NORTH SHORE (KDKA) — After three decades, that unmistakable voice of the lemonade guy will no longer echo through the crowds at PNC Park.
The Pirates had a moment of silence for vendor Kenny Geidel before tonight’s game against the Dodgers.
Pittsburgh fans from all sporting events will forever cherish the fond memories of 64-year-old Geidel who passed away Monday. Rain or shine, Kenny’s famous vending calls could be heard up and down the aisles.
” ‘Lemondade here! Lemonade here!’ I remember Kenny from Three Rivers Stadium when I was a vendor,” Gary Dibert, a Pirates fan, said.
“I remember Kenny yell… going up down the stands yelling that voice,” Rodney Colvin, of Marienville, said. “I’ll never forget his voice. One thing is that voice. It’s a part of the Pirates to me.”
Aramark Vending Services released this statement:
“Kenny’s love for entertaining garnered him a large following of loyal fans and customers and his enthusiasm, energy and passion were an important part of Pittsburgh’s sporting events experience,” Steve Musciano, Aramark GM, PNC Park, said in a statement.
And it’s that enthusiastic work ethic over the years that truly endeared him to fans.
“He was probably more into the game than anybody else here,” Dan McLane, of Sewickley, said. “He definitely showed his enthusiasm for the team and the game so.”
“He went out of his way to help you,” Dibert added. “He was always … and if he ran out of stuff he would always say, ‘I’ll be right back’ and he always came right back!”