Anthony “Tony” Mitchel Pinto passed from this world into the next on March 5th 2023, after a courageous and extensive battle against esophageal cancer. In his typical feisty fashion, he overcame a prognosis in January 2020 of only weeks to live, surviving more than three additional years.
Tony was born on September 28, 1940 to Clara Pinto née Grimaldi and Natalie Pinto. He was the oldest of three. His sister Frances arrived shortly thereafter and seven years later, his brother Lawrence arrived. Anthony adored his siblings. He grew up with and regarded his cousins Fred Grimaldi Jr. and Ray Grimaldi more as brothers than cousins.
He was reared in Utica NY in what he described as a close knit community. He graduated from Utica Proctor High and attended Utica College, after which he enlisted in the US Air Force. After his time of service, he went to work for Western Union, where he skyrocketed his career to be the youngest area manager (equivalent to a Vice President ) in Western Union history. He later worked at Savin Corp and Sun Electric, achieving record sales and subsequent awards.
After his time in the Air Force, he married Kathleen Halford née Grossi and they were married for 12 years. They lived in upstate New York, Cherry Hill New Jersey and Dallas Texas, and produced three beautiful children, a daughter Michelle Lynn, a daughter Melissa Laurel and his name sake, Anthony Jr.
He later married Petra Hartmann to whom he was married 39 years. They resided in Dallas Texas, St. Louis Missouri, Crystal Lake Illinois and Salt Lake City Utah. Together they had three more beautiful children, a son Alexander Michael, a daughter Marlies Liza and a son Adam Marcus. Anthony loved all his children fiercely!
Anthony was an excellent cook. He loved to teach friends and family his old family recipes of homemade sausage, tomato sauces and his most famous meatballs. He was never happier than when feeding those he loved!
Most recently he met and married the love of his life, Maria Pinto née Puddle, who loved and cared deeply for him and ushered him from this mortal world. He greatly enjoyed his life with Maria and many dear friends in Roswell, Georgia.
He leaves behind his wife Maria Pinto, children Anthony Mitchel Pinto Jr., Melissa Laurel Hoover (Mart), Alexander Michael Pinto ( Amy Beth), Marlies Liza Pinto, Adam Marcus Pinto (Hyrum Schenk), stepchildren Benjamin James Puddle and Victoria Issabella Puddle, his beloved grandchildren Mitchel Anthony Smith, Sydney Michelle Smith, Isabelle Rose Smith, London Lifschultz, Anthony Pinto lll, Mallie Jay Pinto, and Adrienne Rose Pinto. He also leaves his niece Lauren Pinto and nephew Alfonso John Pinto (Ashley) along with several great nieces and nephews and many beloved cousins.
He is predeceased by his parents Natalie and Clara Pinto, Uncle Joseph Pinto, Aunt Rita and Uncle Fred Grimaldi, Aunt Delores and Uncle Victor Grimaldi, Cousin Fred Grimaldi Jr., Brother Lawrence Pinto and his beloved Daughter Michelle Lynn Pinto, who most certainly was the first to greet him in heaven with wide open arms.
The celebration of Anthony Pinto’s life will be held on the Peachtree Church campus on Monday March 13, 2023 at 2pm at Kellet Chapel (the smaller free standing chapel just north of the large sanctuary), located at 3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305 tel: 404-842-5800. All are welcome to this celebration of a life well lived by a man well loved!
My my good friend and sporting partner i will miss you. RIP. Tony loved all his family. And has spoken to me constantly about how proud of a parent he was
Tony, my heart is so heavy but have all the fun filled memories of the times we all shared together to think back on. R.I.P. dear friend and know we will all meet again one day and continue the journey! 🌹❤️🌹
Tony, you always made me feel so special every time I visited. You always made your delicious meatballs and had a dinner party for me. I enjoyed all our times and appreciated you cooking every time I came into Roswell. You were giving and loving and a good friend to all who loved you ❤️. You will be missed always.
What a positive and inspirational friend. We shall miss him dearly. He always started our conversation with “We’re still here!” We were each other’s cancer supporter…..Tony with given “weeks to live” and me with stage 4. Two and a half or so years later, we were both improving and hanging in there. We shall always treasure our week together at a condo in Fort Walton, Florida—what fun we had! He could hardly walk when he first got there but by mid week, he had a spring in his step–sea air and laughter are great healers. We both loved sea scallops and lamb chops which brought back those evening meal memories. We had many years of great times for which we will treasure. Gay & Steve
Maria my heart is with you and your family. Tony was such a great person and always full of life and loved people.
He will be missed by his friends and family.
Tony you were my “big brother” and dear friend to be counted on. So many rich memories from concerts, to birthdays and weddings, even to the Dock Diving Circuit where you always were a big part of our team. You will be missed by many and remembered by all who had their lives enriched just by knowing you.
Love you~ Paula
Dear Pinto Family,
Kelly and I want to express our sincere condolences to you all. We are saddened to hear about Tony passing, our hearts are broken for you.
We will be forever grateful to Tony for being there for us and our kids. He mentored our kids, and engaged them in meaningful conversations. He was helpful in so many ways, from making delicious dinners for us,helping our kids with flat tires, entertaining us with his stories and edgy wit, We could always count on him for some fun.
We will cherish our thousands of memories, vacations, from NYC, Puerto Vallarta and Paris we always had a blast. In The City, he took all of us to Anthony’s on Mulberry! There were many dinner parties, game nights, weddings, births and more. Tony was a shining star and could do/will anything he put his mind to. I especially enjoyed when he would use his psychic powers, and pendulum predicting the gender of unborn babies!
Tony made a positive difference in our lives and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace sweet friend.
Rondi and Kelly
Dear Maria and all of the Pinto family, our prayers are with you in this challenging time. Love from the Lawler Family (Faithmates Sunday School class)