live.
I had the opportunity to hear Frank McCourt speak at a book signing. He was the most unpretentious, endearing person given his fame. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
I MET MR. MCCOURT IN FRAMINGHAM MA AT BORDER'S BOOK STORE WHEN HE CAME TO DO A SIGNING. I COULD HAVE STAYED IN THAT LINE FOR WEEKS JUST LISTENING TO HIM TALK TO EVERYONE. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY LIFE.
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR
My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. McCourt. He was someone who so deserved to have his words read. I enjoyed reading his books and I enjoyed listening to him talk because he was such an honest person. There was no pretense about him. He loved what he did and he did it well.
Mr MCCourt was a teacher of mine at Stuyvesant HS. My sympathy to his family. He was interesting and after 39 years I can still remember some of the class discussions! He will be remembered for many years to come.
Rest in peace dear Frank,You brought me many hours of happiness,you will always be my favorite author.
So sad I am today to hear of Mr. McCourt's passing. I am sure he would have had a great tale to tell about dying.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed his writing. The sad stories made me laugh so hard I woke up my husband while he slept. I loved his writing and the little details.
May he rest in peace and thanks for touching my life.
My sincere condolences go to his brother and rest of the family. He gave a voice to the voiceless and increased our capacity for compassion. for older would-be writers, he gave a special inspiration. Good Journey, Frank McCourt
So sad I am today to hear of Mr. McCourt's passing. I am sure he would have had a great tale to tell about dying.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed his writing. The sad stories made me laugh so hard I woke up my husband while he slept. I loved his writing and the little details.
May he rest in peace and thanks for touching my life.
Mr. McCourt's books brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my heart. May you rest in eternal peace.
Frank McCourt had such a wonderful gift for the spoken and written word. Listening to him was a joy. I still remember when he and Malachy were performing "A Couple of Blagards" in Chicago many years ago. He was one of a kind.
I feel sad. What a writer. I loved Angela's Ashes and read all his books and watched him on TV too. My sympathy to all his family and friends. what an honest guy!!
Thank you for sharing your amazing life with us through your wonderful
books. My sincere condolences to your family. You will be sorely missed as
a person as well as an author.
Your book "Angela's Ashes" was one of my favorites. I really enjoyed your book and your interviews on the Irish in America. You have made one hell of an impact for the Irish in this country and we're a better people for it. Thank you and God Bless you.
Ah, Frankie! Thanks for baring your soul and sharing your life with the world - we are all the better for it.
Would love to hear you describe heaven to us! I'm hoping you're enjoying some lovely fish and chips and a pint with St. Francis, St. Anthony and St. Therese, or at least that you are somewhere in Italy.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ellen and all the family--
Thanks again, Teacher Man. You have taught us well.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
How sad to learn of Mr. McCourt's
passing. Would that I could of had
a teacher like him. May his family
be comforted. He has left many who
will miss him the world over.
Frank - Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with the world. You are a huge inspiration for me and my outlook on life has been forever changed. You truly were a wonderful author and I'm sorry I wasn't ever able to meet you! My husband and I both agree that we feel like we were your friends through reading your memoirs. I know that we aren't the only people you've made an impact on and for that....Thank you! May you rest in peace.
"I am deeply saddened by Frank McCourt's passing. I was moved by his humor and lasting compassion for others--all despite the harsh reality he faced. The stuff he was made of shined beyond gold."
I read all your books. You were an incredible story teller. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
You were of of the most done to earth authors ever read.I enjoyed all of your books and will treasure your works and memory always.
May you rest in peace. God Bless your loved ones..
I had a difficult time reading "Angels's Ashes" because my heart was broken by the way those poor and innocent children were raised. I actually had to put the book down several times before I could continue reading. Mr. Mc Court and his brothers were indeed survivors, despite their sad and squalid upbringing. Thanks for his contributions to our lives; Frank has a special place in heaven....may he finally rest in peace.
Thanks for writing your book. You gave me a look at what life was like for the poor in Ireland. Janet Huya (Fairview, PA)
He was a great story teller. May God hold him in the palm of His hand.
