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Rumors spread earlier this year that “Good Humor Joe” Villardi, who sold ice cream to generations of Westchester kids, had died. “You’re talking to him,” Villardi said he told friends and customers who called to see if the rumors were true.
Early Monday, after making his usual rounds Sunday, Villardi died at age 82. LoHud.com readers are sharing their memories:
So sad. Great man. Brought joy to many of us in the community. I saw Joe on June 2 and we talked about the rumor of his death. He said, “No, I’m still here.” R.I.P Joe. Summers will never be the same.”
— Charlene Raynor
RIP Joe. Thanks for the all memories. There was nothing I looked forward to more than the bell from Joe’s ice cream truck and that same excitement and fondness was passed down and shared by my kids.”
— Indira Bowen
Joe, thanks for all the great licks. You brought much more to White Plains than ice cream. The way in which you bonded with the entire community always amazed me. Your pearls of wisdom will surely be missed. Rest in peace, my friend; you worked so hard for so long. Peace, prayers and blessings from all of us at R.J.T.”
— Ray Tartaglione
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