Obituary of Rev. Robert H. Pinto
Rev. Robert Pinto went to his reward on Friday, November 22, 2019. He left this life surrounded by family. He was 86 years old.
Pastor Bob was a man of deep faith who loved Jesus, his family and the New York Yankees.
He was born August 22, 1933 in Brooklyn NY to Madeline Letizia Pinto and Joseph Pinto, the youngest of three children
He lived a long life of service—first in New York City government, and then in ministry as a United Methodist Pastor. He also served 6 years with the National Guard, 71st Infantry.
Bob spent nearly a decade in New York City Government under Mayor John Lindsay, as the Director of Utility Restorations for the Department of Highways, Assistant to the Highway Commissioner dealing with community affairs, and a Deputy Inspector General for the Transportation Administration. During this time, he routinely served as "Night Mayor", assuming overnight responsibility for running the City of New York. During this time, he also became a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church and felt a call to ministry. He studied at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Pastor Bob led numerous churches in New York: New Milford, Edenville, Wurtsboro, Summitville, and Phillipsport. He spent more than 20 years in the pulpit of the Rock Hill United Methodist Church. After retiring, he returned to part-time ministry at the Woodridge and Hurleyville, NY parishes. He also was a State Coordinator for the Freedom Council, encouraging fellow Christians to run for office.
Pastor Bob retired from the Methodist Church but never stopped ministering. He continued to lead weekly Bible studies at Bethany Village, where he lived, baptized babies, renewed wedding vows, occasionally conducted Sunday services, and provided counseling and consolation to fellow residents and staff members.
Some of Bob's happiest moments centered around baseball and his family. He tried out for Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, coached his son Steve's Little League and High School teams, and diligently followed Steve's minor league baseball career He mastered computers and technology, digitally recorded and archived every one of his daughter Barbara's appearances on ABC News, and rarely missed a meal or a Yankees game.
Bob was a devoted and loving husband of 26 years to Patricia Marie Pinto, who died in 1986, and to Bonnie Ecker Pinto, his wife of 17 years, who died in 2013.
He is survived by daughter Barbara Pinto (Andrew Heitner), son Steven Pinto (Paige); step-daughters Bonnie Lee Medieros (Jordan), Andrea Long Fuller (Alan), Darlene Polchowski-Long (Yolanda); Grandchildren: Alexandra, Olivia & Steven Pinto, Jr., Ashley Pihl, Brittney Kolis (Jonathan), Kristen Dickerman (Matthew) Brian Medieros, Riley, Phoebe & Nadia Polchowski-Long and numerous nieces and nephews including Linda Finn (Gary) and Ken Kondratowski (Shirley). Bob was pre-deceased by his brother, Sal Pinto and sister, Theresa Kondratowski.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen Kenny Funeral home, 401 Broadway, Monticello, NY on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 5-8 PM
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM Tuesday, November 26th at Pastor Bob's former parish: the Rock Hill United Methodist Church, 254 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, NY. Rev. Walter Haff, Rev. Chris Yount and Rev. Barbara Snyder will officiate. Interment will follow at the Rock Hill Cemetery, Rock Hill, NY.
The family is incredibly thankful to the staff of Bethany Village who cared for Dad as if he were their own, and gave him purpose, community and comfort.
Donations in Robert Pinto's memory can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart at email@example.comTo plant a tree in memory of Rev. Robert Pinto, please visit Tribute Store
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