Montrose man is shot dead in Brazil

Peter Campsie and his wife
Peter Campsie and his wife

Tragedy has hit a Montrose family overseas with a local man having been shot dead in Brazil.

Peter Campsie (48) was killed by two gunmen who were attempting a car jacking in Rio de Janeiro as he returned home to his family following a business meeting.

Mr Campsie is reported to have been shot twice as he tried to flee his Honda last Wednesday (April 2).

The operations manager for Diamond Offshore Drilling International had worked in Brazil for 16 years and lived in the city of Macae, north of Rio, with his wife Janaina and 10-year-old daughter, Joy.

It is understood Mr Campsie died at the scene of the attack in the late afternoon in the Niteroi municipality. The gunmen fled empty-handed.

Another driver tried to help, but was scared off by the gunmen.

A memorial service to pay tribute to Mr Campsie took place at the Memorial Mirante da Igualdade cemetery, in Macaé, on Monday (April 7), which his daughter and wife attended.

He is survived by two sons and his mother, brother and sister who live in Scotland.

A family statement said: “He was a man who loved life and brought so much joy and laughter to those around him.

“Wherever Pete went, the good times followed. A darkness has fallen on us all as we try and make sense of why Pete had to die in the prime of his life. He was a loyal friend and father, brother and son who cared deeply about making sure everyone got the best out of their lives. Our anchor has been pulled away so cruelly.

“Pete was a golf fanatic and he would return home to Scotland with his clubs to play the many courses.

“He and friends were building a golf course in Macaé – a project he approached with typical passion. Just days before his death he was celebrating the news the project had been given the full go-ahead.”

A spokesperson for The Macaé Oilmens’ Golf Association (MOGA) said: “RIP Pete. We will remember the good time we all have had together over the years. We are praying for Janaina.”

The family statement continued: “While he loved his adopted homeland, he was always happy and excited to come back to the North-east to see his friends and family here.”

His mother Robbie and 21-year-old son Bob live in Montrose, while his 16-year-old son Steven lives in St Cyrus. His sister Alison lives in Johnshaven and brother Ione is in Glasgow.

His father Alastair, was a well-known journalist, author, hotelier and musician,and died in April last year. He owned and ran Pipers Hotel, in Union Place, with his wife for a number of years.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We were made aware of the death of a British national in Brazil on April 2.

“We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

Mr Campsie started his career as an apprentice welder in the Glaxo Smith Kline factory in Montrose before taking the role of operations manager for Aberdeen-based Diamond Offshore Drilling International.

Police inquires in Brazil are continuing