Sylvia Coast (Franklin, Pennsylvania)
I first heard about you my last year of university when I was about to become a teacher. My university professor recommended we all read your book and I didn't stop at Teacher Man; I read them all back to back. Thanks for that.
Your book Angela's Ashes was the best. Hope you rest in peace.
I read Mr. McCourts first 2 books and loved them and told everyone about him. He was the best! What an eye opener into the life of the poor Irish! Frank McCourt will be missed so much!
Having read Angela's Ashes,Tis and Teacher Man, I feel like I became part of the McCourt family. Mr. McCourt was truly one of the greastest writers ever. I am saddened to hear of his death and wish his family well. I loved all three of your books Frank. Rest In Peace.
You will be sadly missed.I feel sadness for your family, my father died of meningitis as well.I named my kids cat after Frank. Ill never forget my daughter asking me when i gave her some change,"is this my Friday penny mommy"? She will be sad as well.Rest in peace Frankie.You are in my prayers.
Thanks for all the laughs, Frank,,,
I am absolutely beside myself right now. Last night, I took my kids to Blockbuster to rent some kids movies. There was some kind of deal if you rented 3 movies, so I rented 'Angela's Ashes', as I had read the book a few years ago. I was astonished to hear today's news about Frank McCourt's passing. What a coincidence that I rented that movie today of all days...
WHAT A PLEASURE TO MEET FRANK MCCOURT IN AUSTIN DURING THE TEXAS BOOK FAIR SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND TO GET MY BOOK SIGNED. THE GREATEST STORY TELLER IN MY LIFE TIME, MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
God Bless you Frank McCourt, and thank you for the inspiration you have given to so many during your lifetime. Margaret Baum
God Bless you Frank McCourt, and thank you for the inspiration you have given to so many during your lifetime.
I was honored to meet Frank McCourt a few years ago at a meeting of the "Wild Geese" at the Shanahan home in Stamford, CT. We were celebrating Bloomsday. Frank's stories and his voice will endure. May the Road Rise Up, Frank.
I cried - I laughed you took me on a wonderful journey and transported me to another time and your life. You will be missed by all you touched.
Families & friends of
Mr. Frank McCourt:
Wish to express my sympathy for the
passing of Mr. Frank McCourt.
I always admire people who can write
great books, poems or articles in the news. It is especally so for those who spread knowledge, kindness, love, understanding and inspirations via letters, emails, quotes and poetry.
His writing lives and he is now with GOD.
My heart goes out to you at this time. I am truly sorry for your loss. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Reading Psalms 121 is a very comforting scriptural passage. There you will find assurance of God’s support as well. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Frank was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. He was always full of an encouraging word. He was the primary reason I moved to Europe in 95. He took the time to talk to me about university in Dublin and adjusting to the culture from NYC. What a wonderfully warm & compassionate man. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Blessings on his cranium. Meagan Birch (London, UK)
I am so glad I bought Frank Mccourt's book Angela's Ashes at the book store and the one's following because I thought he was the best Author I have ever read. I will cherish my books of his writing forever.
After reading Angela's Ashes I could not get enough of this great man. He was a great story teller. making one laugh and cry. He will be missed.
I first heard of Frank Mccourt when I was riveted to reading Angela's Ashes. What a master story teller. His life story itself is an inspiration to everybody. Frank truly had the gift of the 'blarney'when it came to telling of his life in Ireland and here in the US. May he rest in peace and may God's blessings shine on his family.
Last year, we drank a Guinness at WL Smith's in Limerick during our visit to the Emerald Isle. We could feel Mr. McCourt's presence directing us through the city.
Thank you, Mr McCourt for sharing your story with us. It truly touched me. My regret. I wish I could have met you.
I am proud of my Irish heritage and your insight confirmed it.
Godspeed and Sl?inte!
Elizabeth (Tampa FL)
Spell binding literature. I felt a connection to my mother's Irish ancestry. Hours of enjoyment. A rare individual that Ireland seems to spawn more often than most other countries. God bless.
