The Reverend Robert Pinto

The Reverend Robert Pinto


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Robert Pinto, 86, who died on Friday, November 22, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Robert (Bob) 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 six years with the National Guard, 71st Infantry. Bob spent nearly a decade in New York City government under Mayor John Lindsay, routinely serving 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. Among the churches Rev. Pinto served in the New York Conference were: Wurtsboro, Mamakating and Rock Hill. He pastored Rock Hill UMC from 1981 until his retirement in 1999. In retirement he served Hurleyville and Woodridge UMCs.

Bob never stopped ministering and continued to lead weekly Bible studies at Bethany Village, the senior community where he lived. He baptized babies, renewed wedding vows, occasionally conducted Sunday services, and provided counseling and consolation to fellow residents and staff members.

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 his daughter, Barbara Pinto (Andrew Heitner); his son, Steven Pinto (Paige); and his stepdaughters, Bonnie Lee Medieros (Jordan), Andrea Long Fuller (Alan), and Darlene Polchowski-Long (Yolanda). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Alexandra, Olivia and Steven Pinto, Jr.; Ashley Pihl; Brittney Kolis (Jonathan); Kristen Dickerman (Matthew); Brian Medieros; and Riley, Phoebe and Nadia Polchowski.-Long; as well as by 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.

It should be noted that Pastor Bob was a man of deep faith who loved Jesus, his family and the New York Yankees. The family is incredibly thankful to the staff of Bethany Village who cared for their father and gave him purpose, community and comfort.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello, NY. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Rock Hill UMC, 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.

Donations in Robert Pinto's memory can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart at