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Frank McCourt

  • Frank's Birth

    Frank's Birth Francis "Frank" McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York to Irish parents.
  • I have a brother

    I have a brother
    Malachy Jr is born in Brooklyn, New York. Frank's first brother.
  • Two more.

    Two more.
    Twins Oliver and Eugene are born in Brooklyn, New York. Frank's 3rd and 4th brothers.
  • Death In The Family

    Death In The Family
    Frank's sister Margaret died eight weeks after she was born in 1935. The family then packed up everything to their name and moved back to Limerick, Ireland.
  • Tragedy strikes again

    Almost a year after Frank's sister Margaret died, his brothers Oliver and Eugene died of illness in Limerick, Ireland.
  • Bad Conditions

    Bad Conditions
    Frank McCourt gets typhoid fever at age 11 due to lack of nutrition. Frank was in hospital for two weeks.
  • My father left

    My father left
    Frank's father Malachy Sr left Limerick to find work in the factories of wartime in Coventry, England.
  • No More School

    No More School
    Frank's school education ended at age 13 when the Irish Christian Brothers ejected him even though his writing skills were top class.
  • Beginning of a new future

    Beginning of a new future
    Time Frank, at the age of 19, left Ireland to head back to New York City on a boat with all the money he saved working for the post office and also doing odd jobs his whole teenage life. He made $26 per week and sent $10 of it back to his mother in Limerick.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Wikipedia Frank was drafted into the Korean war and was sent to Bavaria for two years training dogs.
  • Graduate

    The Story In 1957, Frank graduated from New York Uiversity with a Bachelor's Degree in English
  • First Marriage

    Frank married Alberta Small and had a daughter Margaret.
  • Second Try

    Frank married his second wife, Cheryl Ford. She was a psychotherapist.
  • Final Attempt

    Final Attempt
    Frank married his third and final wife Ellen Frey McCourt in August 1994 where they lived in New York City.
  • Angela's Ashes

    Angela's Ashes
    Frank published an autobiography of his life as a young boy growing up in difficult conditions in Limerick, Ireland. The book ends right before he is about to travel back to America alone.
  • 'Tis

    This is a sequel to "Angela's Ashes". The book " 'Tis" continues the narrative of his life picking up from the end of the first book.
  • All Down Hill

    All Down Hill
    Frank is diagnosed with Melanoma and was in remission, undergoing home chemotherapy.
  • Saying Goodbye

    Saying Goodbye
    CNN Frank died on July 19th, 2009 to cancer due to meningeal. He is survived by his wife Ellen, his daughter Maggie, grandsons Frank, Jack and Avery and his three brothers and their families.