January 26th, 2017

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Fernand Legros (January 26, 1931 – April 7, 1983)

Fernand Legros was an art dealer who, together with his lover Real Lessard, sold the art forgeries of Elmyr de Hory.
Born: January 26, 1931, Ismailia, Egypt
Died: April 7, 1983, Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, France
Buried: Chassenuil-sur-Bonnieure, Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, Departement de la Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France

Fernand Legros was an art dealer who, together with his lover Real Lessard, sold the art forgeries of Elmyr de Hory. In the 50s, Legros and de Hory traveled all over the US and sold De Hory's paintings to galleries. Legros kept most of the profits without telling De Hory. Legros also befriended French-Canadian Real Lessard and they began an uneven relationship. Legros occasionally accused Lessard of infidelity, although he himself slept with other men. Sometimes Legros crossed the US border and when the customs checked his luggage, he said that the paintings were just copies. US customs officials contacted art experts to verify it. The experts decided the paintings were actually genuine and Legros be liable for a toll. Later Legros used the US customs documents to verify the authenticity of the paintings. In 1964, figures in the art market became suspicious and police begun to close in. Legros and Lessard moved to Zurich and sent de Hory to Australia for a year and then to Ibiza. Later Legros moved to Ibiza and evicted de Hory. Shortly afterwards police apprehended Legros and Lessard, charged them with forgery and fraud. The men were given prison sentences.
Together from (before) 1955 to 1983: 28 years.
Fernand Legros (January 26, 1931 – April 7, 1983)
Real Lessard (born November 15, 1939)



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At Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure (in the Charente department in Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes) is buried Fernand Legros (January 26, 1931-April 6, 1983), art dealer who, together with his lover Real Lessard, sold the art forgeries of Elmyr de Hory.



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Marie V. Gendron aka “Madame” (July 22, 1903 - January 26, 2004)

Buried: Clearwater Municipal Cemetery, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA

Eleonora Sears was an American tennis player of the interwar period. She was also a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports. In 1917, she met actress Eva Le Gallienne while in New York to attend the theater. Then in 1922, while in Paris, she met Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and David Windsor, Prince of Wales and future King of England. Among her friends and lovers were Isabel Pell, Mercedes de Acosta, Isadora Duncan, Alla Nazimova, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of Eleo’s close friends. As Eleo aged, a Frenchwoman, Marie Gendron, often called “Madame”, took her up. She seduced the older woman and then started isolating her from old friends and relatives. Soon Madame and Eleo were living the high life in Palm Beach, with only each other’s company. By 1965, she had Eleo’s power of attorney, and was running the household and stables. Eleo died in 1968 at the age of 86. Her will had donated to six hospitals, all of which she had helped in the past; the rest of her estate was to go to Madame, who tried to cut the hospitals out of the gifts. Madame lost in court and was left with “only” $40 million.
Together from (before) 1965 to 1968: 3 years
Eleonora Randolph Sears (September 28, 1881 – March 16, 1968)
Madame Marie V. Gendron (July 22, 1903 - January 26, 2004)



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Eleanora Randolph Sears (1881-1968), great-great-great granddaughter of President Thomas Jefferson and who pioneered women in professional sports as a champion tennis player, golfer and equestrian, is buried inside the Sears Family Crypt, Walnut Hills Cemetery (96 Grove St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467). In her last years she was living in Florida with Marie V. Gendron (1903-2004), “Madame”. Gendron is buried at Clearwater Municipal Cemetery (1300 S Myrtle Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756).



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William Wynkoop (January 26, 1916 – May 24, 2003)

Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Buried alongside: Roy Strickland
Anniversary: December 19, 1949

Roy Strickland and William M. Wynkoop celebrated at Fedora's on their 43 anniversary, where they happily told a dinner companion how they had fallen in love back in 1950. "I remember December 19, 1949, was a remarkably warm night," said Wynkoop. "It was about 9:15 and I was walking across Washington Square Park. I saw Roy on a bench and sat down next to him." "So you picked me up," said Strickland. "Let's just say we picked each other up," said Wynkoop. "Do you remember what we talked about?" "No, I just remember how handsome you looked," said Strickland. William, a retired professor, worried for Roy, since they were not legally married and he could not pass him his retirement. They both died in 2003, 2 months apart, William 87 and Roy 85, after living together for more than 53 years. They are buried together at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, New Jersey.
Together from 1949 to 2003: 54 years.
P. Roy Strickland (April 30, 1918 – July 28, 2003)
William M. Wynkoop (January 26, 1916 – May 24, 2003)
Anniversary: December 19, 1949



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In 1952, responding to slow business, a letter went out to several hundred gay men. As a result, Fedora's (239 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014) became a popular gay restaurant, and is now New York city's oldest continuously operating restaurant with a large gay clientele. In the 2000s, it was transformed from a bar to a supper club. William M. Wynkoop (1916–2003) and Roy Strickland (1918–2003) celebrated at Fedora's on their 43rd anniversary on December 19, 1992, where they happily told a dinner companion how they had found each other, fallen in love and stayed together. "I remember December 19, 1949, was a remarkably warm night," said Wynkoop, at the time a 76-year-old retired professor of English literature. "It was about 9:15 and I was walking across Washington Square Park. I saw Roy on a bench and sat down next to him." "So you picked me up," said the at the time 74-year-old Strickland, who was retired from the flower store where he worked after having prepared displays for several department stores. "Let's just say we picked each other up," said Wynkoop. "Do you remember what we talked about?" "No, I just remember how handsome you looked," said Strickland.



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At Greenwood Cemetery (707 Schoolhouse Rd, Brielle, NJ 08730) are buried Roy Strickland (1918-2003) and William Wynkoop (1916-2003): they both died in 2003, 2 months apart, William 87 and Roy 85, after living together for more than 53 years. Moreover also Gordon Merrick (1916–1988), author best-known for his “The Lord Won't Mind” trilogy, is buried here.



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