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Janet McDonald
  • 53 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 10, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 11, 2007
  • Place of passing:
    Paris, France

Janet McDonald   

PS. 287


Harlem Prep




Paris University





Great Auntee

International Lawyer





English Lanuage

Spanish Language

French Language

World Traveler


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Laureen Sabella on 12th April 2016

"9 years have passed.  I have a shelf of Janet's books.  So I guess I have to read again.  Her books for young people can also be for old people like me."

This tribute was added by Jane Lang on 10th August 2015

"It's been over a year since I first read Janet's autobiography. I'm a total stranger to her family and her life, but I've never had something impact me so powerfully. I think of her story and her experiences  often and tell other people about her. I'm high school teacher, and I tell my teenagers about her too. I want to bring her back so she can be with her family and friends. Just think what more she could have brought us as she got older!"

This tribute was added by makeeba page on 12th April 2015

"I miss you so much auntie, we all need you so much I know your watching over all of us may you rest in peace love you always and will never forget you, I remember my first time too the movies and you took me Tasha Natoya and Starlett to see Annie I will never forget it, you would love the remake"

This tribute was added by Laureen Sabella on 11th April 2015

"I have to go roller skating for Janet!"

This tribute was added by joyce mcdonald on 10th April 2015

"Janet we miss you so much.  I can't believe   April 11 th makes 7 years"

This tribute was added by Laureen Sabella on 9th October 2014

"I still after more than 7 years have reminders of my email friend.  I have reminders that she is not gone.  My old computer crashed and my written communication is gone, but I still feel that Janet is too strong a presence to really be gone.  Wish we could still see, hear, and read new books of hers, though.  She is extraordinary and I can't believe I was so fortunate to be her friend."

This tribute was added by Sheila Cox on 10th August 2014

"Janet your spirit lives on ! You have and will influence ,and encourage many individuals that have  come in the world . I find myself sometimes reading the postcards and letters you sent me and Mom ! Your LOVE lives in those who knew you."

This tribute was added by April Sneed on 10th August 2014

"May Janet forever rest in peace."

This tribute was added by JAMES SANFORD on 10th August 2014

"Janet and I were more like brother and sister then just friends. Long conversations sitting on the bench behind 191. I was completely devastated upon hearing of her passing. She will always be in my heart. She will be missed dearly. RIP my sister, Love You ALWAYS"

This tribute was added by Jane Lang on 5th August 2014

"I find myself unsure of how to start. In April 2014 I heard a previously recorded interview with Janet on NPR. Her perspective on living in Paris was interesting, and her honesty, intelligence, and humor drew me in. It wasn't til the end of the program that they said she had died in 2007. I was shocked. Here was someone I'd heard only briefly, and wanted more of, silenced now except through the legacy of her books.   I bought and read Project Girl. Now finished, I have such mixed feelings-compassion, anger, sadness, gratitude... with no closure. Her brutal honesty both touched and disturbed me, which is what good writers do! I'm a high school teacher, and many of my students struggle between the same worlds of their upbringing and their ambition. I will share Janet's words with them. Those of you who knew her were given a gift, through all the good, the bad, and the ugly. I send my belated sympathy. I wish I could thank this total stranger who has deeply touched my life and given me much to think about."

This tribute was added by Ellen Cates on 12th August 2013

"Our many chats while sitting on the housing benches when we were children inspired me to dream, believe and achieve -
Your dreams came to fruition and built honorable memories. I thank God for your spirit which has been indelibly placed in all of us who came from those humble beginnings. We honor you in dreaming & achieving! Love always..."

This tribute was added by Deb Jackson on 10th August 2013

"Never Forgotten. You are always with us!"

This tribute was added by makeeba page on 11th April 2013

"Oh and I am the first and oldest checker girl Taheesha, Natoya,Starlett lol I love you and miss you so much auntie Janet, I now you and Obama would have been great friends. RIP"

This tribute was added by makeeba page on 11th April 2013

"I remember the morning my mom called and said aunt Janet had passed my baby girl was one month her name is Kayla Janet-Ann Page. My heart is still heavy as the tears roll down my face I remember all the laughs and jokes we had had together . We always was and still is a strong family, I sure miss those days when she came to town that was the only time we had my grandma flo's apple pie lol"

This tribute was added by Freedia Jeans on 12th September 2012

"Janet, you are sorely missed (Like Crazy I still miss you). What a privilege it was to know you…though for a short spell you were allowed to grace my life. I thank God for the special talks we had. I still recall them, and I smile with a bit of rain mixed in between those memories. Rest on and I pray God has you safely in his His arms."

This tribute was added by Joyce McDonald on 17th August 2009

"I light on behalf of your great nieces and nephews Your ligth continue to shine in our memories."

This tribute was added by Deb Jackson on 10th August 2009

"You light will always shine brightly. Our lives together will always be forever remembered!  I miss you deeply. With my deepest love ~ Your Sister Deb McDonald Jackson"

This tribute was added by Martha Sea on 10th August 2009

"Your spirit lives on in the world where you left your footprints, and in our hearts where we try to soothe the painful space with your bright memories. Nam myoho renge kyo peace&blessings"

This tribute was added by Joyce McDonald on 10th August 2009

"I light this candle in memory of my beautiful daughter Janet McDonald.I will always love you. You will always live in my heart forever.Love Your Mother Florence McDonald"

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