It was always a pleasure to see Mr. & Mrs. McCourt, sometimes with their dog, at Lenny's on Columbus Avenue or in the neighborhood. He was a gentle and kind man. Thanks for the insight about life in Ireland where my paternal great grand parents were raised. R.I.P.
From the moment I read the first few words of Angela's Ashes I was mesmerized by Mr. McCourt's writing. What a journey he had from Ireland back to America. God bless his family. He will live on forever in this country as a wonderful creative writer.
How sad it was to read this terrible news online this morning. I have enjoyed reading the series of Frank McCourt books. The film of Angela's Ashes was truely inspirational. We will miss you Frank.
His death truly saddens me.One of my greatest joys was listening to the audio form of his book, which he narrated.Oh the wonder of the written word and the lyrical Irish voice of his.To read it is one thing, to hear him read it was a wonder to behold.Your time on earth was too short but may you continue to tell stories in Heaven above, because you are surely there!
Mr. McCourt gave me such insight into my Irish background and did it so beautifully. God Speed! You will be well remembered...
A man who wrote a masterpiece of time. God Bless You.
REST IN PEACE FRANK MCCOURT, YOU WERE A GOOD S5TORYTELLER
Angela's Ashes touched my life as did Teacher Man. In fact,I became a NYC teacher at 50 years old and this book informed my teaching style--my Principal doesn't like me either! I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Mccourt's passing and can only imagine what he must have suffered. But, what a life he lived! My sympathy to his family. Fair tides and welcoming winds, Sir!
Heaven, now has a new angel,one that has taught me understanding of how you can go on after many struggles and loses. God Bless you, Frank McCourt,You will be missed
God bless Frank McCourt. I read Angela's Ashes years ago and haven't felt the same since--it's an amazing piece of work. I love this man.
I saw Mr. McCourt in Chattanooga a couple fo years agoe at UTC. I think I was the only one in the audience that was not a teacher or student. He was a great speaker!! My daughter was envious that she never got to hear him. I am sorry for your loss.
I saw Mr. McCourt in Chattanooga a couple of years ago at UTC. I think I was the only one in the audience that was not a teacher or student. He was a great speaker!! My daughter was envious that she never got to hear him. I am sorry for your loss.
A perfect Gem from the Emerald Isles! You are now again with Angela and the clan my dear friend! May God bless you for a job well done.
I LOVED THE MAN AND ADMIRED HIS COURAGE AND STRENGHT..THE WORLD WILL BE A SADDER PLACE WITH OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL MAN
I LOVED THE MAN AND ADMIRED HIS COURAGE AND STRENGHT..THE WORLD WILL BE A SADDER PLACE WITH OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL MAN
May you enter the garden of happiness, Mr. McCourt, from one of the thousands of students whose lives you helped to change for the better...
A life well lived. Godspeed Frank.
Reading his book gave me a better insight into my fathers childhood in Ireland. God bless you Frank. May the angels lead you into paradise.
To All that Mr. McCourt has left behind,
Thank you, kind sir, for educating me with a gentle hand and words I can see. Thank you for your foresight, that I and many others, needed in order to hear the real story. You have now gone to eternal peace and I am sure my grandfather, William Maloney, welcomed you at the gates. God's speed until we meet, 'Tis.
Mr. McCourt, as he was known to his students at Stuyvesant High School, will forever live amongst us. I know there are thousands and thousands of his former students, who like myself, will mourn his loss. The ONLY teacher worth remembering at Stuyvesant was ALWAYS Frank McCourt.
I loved Angela's Ashes but Teacher Man helped me to become a teacher. I was waffling about going into teaching; thought you had to walk on water to teach. That book made me realize you just had to connect to your students and be yourself. I have so many mental images from his books, both poignant and hilarious ( some of those jobs he had in New York before teaching ?!!!) and his words will be forever with me. I feel like I lost a member of my family !!
