Author. The son of French Canadian immigrants who settled in Lowell, Massachusetts, he could not speak a word of English until age six and barely could upon entering Lowell High School. He managed to attend Columbia University and even played football but, after breaking a leg, the school and sports were ended and his start of a nomadic existence where he never stayed long in one place. His most famous work was "The Beat Generation" however, his book "On the Road" best mirrored his own life and brought almost instant fame and recognition. The character he described could have been himself, one who was a nobody propelled to a short span of greatness and fame, then it was back to being a nobody. All his published works were accomplished in a short span of time in the 1950s. He became hindered and consumed by alcoholism, succumbing to cirrhosis of the liver at St Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida. His remains were shipped back to his boyhood home of Lowell and after a mass at St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral, where he served as an altar boy, he was interred in the family Plot at Edson Cemetery.
Bio by: Donald Greyfield
- HE HONORED LIFE -