Pinto, Ross Emerson, a 66 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Good Friday, April 6, 2007 in Redondo Beach. Born in Detroit, MI, Ross was 83 when he died. Ross had served as a captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a pilot and navigator. Ross was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church and was the choir director for several years. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty (60+) years, Josephine A. Pinto of Redondo Beach, and two sons, Richard (spouse, Mary) Pinto of San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Joseph C. Pinto of Dana Point, CA, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester B. Pinto, Sr. and Doris (Akroyd). He was lovingly raised by Josephine (Stile) Pinto. His brothers and sisters included Geraldine Martine, Prue Spelta, Tom, Joseph and Chester B. Pinto, Jr. Ross cherished his Sicilian and English heritage and was fluent in Italian. Ross had an industrial engineering degree from the University of Southern California (where he played the trombone in the USC Marching Band), and was the president of several corporations over a 50 year span in the aerospace and lawnmower industries. Ross enjoyed music, good friends, Italian cuisine, jokes, traveling and absolutely loved playing golf with his "golfing buddies" and sons. He cherished his wife, children and grandchildren, and was always there for support and advocating the importance of higher education and hard work. He was and is the role model for all he touched. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Friday April 13, 2007 from 4 to 8pm. The service and mass will be held at the Holy Redeemer Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City on Saturday April 14 at 11:30am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wellness Community - South Bay Cities, 109 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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  1. Ross will truly be missed by many who knew him. Ross has been a dear friend and mentor to my father for more than fifty years. Without Ross’s vision, help and guidance McStarlite Company would not be the success it is today. Thanks Ross for all the good times and memories you have left us with. Our sincere condolences to your wife and family.

  2. I have known Ross for 55 years. On occasion such as this I ask myself how will I remember Ross.How do you remember a man who gave so much of himself and resources to his family and the work he love. How do you remember a man who had been happily married to Josephine for over 60 years and truly loved his children, his sons Richard and Joseph. How do you remember a man you worked with for over 45 years and your friend for over 50 years. How do you remember a man who lived the american dream. We will all remember him defferently, I will tell you how I shall remember such a man. I shall remember him with appreciation for having been a significant part of my life.I shall remember a man with admiration for his personal conduct and accomplishment. Most of all, I shall remember him with a great deal of respect and love. May you rest in peace.

  3. I will always cherish the memories I have of Ross, from the first time we met back in the early seventies to our last lunch a month ago. There are no words to express the deep admiration I have for this man. Ross never failed to always greet you with a smile and a good joke. He had a keen sense in business and was respected by all with whom he worked. One of my most cherished memories was Ross in a golf cart, hanging on for dear life as my 14 year old daughter recklessly drove down a steep hill. He loved children, especially his own and would always take the time to listen and teach. There was never a time that he didn’t have something profound to say. When he spoke, we all listened. Ross could write the book on how to have a successful life. He loved his children and grandchildren and had a special place in his heart for his dear Josie. We have lost an icon in the industry.

  4. My wife and I are sad to hear about the passing of Ross. Some of you may remember me. Thomas Pinto was my dad. Although I didn’t see that much of Ross, I always enjoyed his company at family gatherings. We also shared a musical interest as I play the clarinet and saxaphone. He was also very kind to my dad in his later years. My dad used to call him “Big R”. The video tribute was very moving to me and my wife. We wish all of you the best. Sincerely, Russ & Sue Pinto

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