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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 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.

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