Gordon Abbott Jr. was endlessly curious.

That’s what led him to leave business school after a year to become a reporter at the Gloucester Daily Times in 1956 and eventually become the editor of that paper and the Beverly Times.

“He loved journalism,” said his son, Chris. “He wanted to be enmeshed with the people and places of Cape Ann.”

Abbott, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, died last week from complications of prostate cancer after being diagnosed five years ago. He was 85.

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