FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2009
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOOMBERG ON THE PASSING OF FRANK MCCOURT
“A year or two ago, Frank McCourt and I were speaking at Adrian Flannelly’s annual St Patrick’s Day party and radio show when Frank said, ‘New York is such a lovely city. I was born here, and I’d like to die here too – in about 30 years.’ Sadly, we lost Frank today, far too soon.
“Frank arrived in New York from Limerick with nothing and – like so many Irish immigrants before him – worked to build a better life here. He shared his gift for teaching with thousands of New York City public school children, and when he retired, he shared his gift for storytelling with the world. Frank’s love for his students was matched only by the respect he had for his fellow teachers, and his success as a writer reflects the incredible talent that is found at the front of public school classrooms throughout the City.
“Of all the great New York writers, few have captured the
hearts of readers – and the heart of the City – as well as Frank. Tonight,
on behalf of the city he loved, I want to extend my deepest sympathies Frank’s
wife Ellen, his daughter Maggie, his brothers, and all his other loved ones. Our
thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958