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‘Wear it with pride’: Family pays tribute to late father by leaving Griz hats around Bigfork

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 18:06:12-04

BIGFORK – If you are in Bigfork, be on the lookout for Montana Grizzly hats.

A family, determined to keep their dad’s legacy alive, placed them throughout the town.

Susie Collins Hassel pictured with her mother and brother where they placed one of the Griz hats.
(Photo credit: Susie Collins Hassel)

In the hats is a note written by Susie Collins Hassel and her family.

It reads:

“To the finder of this hat, this hat is not lost. It belonged to my dad, Clint, who we lost this past November. He was born and raised in Bigfork and loved this town! In fact, he met my mom at the Bigfork Inn 58 years ago and the rest is history.

He was a huge Montana Grizzly fan and had many Griz hats.”

The note continues with instructions:

“As a tribute to him, we are leaving them around town. So if you are a fan, keep the hat and wear it with pride. If you are not, please give it to someone who is so they can enjoy it.”

The note concludes:

“My dad always signed off our messages, ‘Go Griz’ so I will do the same. GO GRIZ and thank you for carrying on his love of the GRIZ! #CLINTCOLLINS”

The story has been shared thousands of times because of one post. Elly Woll and her husband, Steven Woll, were driving through Bigfork and found the hat.

Elly Woll posted to Facebook saying, “Who better to have found the hat than my husband, a loyal Griz fan and alumni. As he read the note attached, we both got teary eyed.”

-Elizabeth Transue reporting for MTN News