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UPDATED: Niece Reports the Death of 'Joe the Ice Cream Man'

Kim Krycerick Herman said her uncle, Joe Villardi of Pelham passed away at 1 a.m.

White Plains has lost a legend: Joe Villardi, the city's beloved Good Humor Man.

According to the "We Love Joe the Good Humor Man" Facebook page—Kim Krycerick Herman, who says she is Villardi's niece, announced around 2:30 p.m. Monday that her uncle passed away at 1 a.m. A phone number for Villardi was not accepting phone calls Monday afternoon.

"IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS AND A BROKEN HEART THAT I HAVE TO INFORM YOU THAT UNCLE JOE PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING AT 1 AM. PLEASE KEEP HIM IN YOUR PRAYERS... HIS BROTHER TONY ASKED ME TO LET YOU ALL KNOW... THANK YOU, HIS LOVING NIECE KIM :(" - read the Facebook page.

A White Plains Patch reader also sent an email to the editor advising of Villardi's passing.

City residents had a scare in March where rumors of the Good Humor man's passing started on the social networking site, however, when White Plains Patch contacted Villardi's home it was him who answered the phone.

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Villardi—a Pelham resident known as " who claimed to be stuck at age 39—had served ice cream to generations of children for 66 years. Facebook user Aimee DeCelle Lepe said on May 11 that Villardi was having asthma trouble, but would be back on his route soon.

A picture of the White Plains icon and one of his many fans was posted June 1 and said that Villardi—famous for asking, “What’ll ya have honey?”—was back on his route.

