OBITUARY

Father Agnelo Casimiro Vital Pinto

November 3, 1944January 9, 2021

Father Agnelo Casimiro Pinto passed away peacefully at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on January 9, 2021 at the age of 76.

Father Pinto was born on Nov. 3,1944 in Gokak Falls, India. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on December 21, 1969, in India. After arriving in Canada in 1979 he resided at St. Boniface Parish, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mission, B.C. was his home from 1983 to app. 1990, where he was the Priest and counsellor for the Mission Institution. Father Pinto then went to Miami to attend University and returned to Winnipeg to work at the prison there. In 1995 he went to St. Vincent’s in New York and worked as a clinical councilor and helped thousands of children and young adults find their way to God and to a more stable life. In January of 2019, he retired and moved back to BC and resided in Abbotsford.

Father Pinto was a man who devoted his life to God and to helping others through his counselling and spiritual guidance. He was highly educated and earned several degrees dealing with the psychological and wellbeing of others. He was fluent in many languages, which he said helped him communicate and strive to help as many people as he could throughout his lifetime. His calm and gentle nature, along with his words of wisdom and comfort would stop anyone in their path resulting in an experience to the listener like no other. He loved to travel the world and meeting different people and to engage in their native language, making the shyest of persons open up to his boastful and energetic greeting and always bringing a smile to each and every one that he met.

Father Pinto is survived by his brother - Mike, sisters, Apolonia, Antoinette Sequeira, and Hilda and many more relatives in Winnipeg and India. Also, by his dear friends Wayne and Patsy Raiche and family of Mission, BC and Michele Martin of Abbotsford, BC and the many fellow clergyman and friends he met over the years.

As per his request, Father Pinto shall be cremated and then laid to rest at St. Boniface Diocese in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Father Pinto…we will miss your smile, we will miss your laugh, we will miss your guidance, we will miss your stories, but most of all we will miss your kind and gentle nature that touched the hearts and lives of so many people all over this world and we, and God, all knew how much you tried to help each and every one of us --WE KNEW…

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Teniade Osinowo

January 24, 2021

It's so sad to hear of father Pinto's passing. Deepest condolences, may God comforts & strengthens the family. I remember his smiles & chatting with him at St. Vincent's. May his soul rest in perfect peace 🙏

Allison Kraus

January 24, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Father Pinto. May he RIP with God and Jesus in Heaven. I worked with him at St. Vincent's. His office was across the hall from mine. He always greeted me with that smile and in his booming voice, "Allison!" He was kind to everyone and staff and patients all loved him. When I lost my father in 2014, he called in a favor for me to a local funeral home in Brooklyn bc I couldn't afford a burial. His kindness in the darkest hour of my life is something I can never repay in this lifetime. May he RIP and I pray for his family, friends and loved ones. God called home home 🙏.

Laurel Charles

January 23, 2021

I met Father Pinto at St. Vincent's Services in 2009. His daily visits to my cubicle to inspire and encourage, made such an impact in my life and work in the social service field. Father Pinto was instrumental in seeking services for my daughter who was struggling with health and self esteem issues. I am forever grateful to Father Pinto for his concern and kind acts. My condolences to the family , and may his soul rest in eternal peace🙏

Mark Kanter

January 22, 2021

What a sad, major loss. May God Bless the memory of Father Pinto, for everything he meant to the countless youths and adults, whom he not only helped but inspired.

Joanne Behnke

January 19, 2021

WOW!!!!! I am crying and so deeply saddened. I spoke with Fr. just a few weeks ago. He had an in jury from the gym, but seemed like he was doing so well. We met on the Panama Canal Cruise in November 2019 and he profoundly impacted my life and my husband, Scott's, life. He cruised again thereafter, and we picked him up in Ft. Lauderdale and spent sometime with him at our house in Pembroke Pines before taking him to the airport.
On the Panama Canal cruise we went to daily mass and developed a close and beautiful friendship with Fr. He was so Christ-like and a source of great strength and peace. On that cruise, my husband had to leave early to get to his dying mother's bedside. Fr. was a tremendous source of comfort for both of us. I was lucky enough to take Fr. to the specialty restaurant on board and enjoy his company one on one. We spoke in late December 2020, and I had to get off the phone abruptly (after a great and long catch up conversation) because of a water leak in my house. I have tried to call him numerous times since that phone conversation, to no avail. I just googled his name after having his phone go to voicemail right away. I am still hysterically crying. Can one of his relatives please call me. I am so so sad. Love to all, Joanne Garone Behnke (954) 270-1100

Norma & Charles Van Vleet

January 19, 2021

Norma & Charles Van Vleet

January 19, 2021

Agnelo Pinto was a beloved long time personal friend. We first met him & his sister Antonette on a Norwegian Cruise line cruise in 1999 traveling thru Egypt & Israel. We immediately became good friends. Pinto was the Chaplain on board who baptized our friend’s infant baby girl who was part of the group we were traveling with. He baptized her on the River Jordan. A special memorable moment. (1999 photo below)

Throughout the years, Agnelo Pinto shared many vacations, family milestones & celebrations with us. He was part of our family. Always beloved by all.

We will miss his chicklet white teeth smile, his energy, his laughter, his passion for life & meeting new people, his love for travels & new adventures but most of all we will miss our many “Meaning of Life” conversations in English &/or Spanish and his long term friendship & words of wisdom.

Pinto...no more health concerns or worries to learn how to cook for yourself, grocery shop & do laundry in your retirement years. Lol. You are now free. Flowing like the wind.

Muchísimas gracias (Thank You) for your last gift to me. Your call / message left on my cell the day before your passing.

Rest in peace my friend. You will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you for the many fun memories. May eternal light always shine upon you. Give my mom a hug in Heaven. Until we meet again. Forever loved & never forgotten. 🙏🙏❤️
Norma & Charles Van Vleet
Connecticut, USA

Neal Pinto

January 16, 2021

Agnelo was a dear brother, uncle and spiritual advisor in our family. He was pre-deceased by his parents Caridade & Angelica, oldest sister Sylvia, and brothers Gabriel, Joseph and John. He is survived by his sisters Antoinette, Hilda and Apolonia; and brother Michael. There are countless nieces and nephews who will also cherish his memory and indelible influence.

Never shooting from the hip, but always speaking from the heart, he leaves a huge void where his wisdom, his energetic spirit and constant love were supporting pillars for his family around the world. We are all proud of his accomplishments - especially with the individuals and communities that he passionately served throughout his life. His love for life and devotion to God’s work will remain an inspiration for our family, his friends and for many others who were mutually blessed to have known him.

Agnel... tuvem amkam mogacho updesh dilo... sodanch mog vantith ravuya...

...Adeus, Adeus.

Michelle Favrin

January 15, 2021

I will miss Father Pinto very much. I was his Travel Agent in the late 80,s His Spanish was excellent and we had great talks about Travel etc. I remember going for dinner with my family and enjoying a rum and coke!! He had great talent for that! He enjoyed my mom's paella ! God bless you Father Pinto may the Lord hold you in his loving arms

Ann Mariner

January 14, 2021

I remember meeting Fr. Agnelo through Fr. Tom Nicholson at St. Joseph's parish in Mission back in 1990. He made a lasting impression on me with his wonderful sense of humour, his caring manner and the interest that he took upon you. I am saddened to learn of his sudden death. My sincere condolences to his family and dear friends. Fr. Agnelo served those in his care well and he has earned his rest. May the Lord shine His perpetual light upon him and grant him eternal rest.