Robert Andrew ‘Bob’ Pinto, 83, owner of Ro-Ann Custom Upholstery for over 35 years is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Robert Andrew Pinto
Robert Andrew Pinto

Robert Andrew ‘Bob’ Pinto, 83, of Rocky Point, died Saturday morning, May 14, 2016, at his residence.

Born January 22, 1933, in Bronx, N.Y., he was a son of the late Edmond V. Pinto and Derna L. DeFabiis Pinto. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John Phillip Pinto Sr. in 2013.

Bob proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps. In earlier years, he worked for the Mayola Milk Company, making deliveries throughout the local area. He also worked as a stevedore foreman at the Wilmington State Ports docks.

Bob was a strong believer of strong work ethics. His crowning achievement was being the owner of the finest furniture upholstery shop in Wilmington, Ro-Ann Custom Upholstery, for over 35 years. Over the years, several production companies called upon him to assist in building and creating custom sets for movies being made in the area. A history buff, in his leisure, Bob and collected model trains, and enjoyed his pets, ‘Puddles’ and ‘Gunny.’

He is survived by his sons, Michael Edmond Pinto, and his companion, Barbara Elaine Potter, and Kenneth James Pinto, and his wife, Twylah Johnson Pinto; daughter, Doris Anne Pinto, and her companion, Charles Howard; brother, Andrew Robert Pinto; nephew, Christopher Edmond Pinto; grandchildren, Eric Pinto, John Pinto Jr., Cynthia Pickett, Robert Thornton, Erin Thornton, Zachary Sarvis, Alex Howard, Thomas Howard and Carmen Gutierrez; great-grandchildren; and friends, Mike and Julia Stephenson.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at Andrews Market Street Chapel.

The Pinto family would like to honor Julia and Mike Stephenson for their many years of amiable friendship, companionship and benevolent care. Our loving gratitude is extended to them for their support throughout Bob’s cancer journey in the last year of his life.

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