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David S June 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM
This August would have been 50 years our family had been having Joe stop at our home. We were his last stop for the day on his way in for the night. As a kid my brother and I would go fishing with Joe. Joe had even parked his truck to join us for an occasional family dinner. I'm sorry my grandson never got to have an ice cream from Uncle Joe. We will all miss him. Much love to his family.
GREENBURGH ..NY June 12, 2012 at 02:05 AM
We all loved joe!!!!sip joe you will definitely be missed no one could ever take your place. ....my condolence to his family &freinds & his loved ones you will be missed....
chris June 12, 2012 at 02:27 AM
i guess GOD finally wanted some good ice cream...........REST IN PEACE JOE!!!!
Dina Sciortino June 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, and thanks Chris—it makes me feel better thinking about it that way. God Bless Joe and his family <3
Anthony Crawford June 12, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Wow - a loss of a true legend that put smiles on kids faces. Hook up God with a King Kone. RIP
derrick June 12, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Missing you Joe. I always remember seeing GH Joe on the side of the truck. Wonder what it meant...
Madge Anderson June 12, 2012 at 03:20 AM
YOU WILL TRULY MISSED RIP JOE!!!!! I AM SO GLAD THAT MY CHILDREN GOT TO MEET YOU AND GET SERVED ICE CREAM!!!!! YOU WERE THE BEST ICE CREAM MAN IN THE WORLD NOBODY WILL REPLACE YOU!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!!
S.Stein of New York June 12, 2012 at 08:15 AM
What a terrible loss for all of us who live in the community
Tasha Pine June 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM
I saw Joe Sunday and he asked me to pray for him... I believe he knew that would be his last day doing what he loved doing for decades... Serving great ice cream with a smile and a whole lot of love ;) My mom, aunt, daughter and of course myself will miss him dearly! God has brought a great man home to rest.
Victoria Hart Glavin June 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Joe's family!
Phil O'Keefe June 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Rest in peace Joe, if anyone deserves to it's you! Thanks for the free ice cream one day each summer at the North Lexington Ave. playground in the 1950's!
Cynthia Blair June 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
@ Derrick.... it meant "Good Humor Joe". Back during in the day there was a popular doll for boys known as "GI Joe", so Joe was letting everyone know that he was "JH Joe".
Cynthia Blair June 12, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Looking forward to seeing Joe again (John 5:28,29) and serving "HIM" some ice cream. Joe was the most famous person to EVER ride thru my neighborhood and there will NEVER be another. No one else could be as giving, loving, insightful nor be as committed to the town as Joe was. I think we need a commissioned statute of Joe right where Main St and Mamaroneck Ave meet.... spread the word!
Bill Wilson June 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I'm very sad to hear this Joe is in a lot of my childhood memories he was on my street everyday in the summer on Battle Hill he would give our dog Susie vanilla dixie cups. I was very happy to share some of those memories in an article Patch did last year on Joe and was hoping to see him and his white truck when i visited this summer. Rest well Joe it's well deserved. The Lord has the best ice cream man he could ever have up there.
Vince June 12, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Joe was the best ice cream man I knew. He came by my street every day and he knew all of us. Even as we all grew up he never forgot us. He used to come by my job too for a promotion for enterprise rent a car. We used to work on his truck too. He was a good man. Rest in peace Joe.
Phyllis W. June 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
RIP Joe. I feel fortunate to have known you since a small child & knowing my child grew up knowing you also. I'm sure most people 60 & under all have very fond memories of you. My condolences to the family & friends of this very special man. God bless you all.
Gail Stamler June 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Joe the icecream man was around when my parents were kids. I remember my mother telling me that her favorite ice cream was orange creamsicle. We would all run out of the house as soon as we heard Joe ring his bell. We will miss you. Gail S.
MC June 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Our prayers are with the family. He was a good man. I remember buying ice cream when we came to the states 32 years ago. We bought ice cream from him just Friday and Saturday. Joe "the ice cream man", you will be missed big time.
Dubbie Sheketovits June 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I knew Joe since the early 1960s. A cool dude. RIP man!
fiorella June 13, 2012 at 01:08 AM
We will miss you Joe! Too bad my youngest daughter who is one year old won't be able to run outside to get ice cream from you... Hugs and kisses
Antoinette H. June 13, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Joe will truly be missed. Joe was our ice cream man since the early 70's when I was living on Fisher Ave. We heard him when he would stop on Ridgeview and turn on Fisher. He was the guy that would give my mom credit for us till Friday. Who else would do that for strange children. Only Joe!! I wish my grand kids could have met him. There will never be another ice cream man like Joe in the history of White Plains, NY!!!!
Anthony June 13, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I was fortunate enough to move back to the neighborhood where my wife grew up and my children got to meet him. Although he was very timely with his arrival, panic still set in from the moment my children heard the bell in the distance to when he actually got there. Sometimes they would run to wait for him by the curb, barefoot, so not to miss him. My children also learned how to wait their turn, say please (the magic word), and thank you. Isnt that the basics when you think about it? The question now is what museum will display his iconic truck?
Denise O. M. Serra June 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Denise Serra Just found out about Joe this morning on News12, I'm shocked, saddened and am not looking forward to telling my daughter when she wakes up. Joe has been serving ice cream to our family for close to 7 years, was featured by a Journal News reporter the week before and made time to be our ice cream vendor at the Gedney annual picnic. This past Saturday he spoke about how he couldn't imagine retiring, how the reporter was going to comeback to take pictures of the dog up the street who always came out for ice cream and how that day made him realize he'll be remembered when he passes. It also weird that on Monday, my daughter talked about how Joe's smile seemed sad on Saturday and I told her maybe he was just tired that day. My daughter also mentioned on Monday that there were 3 things she would miss if they weren't around. Honestly the only one I remembered was that she would really miss Joe. Our hearts go out to Joe's family. He will be sorely missed.
Paula June 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
RIP to Joe. Heaven just got a little better for all the angels.
regina manuel June 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
"Joe" will definitely be missed... I was a child when he use to come to Greenburgh Housing Authority and serve ice cream. Then I had children and he still came around serving his ice cream... He served our community with a warm and generous heart, always wearing a smile that time will never erase... R.I.P ~Regina Forte-Manuel
wendy ever thomas June 13, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Joe was the best.....He was there for the Hood and even gave credit to those who needed it! Joe knew he was a honorary Brother from another mother! I remember living in California and seeing him on the Food Network I screamed " Thats my Ice Cream Guy! I was so proud of him! you will be truely missed!
jonathanperry June 14, 2012 at 07:52 PM
i work at greenburgh town hall we all will miss you joe god bless you joe and family
Laurie ewi September 08, 2012 at 04:21 AM
His kindness and amazing nature will never be forgotten by generations of kids and adults alike - we were blessed to have him in our lives and neighborhoods - xoxo

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