P.E.I. woman stoic in wake of husband's murder

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Guernsey Cove's Colin Peter was murdered in Saint Lucia

A Guernsey Cove woman is showing her stoic and feisty nature in the wake of her husband’s shocking murder in Saint Lucia last week, says the couple’s son.

“She is on the ball,’’ said Andrew Peter.

“She is still running things, shall we say.’’

A thief confronted Peter’s mother Gwen and her husband Colin while the couple were walking on a beach in this popular Caribbean resort area.

The attacker grabbed Colin’s wallet and a bag containing a camera then struck the 75-year-old man over the head with a stick. Colin succumbed to his injuries Monday night after spending the weekend in the hospital.

Peter says his mother was not injured in the incident and she is holding up remarkably well.

“She is fine,’’ he said, adding his mother is receiving marvelous care and attention.

Like The Guardian, Peter has not been able to reach police in Saint Lucia for an update on the murder. Saint Lucia’s police commissioner Wednesday reported police were pursuing a suspect.

Peter says the outpouring of community spirit has been “almost overwhelming and we are very pleased that people are offering such assistance.’’

Indeed, Colin Peter was highly regarded and well loved in his community. He was well known in Montague for running Montague Office Supplies and The Source (formerly Radio Shack) in the Down East Mall.

But he was most admired for his pleasant nature and the community work he did quietly behind the scenes.

“You know he was really, really just a real kind, true gentleman,’’ neighbor Charlene Belsher said of her friend.

“He will be greatly missed down here.’’

Adding to the tragedy, notes Belsher, is that Colin Peter had a great granddaughter born on Oct. 3 that he never got to see because she is in England.

She says Colin Peter was a quiet man with a quick wit and a twinkle in his eye. He was an enterprising, hard-working man that would always be willing to come to the aid of others.

“He was really a wonderful neighbor,’’ said Belsher.

“You could always go to him if you had a problem at all.’’

Peter said family will be flying down to Saint Lucia on Saturday for the cremation and private funeral.


Organizations: Montague Office Supplies, The Source, Radio Shack

Geographic location: Saint Lucia, Caribbean, Montague Down East Mall England

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Recent comments

  • Kaye Crozier
    November 26, 2012 - 17:02

    So sad...My heart goes out to all the family.I don't know them but they are in my prayers.

  • Lorraine Stewart
    November 23, 2012 - 13:36

    Ihad the pleasure of meeting Colin and Gwen at Munroes in Montague and had some good conversations with them My heart goes out to you Gwen and family at this time May God guide you threw this terrible ordeal.

  • Hilary Hawkins
    November 23, 2012 - 11:29

    This is so very tragic, I did not know Colin or his wife who my heart goes out to, but just by his picture alone I can tell what a good and kind man he was R.I.P

  • bruce macewen
    November 23, 2012 - 09:41

    I always enjoyed chatting with Colin any time I was in the store,very knowledgeable,helpful man with a quick wit.My condolences to the family. Bruce MacEwen

  • Natasha Peter
    November 23, 2012 - 04:11

    it was actually the 31st of october when my daughter was born.

    • Marie
      November 23, 2012 - 07:22

      They say one angel leaves and another arrives! I'm so sorry for your family loss

  • Maura Lee
    November 22, 2012 - 15:48

    How very very sad that this happened. I did not know Colin Peter but it sounds like he was very much loved by neighbors, friends and family. My deepest condolences to the family.