Harry Aleo (1919-2008)
Harry Aleo, a "colorful San Francisco native" and resident, died last Saturday of cancer at age 88.
Harry Aleo was born in the City and grew up in Noe Valley.
He fought the Battle of the Bulge during WW2, then came back and opened up his real estate shop, Twin Peaks Properties, in San Francisco's Noe Valley district in 1947, and continued doing business there until the present.
Even if you didn't know Mr. Aleo, you may have heard of his horse Lost in the Fog , sort of a modern-day Seabiscuit.
I once infuriated a few of my fellow bloggers by suggesting that Harry Aleo was a good guy, despite his politics and the fact that he was probably very wealthy. So I guess I better not say it again, uh. Let me just instead quote a comment left by a reader of the Chronicle:
"His politics made me wince every time I passed his window on 24th street, but at the same time it made me glad to see someone standing his ground..."
I couldn't agree more. And I'm pretty sure he was a good guy.
Rest in peace, Mr. Aleo.
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Additional pictures of Harry Aleo's window