A man killed Thursday morning at the city’s Halifax business is being remembered as a loyal friend with a passion for music.
Police say Tony Nader, 55, was murdered on Thursday after attacking InSight Optometry on Brunswick Street – his workplace.
A Facebook post Saturday morning by Insight Optometry said Tony was a best friend to everyone he met, and that the business is “broken beyond repair.”
“Tony will go to the end of the earth for you and to the bottom of the ocean for your patients,” read the post. “If you’ve been to the office, you’ve probably had the pleasure of meeting Tony; for that, you’re a better person.”
“To Terma Nadar, our resident musician (yes, that’s his guitar on the wall), KFC lover (yes, this confused us too), and the Million Idea Man (yes, most of them have been implemented over the years) : Thank you for making us laugh, for uplifting us all, and for making everyone feel like the coolest person in the room, even though we all know the best person was always you,” read the post.
Will Hansen says he met Tony about five years ago in the guitar-trading community.
He said he had seen news articles on Thursday indicating an incident had occurred at InSight Optometry, but it was not known until Friday morning that his friend Tony had been killed.
“He’s someone who is beloved by so many people in the Nova Scotia area,” Hansen said. “You knew Tony. Whether you knew him well or not, you felt like you had a friend for life.”
Hansen said he and Tony often swapped equipment and shared stories and advice about many things.
“My understanding is, he has albums under his name, he probably played in bands from the 80s or 90s,” Hansen said. “In addition to being in the worlds of Insight and Optometry, he has a very storied musical endeavor, or I guess, a career.”
Tributes began pouring in online Friday for the man who loved music, among other things.
“There’s a lot of people who’ve banded with him, or maybe watched his shows. He has a real infectious enthusiasm. When you were supposed to meet Tony, that’s one of the first things that happened,” Hansen said. . “There was a pep in his step and that’s okay, even if he was just coming to say hello, there was a joy about it.”
Simon Felix Cormier, 25, was arrested shortly after the incident on Thursday and is charged with:
- first class murder
- attack that causes bodily harm
- weapon attack
- Possession of weapons dangerous to the public
Cormier appeared in court on Friday. He has been sent to custody and is to appear in the next court on January 28, 2022.