Senior murdered in Colindale

(Article Courtesy of The Inverness Oran)

Rankin MacDonald

Angus MacLean a Retired Farmer murdered in his Home


      A senior citizen who lived in peace and quiet in his pastoral home in Colindale was murdered on Wednesday of last week.

Retired farmer Angus MacLean, 82, was found dead by a neighbour who called the RCMP through a 911 call at 7:47 p.m.

At first, as in all cases where the cause of death is not known, the RCMP treated it as a suspicious death until Sunday morning when they announced that following the autopsy in Halifax it was now being treated as a homicide.

The cause of death is not being released, given the ongoing investigation.

The December 8th murder is being investigated by the Inverness RCMP with the assistance of the RCMP Northeast Nova (NEN) Major Crime Unit.

Constable Brad Anderson said that nothing in the investigation has changed, but the RCMP felt comfortable about releasing that it was indeed a homicide because it wasn’t going to hurt the investigation.

He said the public should known the nature of the crime, and he understands why the people in the area are nervous because there is a killer on the loose.

He confirmed that they have no one in custody and are still looking for motive in their investigation.

Const. Anderson encouraged all residents to take all reasonable measures for safety’s sake by locking their doors and cars.

Everyone spoke well of Angus MacLean who could be seen in his truck with his dog, Lassie, on Inverness County roads and who attended the West Mabou dances because of his love of the music and language.

Colindale, situated on a dirt road on the cliffs overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is about halfway between Port Hood and Mabou.

MacLean was a quiet man who lived by himself but who was always willing to help a neighbour.

Constable Anderson sad the RCMP have received some calls from the public but was unable to say if there was any evidence of a break-in.

The police released the house to the family on Saturday morning.

Neighbours were in disbelief all week when they thought of the kind, caring man facing what he did alone in the family home.

They all had kind words to say about MacLean who was part of their lives for all of his adult life.

“He lived his own quiet life and didn’t bother anyone,” one friend said.

His niece, Mary Elizabeth Chandler, couldn’t believe that someone would hurt her uncle, and she hoped that they would turn themselves in.

Angus’ nephew, Gerrard MacLean of Port Hood, told The Oran on Tuesday that the family are having a very difficult time coming to terms with this tragedy.

“It’s just unbelievable,” he said.

Gerrard is the son of Peter MacLean, Angus’ brother, and was at the Colindale farm all of his life.

Angus lived there with his sister, Margaret, who died in 2003, and his brother, Hector, who died in 1981.

Gerrard said Angus spent his life as a farmer, fisherman and woodsman.

“They’d get up at 3:30 a.m., do the barn work and then go fishing,” he said. “They worked from before daylight until dark.

Gerrard said Angus didn’t mind hard work and worked hard all his life. He sold his fishing license in the 1980s and 10 years ago got rid of the cows. He still raised turkeys and meat hens.

“He was in good shape for 82 and cut and hauled his own winter wood with tractor,” Gerrard added. “He was one of those raw-boned, able men who was always ready to lend a hand.”

Gerrard said he’d drop in to his home in Port Hood after mass on Saturday, stay awhile, then say he had to “make tracks” and get a bite before the dance at West Mabou.

“We had great times at his farm when we were kids,” Gerrard said. “My friends and I would go to Colindale to help with the haymaking and cutting wood for the winter.”

“He loved company and people dropping in,” he added. “You could see him and Lassie in the truck all the time. He’d have to push Lassie over because he always wanted to drive.”

“It’s hard to come to terms with this,” he said. “When we got the call we thought it was natural causes and never expected that he would have to die like that.”

No funeral plans have been made yet.

Gerrard hopes anyone with any information calls the RCMP.

RCMP are encouraging the public to come forward with any information that may assist in the investigation.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who had contact with or saw Angus on Tuesday, December 7th or Wednesday, December 8th or who may have seen any unusual or suspicious activity in the area.

To assist police in this investigation please call Inverness RCMP detachment or make an anonymous report through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

(It is hoped they quickly catch the murderer in this senseless killing – CAPER)

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