A Fredericton businessman was shot and killed in the Philippines over the weekend.

Harry Joseph Doyle, 62, died of multiple gunshot wounds at a beach resort in Surigao City on Sunday.

Police in the Philippines say he was approached by two men, who apparently asked for food.

Doyle reportedly pushed one of the men and the other man drew a pistol and fired at Doyle several times, police said.

The two suspects fled and police are investigating.

Doyle's Facebook page lists Surigao City as where he lives.

He had moved to the Philippines about seven or eight years ago, but still owns several properties in Fredericton.

He was "quite a character," according to his friend, Deputy Mayor Stephen Chase. They went to high school together.

"Even in recent months we've traded thoughts of our high school experience and he was always good - he would send profound little messages on Facebook intended to evoke comment. He was a very good guy and I am very saddened, and shocked, about what happened to him," said Chase.

Doyle also attended St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick, according to his Facebook page.

He listed himself as self-employed.