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In Memory of

Francis Anthony Pinto

May 17, 1929 - April 4, 2017

Obituary


Francis Anthony Pinto, age 87 passed away after a valiant fight against the ravishes of diabetes on April 4th, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn Celeste Pinto for 63 years of marriage, blessed by four children, Ronald (Jennifer) Pinto, Theresa Pinto, Randy (Lynne) Pinto and Gregory (Dawn) Pinto. He devoted much of his last years to following the endeavors of his 7 grandchildren: R.J. Pinto, Richard Pinto, Olivia Pinto, Melanie Pinto, Samantha Pinto, Megan Pinto and Malissa Pinto. He is survived by his brother Charles Pinto and many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws and...

Francis Anthony Pinto, age 87 passed away after a valiant fight against the ravishes of diabetes on April 4th, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn Celeste Pinto for 63 years of marriage, blessed by four children, Ronald (Jennifer) Pinto, Theresa Pinto, Randy (Lynne) Pinto and Gregory (Dawn) Pinto. He devoted much of his last years to following the endeavors of his 7 grandchildren: R.J. Pinto, Richard Pinto, Olivia Pinto, Melanie Pinto, Samantha Pinto, Megan Pinto and Malissa Pinto. He is survived by his brother Charles Pinto and many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family who all loved "Frank" dearly. He was preceded in death by his beloved dog and companion, Rusty. Frank was born on 5/17/1929 to Mary Loretta Kelly (Pinto), pure Irish and Francis Pinto , all Italian, in Brooklyn, New York. This Irish/Italian angel soon moved with his family to Detroit where he grew up and attended Denby High School. He lettered in track and had many fond memories of his glory days and lots of stories about his fellow athletes and older brother Charlie who lovingly referred to him as "Tyke" due to his skinny legs. After high school he had several jobs including running a printer, working at Sander's (he loved their chocolate milk and other goodies) and he was finally hired in at Michigan Consolidated Gas Company where he worked until he retired. Frank played softball for many years on the company team and was a great hitter. He later played softball filling in when needed on his kids team pitching and hitting in games up to age 60yo when he finally hung up his cleats. He met the love of his life, Marilyn, at a local dance and not too long later, they married and started their lives together. Frank was in the Naval Reserves and eventually was called into service and served his country dutifully in the Navy, spent time on aircraft carriers and was eventually honorably discharged. Frank and Marilyn started their family together in Roseville, Michigan. Frank bestowed his love of sports to his kids and spent many years coaching and cheering his kids on in baseball, football, basketball, cheerleading and tap dancing (Terri). The family moved to St. Clair Shores in 1967 where he resided in the same home the remainder of his life. Everyone loved Frank. He would always drop whatever he was doing to help anyone in need. Laughter came easily to him and spread to anyone lucky enough to be in his presence. Even during his most trying times in the hospital recently, he would sing to his nurses and tell jokes despite his pain. In these last few years, he could be seen in his wheelchair on the sidelines of many baseball and football games, in the most severe weather - never wanting to miss anything his grandkids were up to (concerts, speeches, etc.). A memorial celebration will be held May 20th at 10:oo am at St. Margaret's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Francis' memory to the American Diabetes Association.