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March 27, 2014

Bruce Amaro to be missed by colleagues, community

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Perhaps he put the time he saved on shopping into his livelihood. No matter what time of day or night¸ he always seemed to be working on stories, either for the Gazette or for another paper, or doing freelance work for trade journals. He filed for Social Security retirement several years ago at age 62, but still put in many more than 40 hours a week writing.

“Anyone who met Bruce could never forget him,’’ said fellow reporter Mike LaBella, who writes for both the Gazette and The Eagle-Tribune. “He was a true character who enjoyed talking about life, about people and his trials and tribulations, and he seemed to know a little about a lot of things. There weren’t many topics he couldn’t maintain a conversation on.’’

Bruce died last week at home, where he lived alone.

The community has lost someone who cared about Haverhill and the challenges it faces.

Our readers have lost a reporter who did his best to inform them.

And we have lost a colleague and a friend.

God bless you Bruce Amaro, always.

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