Maurice Louis Pinel, Jr. passed away peacefully today at 8:45a.m. with his loved ones at his side in Baton Rouge, LA. He had recently contracted the COVID-19 virus and his heart, lungs, and body fought off this terrible virus as long as it could. Honoring his wishes, he will be cremated and a celebration of life bowling tournament will be held in his honor later this year. Please do your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask and getting the vaccine when you are able.
In lieu of flowers and cards, please consider donating to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (donate.lls.org) or to Bowl 4 Life (https://bowl4life.com/products/donate) in Mo's name.
Mo was a larger than life figure in the bowling world and his presence had the weight of authority wherever he went.
Mo came to BowlingChat in 2010 with one goal, spread knowledge to get people to enjoy bowling more and bowl more often.
After 10,000+ posts and countless documents submitted to the wiki, it is safe to say he accomplished his goal.
Each time you pick up an asymmetrical ball (every drilled ball), there is a piece of Mo's legacy in it.
Rest in peace Mo, thank you for your contributions to the sport of bowling and BowlingChat.
I feel truly fortunate to have had him in my life over the last 11 years.
My sincerest condolences go out to his friends, family including his loving wife Monica Westfall and his step son Levi Westfall.
Bowling has just lost one of, it not its, GREATEST creative minds. This industry has just lost a GREAT ball designer; a GREAT lanesmen; a Great coach; and a GREAT teacher. Right now he is irreplaceable. He easily ranks with the iconic contributors to the game, e.g., Bill Bunnetta, Bill Taylor, Tom Kouros, Fred Borden, Dick Ritger, Bill Hall. I will miss our intellectual debates we had on line and in the seminars. His IBPSIA Advance Class was one of the most advance intellectual endeavors I have experience. RIP Mo.
If one does not know one's product, one can not manage nor promote the product one does not know.
Learned an incredible amount from that guy. He was always so energetic and willing to help even for those of us affiliated with other companies. Bowling has lost a legend, but he will never be forgotten.
Made a five hour plus drive about 5-6 years ago to attend one of his clinics in Pa. Amazing man & passion for bowling. Got fitted by him, got his benchmark layout for me & bought a ball. Today, I still use his layout on everything. Spent one full Summer comparing his fitting with the one I already had from Chris Forry from Buddies Pro Shop in CT. Chris’s worked for me and I still get everything drilled by Chris though I live far away now. That said, I am very glad I took the time & effort to spend a session with & get to meet Mo. Saw him later at a PBA 50 event in Florida & was too shy to introduce myself. Regret that now, RIP Mo Pinel
Speed off hand 17-18
PAP 4 5/8 over 1 up RH'd 185+ On THS
If i lived in the US, i would have tried to meet him. I got to know him from his impact on the sport, via the internet, and through the testimonies and opinions of others. It is sad to lose him from covid , he could have been with us some more years. Let's continue to honor him by helping our sport !
First I want to apologize for taking this long to read everyone's kind words. Mo was larger than life, the Godfather of the modern game, but to me he was just my husband. And being all of those things made dealing with him almost impossible sometimes (which a lot of you know) . The hole he has left in our family and also the bowling community will never be filled. I'm so grateful that BowlingChat put together the wiki, a piece of him will continue to help others improve their game. A huge shout out to Eric for taking all my calls and being a wonderful sounding board. And last but certainly not least, the BowlingChat/bowling community. Your thoughts, prayers, kind words, memories, bowl4life donations and phone calls were so appreciated. I have been overwhelmed by the support. And humbled by the number of people who are looking out for me. Thank you, just doesn't seem adequate.
With thanks and appreciation,
The Pinel Family