Ernest Fognani born January 29, 1960, in Pueblo, Colorado, resided in Trinidad, Colorado, and passed away August 3, 2007, in Pueblo, following a brief battle with cancer. Preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Agnes Fognani. Survived by lifetime partner, Joe Cordova of Trinidad; brother, Arthur (Jan) Fognani; sisters, Clara Fognani and Nancy (Frank) Cirullo, all of Pueblo; nieces and nephews, Heather (Shon) Washburn, Sean Roberts, Anjanette Cirullo, Nick Cirullo, Danyella Fognani and A. J. Fognani; great-nieces and great-nephews, numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, special friends and extended family of Cordovas, Velasquezs, Rinos and Gutierrezs. Ernie was loved by many. His passion was Cuchara, Colorado, where he and partner, Joe, owned the Timbers Restaurant for 15 years and Rinos Restaurant and Gino Sports bar in Trinidad, Colorado, for 5 years. Ernie loved going to Bronco games, Las Vegas and Cripple Creek. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. The family may be contacted at Nancy and Frank Cirullo's home. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. Online condolences,

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  1. Joe & family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You guys were the inspiration behind us doing The Landmark. Every single detail is a tribute to everything the two of you stood for. Including menu items such as the Chicken Fognani, Chicken Cordova and the TImbers Filet. We will continue to pray for you and your family. Please call if there is anything we can do.
    Thinking of you all,
    Stacey & Sharlene

  2. To Ernie’s family and to Joe —

    Ernie, together with you, Joe, was an important part of our enjoyment over the years of summers in Cuchara and not just the wonderful meals you provided for us at the Timbers. He was a warm and genuine individual, like you, and it was a real plus in our lives to know him. Our love and sympathy goes out to you in your loss and to all of Ernie’s family. We’ll miss him as will all our family.

    Beth and Bill Marquardt

  3. Joe,
    Our love and sympathy go out to you in your time of loss. If you need anything please let us know.

  4. We are so sorry about the loss of Ernie. We will keep you in our prayers. If you need anything Joe, Please don’t hesitate to ask….

  5. Dear Joe & Family, Ernie was such a special person to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Such a gentle man with a smile that will always be remembered.
    My Deepest and Heartfelt Condolences. Pamela Kenton

  6. Dear Joe, Please accept our sincerest condolences. It is so very hard to lose a loved one. But, as difficult as it may be, allow your “special” memories of Ernie to bring you comfort in the days ahead. And hold this thought, Joe – Ernie is no longer suffering, but is now safe in God’s memory. Your Friends, Lorraine & Stephanie Reveteriano

  7. Joe,
    Nothing we can say will ease the pain of your loss but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so lucky to have known the great love that you and Ernie shared, if we are able to share a lifetime together as full and beautiful as the two of you, we will consider ourselves lucky.

    If there is anything that we can do for you…be it a shoulder to lean on or a card game to fill the time…please don’t ever hesitate to let us know.

    We Love You,
    Vicki and Tom

  8. Uncle Joe:
    We are sorry for you loss, wishing you our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
    You and Ernie were very special to Wes & I. You were there for me when I went through my battle with cancer. I am so glad that I got to see Ernie for the last time at the oncologists office.
    Ernie was a very warm hearted person and we know how much he meant to you Uncle Joe. We wish you the best and are better people for having the both of you in our lives.

  9. Joe,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ernie was such a sweet person. It won’t be the same at Gino’s without him. I know there’s nothing I can do or say to take the hurt away.
    With Sincere Sympathy,
    Annette Giron

  10. Love you, Joe! My thoughts and prayers are with you! Wish I could be there to just give you a hug and let you know I care!


  11. Joe, you and Ernie were always there for each and every one of us if we needed you. When my mother, Lorraine Ellis, passed away 3 years ago, I honestly don’t know what we would have done without you. You took charge of what needed to be done, and presto! Done! My heart breaks for you, Joe, during this time of your loss. The very thought of you losing the love of your life is unimaginable. You are both so very loved by all who know you. Ernie for his quiet humor, and that SMILE. It lit up the room.
    From my husband, Dave, and me, as well as my father Jim Ellis, we would like to express the deepest sympathy to you Joe, and your family, as well as Ernie’s family. Our good thoughts, and fond memories of the years in Cuchara at the Timbers will forever be in our hearts, becoming of course, a legend.
    Joe, you own the hearts of hundreds of people. Please let us help you this time. We are here for you.
    I wish you peace and hope you know just how much you are loved.

    Warmly, Diana and David Rogers, and Jim Ellis (and my late mom, Lorraine)

  12. I met Ernie more than 25 years ago when I was a busboy at Clayton’s 1890 and he was a waiter. I remember him as very customer-focused and patient. He was an excellent waiter who taught me a lot about food service. I’m glad to see he had the opportunity to run his own restaurants — I’m sure they must be excellent places.

  13. Ernie was such a loving and caring man. We will never forget how generous he was with all the family and how well he took care of Joe. He will be missed by us and everyone who had the opportunity to know him. All our love and prayers to Joe and family.

  14. Joe:
    My deepest sympathy and love go out to you and Ernie’s family. Ernie was a wonderful person and I am honored to have known him. I have many fond memories that will live in my heart forever! My prayers and thoughts are with you now and forever!
    Love ya,

  15. Joe,
    I first met you guys at Baker Creek with Jeff Cook so many years ago. I always admired you and Ernie and your dedication to family and commitment to each other. Ernie is missed.
    Peace and love,

  16. I’ve always loved Joe and Ernie. I had so much respect for their courage to be who they are. I didn’t know Ernie very well, but he was always a gentleman to me, with emphasis on gentle. I was saddened by his passing. just too young. And my sincere condolescences to Joe, a wonderfu soul.

  17. Hello,

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Ernie’s passing. I appreciated the opportunity that he and Joe afforded me to play piano at the Timbers. May I offer my sincere condolences for your loss.

    Greg Creager

  18. My husband and I worked with Joe and Ernie in Cuchara…they were dear friends and very special people. Ernie was one of a kind. He will meet my husband Jerry up there, I am sure they will share some laughs. Have a good journey Ernie.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Terry and Michael (my son)

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