Faust D. Fiore

December 22, 1921June 12, 2017

Fiore, Faust D., 95, died on June 12, 2017 after a short illness. He was the husband of Muriel “Sis” (Kneen) Fiore, who predeceased him in 2008. He was born in Fall River in 1921 and lived here his entire life. He was the son of Faust Sr. and Louisa (Giordano) Fiore. Faust was predeceased by his sisters, Anna Fiore-Smith of Swansea, and Florence Spalding of South Norwalk and his brother, Dr. Jordan Fiore of Taunton. In 1939, he proudly graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School and then from The New England Conservatory. He served in WWII in the 5th Army Band from 1942-1945 in England, North Africa and Italy. After his honorable discharge, he continued his education and graduated from Boston University. As a student, he played flute and piccolo in the National Youth Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. After graduation, he played in several orchestras around the country and returned to Fall River in 1949 to teach music in the public schools until 1965, when he was appointed Director of Music in the City of Fall River until his retirement in 1984. He received the prestigious Lowell B. Mason award for excellence in teaching by the Music Educator’s National Conference . The Greater Fall River Arts unlimited gave him an award for his contributions to the Arts. In 1998, he was named a Distinguished Durfee Alumna and he proudly displayed his Durfee Memorabilia at annual alumni meetings. Faust proudly served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Greater Fall River Symphony Society for 40 years.

Faust was a member of and served as President of the Musicians Union. We remember him for years walking parade routes with either the BMC Durfee High School or Union marching bands. He played in several area orchestras, bands and chamber groups in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. During his retirement Faust and Muriel owned and operated various antique stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including Hanover Antiques. They became fixtures at area auctions and even made and sold a natural dog lotion, MSL (Max’s Skin Lotion).

He is survived by daughter Jane Fiore-Bigelow, son-in-law Gary and their children Eli and Zachary, all of Fall River; son Faust Fiore and daughter-in-law Tracy and their family, Elle and Lilah of Mattapoisett; daughter Elizabeth Guay and son-in-law Michael and their family Andrew Guay of Waterford, CT and Christopher Guay, daughter-in-law Lauren and their daughter, Marley, of East Hampton CT. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to the BMC Durfee Alumni Association, P. O. Box 9656, Fall River, MA 02720 (Faust and Muriel Fiore Scholarship Fund) or the Greater Fall River Symphony Society, P. O. Box 9034, Fall River, MA 02720.

Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at CHERRY PLACE, 178 Winter Street, Fall River, MA 02720. Burial Private. For tributes and online registration:


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Betty Teixeira

July 7, 2017

To the entire family my deepest sympathies on the passing of a wonderful man,husband,father,grandfather, teacher and friend. His legacy lives on in each of you and all those who knew him as a mentor and friend. He had an amazing journey and was proud of all of you. I wish you peace and comfort in the days a and years ahead.

Orlando Pandolfi

July 4, 2017

Very sorry to hear this. Faust was a good friend and colleague. He played many years as the principal flute in my father's symphonic band. He as always very encouraging to me when I was young. His gruff voice and demeanor couldn't hide his big and generous heart.

Sue Gordon

July 4, 2017

Sorry for your tremendous loss. I know you all have great memories, hang onto them and always know he is always with you. RIP

John Pietruszka

July 4, 2017

To the entire Fiore family I extend my condolences on the loss of an extraordinary human being, gifted artist, and blessing to this community.

Carolyn Goncalo-Coe

July 3, 2017

We lived nearby on Pear St and knew the whole family. Mr. Fiore was always so nice. He worked hard with the marching band at Durfee! I wish I had been able to hear him play!

July 3, 2017

Faust Fiore was truly a Fall River legend. As a little girl, I was always intrigued by his beautiful Italian name. Rest in Peace Mr. Fiore. He brought so much culture to our fair city. He was a man among men.

Susan Capone Maloney
Bristol, RI

Denise Martel Bovie

July 3, 2017

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Fiore's passing. I have many fond memories of playing in the Fall River Symphony under his direction. My sincere condolences to his many family members and friends.

Arnold Cabral

July 3, 2017

My Blessings go out to the Family of Faust D. Fiore

karen galib

July 3, 2017

So sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Fieore will always be remember as a great man and educator.

Charlotte Thomas

July 2, 2017

To Faust's family,

He was a great man, he will be missed by all.

My Sympathy to all family and friends,

Charlotte Thomas