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elevated EXz2k May 30, 1926 – May 29, 2021

elevated EXz2k It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of (John) Michael Pinto.   Michael was the beloved husband of Juliana and devoted father to Maurice (Lorraine).  Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Michael was the eldest son of the late Jacinto and Virginia Lourdes Pinto.  He was the loving brother of late Monica (late Mackie), Martha (late Monty), Felix (Jane), late Ruby (late Raul), Philo (Rosa), late Francis (Flory), and Victor. Michael is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and their families.

elevated EXz2k In Nairobi, Michael was the Bursar at the Medical Training Centre and described it as the best satisfaction in his life.  Upon his retirement at age 50, Michael and Juliana made the decision to move to Canada for their son’s education.  In Canada he continued to work at Philips Electronics which he enjoyed until he stopped at the age of 65 due to health issues. Michael was an avid sportsman and enjoyed playing cricket, field hockey, soccer, badminton, table tennis, bowling and was a well-known tennis player in Goan circles in Nairobi, Kenya.  He continued to play tennis until age 80. 

elevated EXz2k Michael will be remembered for his life of service to the Catholic Church and the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Pickering Council at St. Isaac Jogues Parish and transferred to the Thornhill Council at St. Pascal Baylon Parish in his later years.  He was the Thornhill Council Membership Co-ordinator and took pride in starting and continuing to write the Council newsletter to his final days.  In his late 80s, Michael lost both of his legs below the knee to diabetes.  This did not slow him down or dampen his cheerful spirit.  The family is extremely grateful to the Knights for their friendship and support over the years.  Michael and Juliana had an active social life and made many friends at the Bridge Club and the Seniors Clubs they belonged to.

elevated EXz2k Michael’s life was lived with a deep love for his family, respect for all, determination, and strength. No obstacle was too large for him to overcome. His kindness, generosity and soft-spoken words will be greatly missed by family and friends but cherished in our hearts forever.

elevated EXz2k May his soul Rest in Peace.

elevated EXz2k A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m.  Please click here to View Service 

elevated EXz2k In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada.