Remembering Kenny Of Gold’s

For half a century, Gold’s Delicatessen has been a Westport icon.

And for more than 40 years, it was managed lovingly by Kenny Spigarolo.

He died Tuesday, age 91.

Bill Ryan passed the news to “06880.” He said simply, “Anyone who had Kenny wait on them felt better when they left than when they came in — and not just because of the food.”

Kenny Spigarolo

Kenny Spigarolo

Kenny graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, and attended Kansas State University before proudly serving during World War II. While in the Army he ran the largest PX in Kassell, Germany, where he met and married the love of his life, Hildegard.

After the war he managed his family’s business, Spigarolo’s Market in Bridgeport. Then, for 4 decades at Gold’s, he made his mark on thousands of Westporters.

He was an “original” University of Connecticut women’s basketball fan, and a lifetime member of the Germania Schwaben Club, where he and Hildegard danced and socialized. He earned a special Red Cross award, for donating hundreds of pints of blood.

Calling hours are tomorrow (Friday, May 29), 4-8 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield. His funeral will begin in the funeral home on Saturday at 9:15 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow in St. Thomas Church at 10. His interment with full military honor will take place in Mountain Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homes for the Brave, 655 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604, by donating a pint of blood through a local American Red Cross chapter. To sign his guest register, click here.

13 responses to “Remembering Kenny Of Gold’s

  1. marc bailin

    Every Sunday we’d head to “Uncle Julius'” deli and pick up the lox and bagels. Not a visit passed without Kenny tossing a couple sheets of “shoe leather” in the bag for me and my brother John. What a smile. He loved us kids!

  2. Diane h silfen

    He always put a smile on my face! Such a nice man

  3. Steve MacDonald

    Kenny knew his customers so well. When he saw my mother walk into Gold’s he began readying the lunch meats she ordered weekly. What a gentleman he was, always treated us youngsters like favored customers too!

  4. Vince Cremona

    Several of our kids grew up waking with me to Gold’s Saturday mornings for half a dozen poppy, quarter nova, smear of chive and 2 herrings cut, no cream. Kenny would always hand some pretzel sticks to the girls and say “want a pickle?” No matter how large my order there was always “and what else Vin”. We and most of the family became friends over the years. Fond memories of a fine man.

  5. Kenny was a very special, kind-hearted gentleman whom I knew at Gold’s from so many years ago. He added a personal touch and made everyone feel welcome and was always a credit to the excellent staff at Gold’s. We will miss him dearly. All the best to his family and close friends.

  6. Arlene Avellanet

    Kenny was a lovely, charming, generous man. To me an extra pickle, to my children and grandchildren – pretzels for all. We’ve been in town for 32 years, missed seeing him the last few. God bless.

  7. Gene Seidman

    When I was a boy growing up in Westport, I would go into Golds with my dad on Sat. mornings after going shopping at Food Fair next door. Kenny always gave me a pretzel rod along with a huge smile. I remember the great candies they had just at “kid eye-level” including apricot shoe leather, mint lentils and those fancy Callard & Bowser butterscotch candies wrapped in metallic foil. When I moved back to town years later – Kenny greeted me as if no time had passed and gave me a pretzel rod without missing a beat. It tasted great – his smile was a big as ever and his disposition just as warm.

  8. marc sholes

    He was an icon, he always gave me a pretzel stick, a big smile and always remembered my parents….a very special man.

  9. Adam Schwartz

    Wow! What memories come gushing back! I’m so sorry to hear about Kenny. My mother would take me and my brother to Gold’s almost every Saturday and Kenny would be there holding a Bread Stick in each hand for the two of us! Then as we were walking out, he would always hand a bag to me, I was the oldest, to make sure I was helping my mother carry whatever she purchased out to the car and he would always make sure I saw him stuff a couple more Bread Sticks into the bag, with a wink, before he handed it to me! What a great memory! And on a side note, over the years I wonder how many pennies my brother and I put into the Gum Dispenser that held the front door open on nice days?

  10. Peter Nathan

    FYI:

    Kassel has only one “L”.

    Peter W. Nathan
    70 Terra Nova Circle
    Westport, CT 06880-4749
    Tel: (203) 227-8343
    Fax: (203) 222-8335
    Mobile: (203) 515-1224
    email: peter@nathanct.com

  11. Barbara Katz

    What a warm, genuine, caring and friendly person Kenny was. He gave you a big welcome and asked abut family members and took a real interest in your news. He and Julius always gave pretzel sticks to us when my brother and I were growing up in Westport. And he was so kind to my aging parents, as well. We all looked forward to seeing him, when he was there. Sad news; he was truly the nicest guy.

  12. linda pomerantz novis

    Pretzel sticks for myself & my younger sister,Nora…(this seems a
    ‘universal theme’,reading all these great memories,here..)..& Kenny always asked me ‘How’s Mom?’ long after we’d all moved from Weston..he was
    a mensch..

  13. Pretzel sticks and “tastes” that were more than a sliver.