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Services planned for John R. Shotto, shipping executive


Services for John R. Shotto, a Baltimore shipping executive who was fatally shot Wednesday near a Southeast Baltimore warehouse, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Howard K. McComas Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.

Mr. Shotto, who was 52 and lived in Bel Air, worked in the maritime industry all of his adult life, in ports in the United States and abroad. He worked for SeaLand Service Inc. in numerous cities, including Baltimore, for 19 years.

In 1980, Mr. Shotto founded Meridian Shipping Inc., a Baltimore steamship agency and charter broker.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of Ralph Shotto and Katherine Marie Fahey. He grew up in Vestal, N.Y., and attended Vestal High School.

He is survived by two sons, Scott R. Shotto and Brian J. Shotto, both of Bel Air; one daughter, Dawn Heather Leonard of Laurel; and three grandchildren.

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