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Richard Gaines, reporter for the Gloucester Daily Times, dies at 69

Richard Gaines (left) covered the region for more than four decades, the last one with the Gloucester Daily Times.
Richard Gaines (left) covered the region for more than four decades, the last one with the Gloucester Daily Times.Desi Smith/Gloucester Daily Times/file 2011

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From his early days as a State House reporter, through an influential tenure at the helm of The Boston Phoenix in the 1980s, Richard Gaines covered Massachusetts politics with energy and purpose.

In the latter stages of his career, when he wrote about the fishing industry for his hometown paper, his commitment to “fighting the good fight,” never wavered, those who knew him recalled Monday.

“He was a classic old-school reporter,” said Ray Lamont, editor of the Gloucester Daily Times, where Gaines had worked since 2002. “His persistence was incredible. He absolutely pressed and pressed to get the truth.”

Gaines, an award-winning journalist who covered the region for more than four decades, was found dead Sunday in the swimming pool at his Gloucester home, the victim of an apparent heart attack. He was 69.

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