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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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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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