Scene on Jolliet Ave. in Vanier Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.
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Gaetan Jolin was a high-spirited man with respect for others, say friends and acquaintances of the 55-year-old landscaper who died after an alleged attack last week.“He always had a smile on his face and he was a hard worker,” said a friend of Jolin’s, who asked not to be identified. “It’s very tragic what happened to him, he did not deserve it.”Jolin was discovered in medical distress in his home on Jolliet Avenue in Vanier last Wednesday. Police allege he was attacked. Jolin died in hospital the next day.The multi-unit Jolliet address was one of 10 in Vanier that were recently recognized by community officials as “problematic,” according to Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury.Michael Leduc, 43, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death.Jolin’s friend said she knew him through her husband’s cousin. “Gaetan did some tree work for (the cousin), as well as lived with her and her family for a while.” He cleaned up cut-down trees while he worked for UnderCut Tree.Jolin was very quiet when they spoke, she said. “He was looking at a house that I regularly walk past and every time we saw him she (her husband’s cousin) would go over and talk to him, and that’s how we met.”Another woman who asked not to be identified said she spoke to Jolin a couple of times while he was at the ByWard Market, which he frequented often.“Everyone knew him from the market. Very easygoing and treated everyone the same,” she said.Jolin was also a chatterbox, she said. “He just automatically started talking to people as if you knew him … he was the uncle of the market. Everyone knew him.”She said Jolin frequented the market area for many years. “It seems like he was at the shelters in those days. Possibly all of them, Mission, Sally and Shep’s, that’s where you would see him, especially in the summer time.”The address on Jolliet Avenue where Jolin’s body was found is well-known to wary neighbours, community officials and police.When asked about the house, a neighbour, who asked not to be identified, shook her head.“There frequently is a police presence, there are often loud fights, drunkenness, lots of drug use and cars coming and going in the middle of the night, which would be typical of a drug house,” she said.“It is an eyesore and a threat to our safety is my feeling.”But a neighbour said Vanier is a welcoming community.“There is room for all sorts of economic strata and walks of life here, but troublemakers are troublemakers no matter what their socioeconomic status.”— With files from Elizabeth PayneALSO IN THE NEWS:Hundreds clog downtown streets to mark three years of Phoenix pay woes‘I and my staff always acted appropriately’ regarding SNC-Lavalin: TrudeauCouncillor says city powerless to block proposed ‘ugly’ cellphone tower neighbours complain is too big