Obituary: Antonio A. Pinho

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Antonio A. Pinho

NAUGATUCK — Antonio A. Pinho, 74, husband of the late Marie Almeida for 37 years, a longtime resident of Sapulpa, Okla., and a recent Naugatuck resident, passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2020.

Antonio was born on Dec. 25, 1945, in Setubal, Freguesia de Bocage, Portugal, son of the late Manuel and Idalina Pinho. For many years Antonio worked as a mechanic at Lee Gouveia’s Garage in Naugatuck. In 1988, he moved to Sapulpa, Okla., where he was employed as a mechanic for Parrish and Clark Dodge in Tulsa, Okla. In 1991, Antonio and Marie opened A & M Auto Truck Repair in Sapulpa, retiring in 2006. Tony loved fishing, dancing, playing soccer and, in his younger days, racing cars. He loved to party with his family and his many friends, and every Christmas he would have a fish fry for his customers. Tony was a good son, when he was a young boy in Portugal, he always made sure his mom had the kindling she needed to light the fireplace. He was a good brother, husband and uncle, and he truly loved life.

He is survived by his sisters, Prazeres Pinho Demers and her husband, Arthur, Anna Pinho Tavares and her husband, Fernando; his brother, Carlos Pinho and his wife, Maria; and several nieces and nephews. Tony was predeceased by his sisters, Maria Alice Pinho Cascais, Irene Pinho Carvalho; his brother, Manuel Pinho.

The family would like to thank the staff of VITAS Health Care, the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital for their compassion, dedication and skillful care during his illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck. Family and friends may call Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Tony’s memory, donations can be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.buckmillerthurstonmengacci.com.