Good Afternoon Fellow club members,
It’s with a heavy heart that I let you know that our long time friend and member of GHMA, Bill Pinto passed away this morning from complications of a stroke he had about a week ago. Bill was our resident expert on everything Classic Mustang and shared his vast knowledge freely with anyone that needed it. I learned a ton from Bill and considered him a friend.
I don’t know any arrangement details however, as soon as I do, I will pass them on. Bill will be missed.
Please see the message below from Bill’s son Bill regarding a celebration of life for his dad. It would be a real tribute if we could show up with some classic Mustangs that were Bill’s passion. I know it’s late in the season but I’m hopeful.
William Daniel Pinto
Family and Friends,
On behalf of the entire Pinto family I sadly inform you of the passing of our dad/poppa/grand poppa/uncle Bill on October 12, 2016 at the Oakville hospital.
Dad was the strongest and most determined man we have all known, somehow able to deal with and conquer challenges that seemed insurmountable. He fought this, his last battle, with all of his heart and soul until he informed us he had finally run out of energy. He now rests peacefully.
Please join us for a celebration of dad’s life on November 5, 2016 at 11am in the Reception/Lounge Room of the Glen Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery located at 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville.
With Bill’s passing earlier today, I looked up an article on his history in the car hobby and some of his career. As many of you perhaps didn’t know Bill all that well, I thought it timely to scan the article and it’s now attached. The picture quality isn’t so great nor is the writing but It will give you a sense of Bill.
One of the many things Bill did for our club overs the years was to put together the GHMA Mustang Handbook. This was a massive undertaking by our club with a lot of help from various club members to get this together. Like many things in the car hobby it was a labour of love and internally, before it was published, it was simply known as “Bill’s Handbook”. It is a compendium of facts and figures for the early Mustang models 1964 1/2 to 1973. This is given the new members of our club when they joined. I was honored to be a part of this undertaking with Bill as one of the editors.
Bill was a terrific individual and will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.