Giovanni F. Gotto Sr.


LEWISTON – Giovanni “John” F. Gotto Sr. of Mexico passed away on Jan. 21, at Central Maine Medical Center with his loving family by his side.

He was born on July 2, 1932, in Mexico, son of the late Frances and Amelia (Parrella) Gotto. He was educated in the Mexico school system and was employed by the Oxford Paper Co. in 1951, after graduation. A year later, he entered the Army and proudly served as sergeant in the Wolfhound Division for two years during the Korean War.

Upon returning from the war, he worked in many parts of the mill including the construction crew, and maintenance. He retired as a machinist with 48 years of service. John was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 01641, The American Legion Post 24, UPIU local 900, LeParesseux Club, and The Fraternal Order of Eagles, all located in Rumford.

In 1959, he married the love of his life and soul mate, Penny Viger Gotto, who was literally the girl next door. Together they raised three daughters and a son along with other family along the way. Most summers were spent at camp in Oquossoc on Rangeley Lake along with many winter outings as well.

He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing snowmobiling and four wheeling. He was an active member of the Web River Sportsman’s Club. Most anyone visiting him could find him working in his garden with his beat-up farmers hat or working on another project, a “jack-of-all-trades” he always had several jobs going at camp and home and was a great role model to many. Above all, he loved his family and especially enjoyed time around the holidays. He was a father/grandfather figure to his nieces, nephews, and neighbors and was affectionately known as “Pup.” He will be sadly missed by all of them.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Penny Gotto; his son, John F. Gotto Jr.; daughters, Roben Gotto, Cindy Grassette, and husband, Scot Grassette and Ericka Kubic; grandchildren, Brandon Gotto, Zach and Kaitlyn Grassette and Jade Kubic; brothers, Frances Gotto, and wife, Lily, Teddy Gotto, and wife, Pricilla, Bob Gotto, and wife, Pauline; sisters, Susan Waterhouse and Gloria Huber, and husband, Tom Huber.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Ella Waddington