Joseph J. Pinto, 89, died in Safety Harbor, FL, on Mon., Sept.17, 2018. Born Sept. 9, 1929, in NY, NY, he was the son of Philip and Bridget Pinto. Joseph lived in Slingerlands, NY, and Albany, NY, and had a long career as a carpenter until retiring in 2007. Joseph (aka “Old Joe”) played full court basketball with the Colonie Seniors Basketball League during his 60's and 70's and sought pickup games on the courts in local parks, often trouncing young players unsuspecting of his “hot dog” shots. Joseph served his country honorably during the Korean War as an active-duty Air National Guardsman. He died of complications of Parkinson’s Disease and Pneumonia.
Survivors include his children, Patricia Deininger (Mick), Oldsmar, FL, Carolyn Guin (Tim Sepulvado), Elmer, LA, John Miller (Tricia), Geneva, NY, Ann Cole, Newark, NY and Keith Pinto who predeceased him. He had three sisters, Phyllis Amendola (John), Bethpage, NY, Lillian DeLaurentis (Frank), Columbia, CT, and Maria Colligan, Green Village, NJ. Joseph had two grandchildren, Jennifer Guin and Jacob Grzanowicz (Mayo), and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his wife, Ethyln Pinto, daughter, Ellen Grzanowicz and his grandson, Daniel Konczeski.
Services will be held at the Oldsmar, FL, Veterans Memorial Park, then at an undetermined date, a family celebration of Joseph's life in Troy, NY. Friends will be cordially invited. Memorial contributions are welcome at Parkinson's Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018, and online at www.parkinson.org--phone 800-473-4636.
Now, the Metropolitan Nash Convertible, circa. 1960, has an interesting story. Mom and Dad split when I was eight, and Dad calculated a low-cost way to move her furniture to Louisiana, where she was born. He bought the Metropolitan Nash and a big box truck, drove the Nash inside the truck and packed all the furniture around the Nash. Dad was no respecter of convention, but rather an inventive problem-solver, always thinking outside of the "box."
In the name of Jesus, all powerful and all compassionate--Amen.