Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Anthony LeRoy Winblad (1912-1970) who was born in Cuba

Anthony LeRoy Winblad (1912-1970) aka Roy Winblad; Waiter (b. September 09, 1912, Santa Bárbara, Isle of Pines, Cuba - d. September 25, 1970, 1812 Hoyt Avenue, Long Island City, Queens County, New York City, Long Island, New York, USA) Social Security Number 089037336.

Roy was born in 1912 near Santa Barbara on the Isle of Pines, Cuba to Anton Julius Winblad II (1886-1975) aka Anthony Winblad; and Eva Ariel Lattin (1892-1939).

His siblings were: Norman Edward Winblad (1911-1980) who married Eleanor Frieda Vogsberger (1911-1975); and Earl Vincent Winblad (1916-2004) who married June Amanda Salisbury (1912-2003) aka Hilda Salisbury.

Isle of Pines:
His parents and grandparents had bought a plantation in Cuba around 1910 and speculated that the Isle of Pines might become a state in the United States. The family returned from Cuba in 1914 after Anton's father and mother died on a trip to Farsund, Norway.

Bronx, New York:
In 1920 the family was living at 163 East 144th Street in the Bronx and Roy appears in the census under the name "Anthony L. Winblade". In 1930 the family was living at 422 Mott Avenue in the Bronx, and Anton was working in a plumbing supply store.

Roy married Ann Maria W. Zorovich (1912-1993) on July 08, 1934 at the First Methodist and Episcopalian Church in Astoria, Queens. Ann had been married before and Roy was working at a restaurant. He was living at 390 Grand Concourse in the Bronx at the time of his marriage. Their Bronx marriage certificate was number "2854".

He died in 1970 while living at 1812 Hoyt Avenue, Long Island City and was buried in Powell Cemetery in Farmingdale on Long Island.

Memories of Roy Winblad:
Earl Vincent Winblad (1916-2004) said on March 03, 1999:
He divorced his wife, they lived in Astoria in New York. Roy's girlfriend noticed him missing so she called up Roy Jr. and he kicked down the door. Roy was already dead for a while. We went to his funeral. His wife, Ann raised the kids Catholic. He worked for the union as a representative. He started drinking after the divorce. Let's just say he just drank too much. Ann's parents were from Europe. He worked for Horn and Hardarts in New York, he got me a job there, I got fired for dropping a whole tray of dishes when I stooped to pick up a fork. A lady got up from her seat and knocked the tray over.
Selma Louise Freudenberg (1921- ) said in 1998:
Roy and Norman had trouble showing citizenship because they were born in Cuba. Roy may have worked in construction because he brought me wire to put up a dropped ceiling in my garage. He also worked as a waiter and would bring a big pot of clam chowder to me every once in a while. He worked and lived in Hillsdale, New Jersey. He was dead 3 days before they found the body. He never remarried after his divorce from Ann. Ann had run off with her boss. I'm pretty sure Roy went to college. I asked [Roy] to stay with me when he was having [a difficult time]. Ann had a baby with her boss and it died at birth."

Some family members have said the baby lived and was adopted.