Prominent Indian and a leading figure among the Konkani community in Kuwait, Lawrence Pinto passed away on Tuesday, 27 April at the age of 73 in Mumbai, India.
Popularly known as Pinto or Lawryaab, he retired from active service in 2011 following his tenure at Bader Al-Mulla & Brothers Company as Stores and Purchase Manager.
Known for his role in many social service activities among the community, Mr. Pinto was an active member of the Kuwait Canara Welfare Association (KCWA) and served as the association’s president for a period of two years. During his time at KCWA, he started the SASS Computer School (SASS) for physically handicapped children in Mangaluru, which is administered by Apostolic Carmel nuns of St. Agnes Special School, Mangaluru. He also started the mortuary fund in KCWA.
During the eighties, he was treasurer and then general secretary of the erstwhile prestigious Indian Arts Circle. He also co-founded the hugely popular ‘Gulf Voice of Mangalore’ a Konkani songs based reality show. He was known for promoting the Konkani language and uniting the Konkani-speaking people that included Goans and Mangaloreans residing in Kuwait. He brought them all under one umbrella through sports as well as his super-hit cultural program ‘Konkani Ekvottachi Sanz’ and many other social-cultural programs.
Lawrence leaves behind his wife Virginia and sons Christopher and Clifford.