John H. Alto
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Gloucester - Born in Gloucester, John was the son of the late Eino and Mildred (Morash) Alto.

John was a graduate of the Gloucester High School class of 1952. He worked as a Gloucester municipal employee for over 40 years, many of those years as tree warden. During that time, he successfully fought to save the rare purple beech tree at the Sawyer Free Library and won Gloucester the title of Tree City USA multiple times.

John had a great love of animals and provided a pampered home to numerous pets throughout the years. After his retirement, he moved to Effingham, N.H., to enjoy a rural lifestyle including keeping his pair of beloved Belgian draft horses. Other interests included fishing, clamming, wood carving, being a member of the Yankee Draft Horse Association, RV camping and enjoying autumn fairs, especially volunteering at the Topsfield Fair draft horse show. A favorite pastime was picking blueberries with family on Pole's Hill in Gloucester and in New Hampshire with his best friend, Bill Hewitt.

John and his wife returned to Gloucester in 2018 and were blessed to have all the love and help they received from their children and their spouses as well as their numerous grandchildren.

He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity.

John is survived by his wife of 66 years Doris L. (Harvey) Alto; his son Harvey and wife Holly Alto of Gloucester; son Glenn and wife Pat Alto of Rockport, and his daughter Tammy Alto of Gloucester; as well as grandchildren Kyle and Alysha Barrigan, Shilo Frontierro, Ryan, Emily, Amanda and Annie Alto and Michelle and Chris Alto; as well as one great-grandchild Tessa Rae Banks.

Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home on Friday, September 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Cape Ann Animal Aid or American Cancer Society.

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Published on September 9, 2019


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Deborah Goodwin Potter
Sep 09, 2019
Dear Friend... You will be sorely missed. You were loved like family....