Frank McCourt has been my absolute favorite author for many years now. I have read time and again every single thing that I could get my hands on written by him. I am also of Irish descent, and learned a lot about why my family came to America from Angela's Ashes. My family story was much the same. My family wasn't from Limerick, but from Cork. In reading his books, I had a sense that I knew Mr. McCourt, though I had never met him in my life. I am indeed saddened by his passing... The world lost an amazing writer, and the world lost a unique, funny and amazing Irishman...
I'm so sad to hear of Mr. McCourt's death. He was a wonderful storyteller. I was so amazed at the way I could cry so hard one moment and laugh the next while reading Angela's Ashes. He had a gift and his life was a gift to all of us.
I read for reasons far too many to express, but I thoughtfully admit McCourt's literature as the catalyst for my appreciation of memoirs. Personally, he will forever more be revered as a fantastic Irish-American author. My prayers are with the family and close colleagues.
This man's words made me laugh and cry like I hadn't in years. It also reinforced my gratitude for growing up as carefree as I did. Bless him for putting in words what must have been so difficult to relive. I do wish he could be here to write more for us, but some stars shine briefly, but oh so bright.
I read for reasons far too many to express, but I can thoughtfully say that McCourt's literature was the catalyst for my appreciation of memoirs. A life well lived; a life well noted. I will always revere McCourt as a wonderful Irish-American author. May the after life enjoy your tale as much as I and many of your readers did.
I read Mr McCourt's book years ago, and it gave me goose bumps at the lines he would quote. I could hear my old Irish mother who was brought up in the poor part of St. Louis.
I think his book was a must of anyone of Irish heritage. It brings to light the plight of the country we were indeed lucky to have escaped. God bless you Francis McCourt, now with your beloved Ma.
I was shocked and saddened to hear Mr. McCourt died. His stories made me laugh and cry. I secretly hoped to meet him one day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Frank McCourt's death is truly a great loss. I enjoyed "Angela's Ashes" tremendously. After I read that book, it made me appreciate my life more, it made me appreciate the things in my life that I took for granted. He was a great author. He will be missed. May God bless him and his family.
Many times over the years, especially after reading one of Frank's books, I would think about contacting him to see if we're related. My Dad used to run in to turn on the TV, declaring, "Malachy McCourt is going to be on TV!" He thought it was so cool to have a "known" McCourt, who was also funny, on TV. His father had been a vaudeville actor. So many years later I read Frank's books and Angela's Ashes touched my heart...and I never told him. I regret that. "Life is changed, not ended" so I guess I'll have to wait to meet him in heaven. God bless the family as you say goodbye.
I loved his work and thought him to be a man with a great sense of humor. My family read the book at the same time and it gave us several hours of laughter & tears.
My mother would read Angela's Ashes and cry. She is a first generation American whose parents were from County Cork and Derry, and she would say his parents embodied her own. I read the book and felt connected to family I never met. He was a great writer and his book will be read for a long time. What a contribution. He will be missed.
We offer our deep sympathy and condolences to your family. "GOD is near to those broken and heart...and He saves." Psalms 34:18
I love and admire Mr. McCourt's work truly true talent. He will be missed.
He spoke such truth in his writing. Mr. McCourt's book, "Angela's Ashes", was actually crucial in my meeting my husband. We named our first child Malachy to honor the impact Frank's book had on us.
May God continue to bless Mr. McCourt in Heaven.
I so enjoyed reading Frank's books. I cried and laughed out loud. I will miss not having more Mccourt adventures to read about. God bless you. You deserve in a place in heaven.
I am saddened beyond belief. His life was a gift to all of us who chose to read his books or hear the narrative of his work. He put faces on and gave personalities to the struggling Catholic people who lived in the poor villages of Ireland at that time, and especially the members of his family. I am certain the prosperous adults who were fortunate to be his students have fond memories of him as well. I hope they share them in this guest book.
My prayers go to all surviving family members. Rest assured, he is at peace.
R.I.P. Mr. McCourt,
"Blessed are the Storytellers..." You have left us with your lovely words that have touched so many of us..