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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



Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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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.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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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.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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