A Center City icon leaves a bittersweet legacy.
Stranix goes on to explain that in 1986 he was in a serious car accident that left him wheelchair-bound for a time. Still unable to work, he says he finds the emotional going rough sometimes. He met Roy about two years ago and began a ritual of stopping by once a week.
"We talked about everything," Stranix says. "He'd tell jokes to pick me up. He made me feel good about myself. When I got ready to leave, he always said, 'Tom, it's always a pleasure to see you.' One day he said that and I thought, 'Wow, I have a really good friend here.' I already miss him terribly."
Stranix has a lot of company.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief. A memorial service will be held Fri., Sept. 30, 4-8pm. Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq.