Memorial Mass & Celebration of Life

A Memorial Mass will be held in Peter's memory as follows:

Day/Date: Saturday February 2, 2019

Time: 11:00am

Location: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Parish

Address:  5255 Thornwood Drive (Eglinton Av. W. & Hwy 10), Mississauga, ON 

A "Celebration of Life" reception will be held immediately following the mass in the church hall. All are welcome to attend.

As we may not have been able to reach out to everyone via this website, please feel free to pass along details on the Memorial Mass & Celebration of Life to friends and family that may have been missed.

"People will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou

Commemorating a Life Well Lived ....

Peter loved to travel and explore; his life’s journey having spanned four continents. From his early days in Goa, India, he travelled an ocean to fall in love and marry Elise in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. A new job took him to Nairobi, Kenya from where he travelled the East African roads as a sales manager for the British company, Oxo. During East Africa’s turbulent early 70’s, his job, then with the Brooke Bond Oxo Group, took him and the family to Luton, England. And finally, in a search of a better life for his family, he crossed another ocean to make Toronto, Canada his home in 1975. 

Peter loved sports and nature; he played soccer on Tanganyika's national team, was a champion level snooker player and loved to fish. A born salesman, his love of interacting and helping people was evident in his forgoing job advancement with the TTC to continue as a subway driver till his retirement. In his retirement, he continued to make an impact on many lives by working with an immigration consultant to help others emigrate to, and enjoy a new life in Canada. Peter also loved animals; from a pet monkey, to his devoted dachshund, Susie in Nairobi to his last dog Blondie in Canada who he rescued from abuse. Peter had a great sense of humour, loved to tease and loved music. He was also talented at fixing things, from his cars to D.I.Y. home projects. 

Above all else, Peter loved to entertain and be surrounded by family and friends. One of his most favourite events was having all the family over for a great meal, with an always full table of goodies prepared by Elise, some fun and of course … a drink or few! At times like these, though he loved to talk, he would often sit quietly and just watch over everyone with love and pride in what he believed was his and Elise’s greatest achievement – their family.

The family is deeply grateful for the outstanding care that Peter received at the Meadowvale wing at the Village of Erin Meadows, with special thanks to Chi Awadh, Nirmala Mery, Dr. Persad and the many devoted caregivers who interacted and cared for him daily. Your attention and devotion to Peter while in your care is deeply appreciated – thank you!

“A life full of enthusiasm, hope and contributions through one’s own talent is a life well lived.” - Anonymous

A Tribute to Our Grandpa

To us we knew Peter Pinto as Grandpa. We feel very blessed to have shared our childhood with him, celebrated our milestones as we entered into adulthood and created many memories along the way. 

He was our sports fan, always there to cheer us on from the sidelines or a smiling face at the finish line; A comedian, he was, never a shortage of jokes and tricks to fill our visits; He was our storyteller, our teacher and our champion always encouraging us to follow our passions and pursue our dreams. 

Our Grandpa holds a special place in our hearts, our special memories of him will be cherished forever; summer vacations at Grandpa and Grandmas, travelling to different countries,  fishing at the cottage and many more. We were very lucky to have 29+ years with him, and while these words could never do justice to how we feel about him, we hope it honours the memories of family, happiness and laughter he gave to each of us. 

Ryan, Amanda, Sean & Jeremy

"Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure" - Renee Wood

A Daughter's Memories ...

My Dad was a very special man! I feel privileged and blessed to have had him as a role model and mentor, and as a loving and supportive father.

There are so many memories over a lifetime so well lived …. as a child growing up in Kenya, I remember drive-in movie nights, picnics, camping and fishing trips and longer road trips to vacation at the beach in Malindi and to Dar-es-Salaam to visit family. Dad was away a lot for work and when he came home, one of his favourite things to do was to make up a big plate of food and feed us as we waited like little birds with mouths wide open :-)  When we moved to England, there are many fond memories of Dad and I spending time together Friday evenings doing the weekly groceries and Saturday train rides to London to work with him at the market. Over our 40 plus years in Canada, there are a million moments and memories to treasure … from celebrating milestones, to road trips to Washington D. C. to visit family, vacations and cottage trips, dozens of family meals, teasing and laughter over a scotch (or few) and so much more … In these most recent years, my memories are of our countless hours together, most especially when we were alone and just taking a walk in the mall and sharing time over a coffee.

Dad’s most enduring legacy, taught not only in words, but by the example of his life … “to work hard and always do your very best” will always resonate; and his counsel, support, praise and love were always a beacon … even when there were no more words left, only a loving glance, a twinkle in his eyes and a gentle smile.

Dad, the sadness of your loss is overwhelming. I take comfort in knowing you are finally at peace, and that you are now, and will forever be, watching over me.

“A father holds his daughter’s hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever- Unknown