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Joseph Pinto, South Salem Resident, 81

Joseph Pinto
Joseph Pinto Photo Credit: Contributed

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Joseph Pinto, an 81-year-old South Salem resident, died in his home on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Born on April 24, 1933, in Casablanca, Morocco, to Jacques M. and Lunita Toledano Pinto, he was one of the last of the Sephardic Pinto family to be born in Morocco.  In the 1970's, he was Instrumental in the formation and development of Sea Containers Ltd, an early entrant in the container-leasing industry, and led its capital-raising efforts over many years as the chairman of the Finance Committee and a board member.

After Sea Containers, he formed and led a team with one of his lifelong friends in Spain, directing the investment in a number of private companies in the United States, including Loehmann's, Lehrer McGovern and a handful of other businesses in various industries.  Pinto went on to become a private investor and in the early 1990's and formed Hinsdale LLC, the Pinto family's investment partnership. Alongside his successful business career, he supported and cared for his immediate and extended family.

He was a longtime member of the Goldens Bridge Hounds and resident of North Salem, where over many years he and his wife, Linda, enjoyed life at their "gentleman's farm," Salem Sunshine Farm.  He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Linda B. Pinto, his two sons and stepson, Paul and John Pinto and Alger B. Chapman, and his four grandchildren, Emma, Sarah, Jacob and Owen. He also is survived by his older sister, Ena Abensur, his cousin and "little sister," Marina Pinto Kaufman, his close cousin, Maurice E. Pinto, his sister-in-law, Camila Pinto, widow of his brother Morris J. Pinto and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  A service will be held at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chappell in Manhattan at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.

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