Bruce Allen Brazo Jr., 57

Bruce Allen Brazo Jr. died in his sleep at his longtime home in Wilton, on March 24, 2014. He was 57 years old.

Mr. Brazo was born in Norwalk Hospital and lived in Wilton for most of his life where he worked for many years as a house builder and fine woodworker. He loved being with people and could be found most days discussing a wide range of topics with his good friends at the Village Luncheonette in Wilton Center.

Self-educated on a wide array of subjects, he was an avid collector and skilled restorer of antique trains and related accessories and continued adding to a collection of early American items started by his father, Bruce Allen Brazo Sr., who died in 1985.

In recent years Mr. Brazo could be found strolling through area flea markets, haunting diners, drinking coffee and chatting comfortably with people of all types. At his core, Mr. Brazo was the gentlest of souls who felt great compassion for others, his family said. His failing health in his final years was a frustration to him as it restricted his ability to connect with friends and family.

Mr. Brazo is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Erika S. Chamberlain; his mother, Leila G. Walton; his siblings, Melody Brazo, Aimee Hodges, Shawn Brazo and Leila Stepankiw; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

“He was loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him,” his family said.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held at The Red Barn (upstairs) in Westport, Conn. on Saturday March 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.