Merino Bruno Fiou |

Merino Bruno Fiou

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Merino Bruno Fiou, AKA “Mr. Basalt”, was born July 29, 1940 in Glenwood Springs and died March 6, 2011 at Valley View Hospital.

A constant staple of the Town of Basalt, Merino was always on the search for a treasure that few of us cherished. He had a love of hats and was always seen wearing a different one. He walked many miles each day back and forth into town.

Many local merchants of different stores knew him by name. Merino was very proud of his money jar that he accumulated by turning in his aluminum cans that he collected. Merino had many jobs throughout the years including trash pickup and working at Two Rivers Cafe washing dishes. He liked to help out wherever needed, even volunteering when they built the playground. Merino was very fond of River Days and loved to listen to the music in town. With a constant smile on his face, he was very friendly and never knew a stranger. Merino loved the annual yard sale at his house, looked forward to sifting through all the stuff, he found a treasure in things that other people threw out.

Merino was preceded in death by his father, Joe Fiou; his mother, Gisella Fiou; and his brother, Leno Fiou.

He is survived by his sister, Nina McNeel (Jack) of New Castle; brother Joe Fiou (Dixie) of New Castle; sister Alice Stott (Lonnie) of Basalt; and sister Linda Jadwin (Wayne) of Missouri. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His large supportive family will greatly miss him and loved him very much.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 10 at Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs at 1 p.m. He will be buried next to his brother, Leno, in Basalt.

The family would like to give special thanks to the Town of Basalt and many others for their well wishes and the great compassion that they showed Merino throughout the years. There will be an empty space in Basalt, but we know that he will be collecting cans in heaven.