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November 28, 2012

Editorial: Defining a true community leader

Last weekend’s passing of Peter Watson, gone too soon at the age of 73, is being felt across Cape Ann this week, as the many tributes in Gail McCarthy’s Page 1 Tuesday story certainly showed.

But it was interesting to note that Peter was being remembered not only as former editor of the Gloucester Daily Times, a position he held from 1970 through 1983, and as an executive with its then-parent Essex County Newspapers until his retirement in 2002, but also as an avid runner who founded the Gloucester Running Club, as a sailor who launched the Sandy Bay Yacht Club’s youth sailing program, and as an activist – especially in Rockport, where he served on and chaired the town’s Government Bylaw Committee among other roles.

Whether teaching the journalistic ropes to reporting interns and young staff writers, or stepping up to organize groups like the running club, which made annual trips to and treks up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, Watson was truly a person whose can-do spirit never wavered. That’s perhaps the most succinct definition of what a true community leader is all about.

With that, we extend our sincere condolences to his sons and family, to his countless friends and colleagues, and to all of those whom he truly inspired in the field of journalism and elsewhere. Yet let’s also recognize that his spirit and legacy will indeed live on as an model for all of us to follow.

His many contributions to life here on Cape Ann can never be forgotten.

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