Andrew Archer

January 27, 1987June 20, 2010

ARCHER, Andrew Richard Suddenly at Buttonville on Sunday, June 20th, 2010 at the age of 23. Beloved son of Dianne and Glenn Archer of Whitby. Loving brother of Kate Archer and her fiancé Andrew Beath, Peter Archer and his fiancé Samantha Lewer and William Archer. Andy will be lovingly remembered by Paige Marlow. Dear nephew of Edward Kightley, Bonnie Williams, Susan Smiley, Allan Kightley, Marlene Gough (Edward), Robert Archer (Marisa), and the late Richard Archer. Survived by his many cousins, extended family and friends. Friends may call at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) for visitation on Thursday, June 24th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 P.M. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, June 25th at 1:00 P.M. Interment Thornton Cemetery. Memorial donations to About Face International would be appreciated.


  • Funeral Service Friday, June 25, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, June 24, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Will Archer

March 8, 2013


you are so missed, and loved always. I wish we could say that one day we'll be chatting on the phone about our families but sadly that cannot happen. I can only hope telling stories and recalling wonderful memories with you can do justice to explain the wonderful guy you were. I miss you so much big brother.

love you always,


bonnie Williams

July 12, 2011

My darling Andy How I miss you daily I know you are with God and I have to try and come to turns with that My life was so enriched by the short time I spent with you. Rest Easy knowing that I will always be their for your family Love always Aunt Bonnie

June 21, 2011

Dianne Archer

June 19, 2011

This year has been my toughest year to get through. Glenn and I have learned that our love can grow stronger even through tragedy. We have amazing children who have incredible strength and love. They have done so many thoughtful things to include their brother in each special event that has happened. These things always made Andy's presence felt and I am so blessed to have them.
I am so great full for Paige and her family always being there for us, offering comfort,support and love.
The many friends who have listened when I needed to talk or offered a comforting hug or word when it was so badly needed.
Finally, all the friends of Andy's who seem to find the time to send a timely email or chat and share not just stories about Andy but keeping our family up to date with how their life is going.
Andy may not be here in person but he will always be a feeling in our hearts.

God Bless,

Glenn Archer

June 17, 2011

As the anniversary of our son's death approaches I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind words and deeds during what can only be described as the darkest times of our lives. Bless you all for helping us and supporting us in so many ways.
Dianne and I have learned to deal with each day as it comes. Some are easier than others to get through.
We have learned to appreciate the glory of a sunrise and the solemnity of a sunset. To never forget the joy of bouncing a baby on one's knee or the comfort of holding the hand of a loved one.
I believe that the greatest blessing of being human is the ability to love. I also believe that it is our greatest curse.
Andy will be missed each and every day, for the rest of our lives.

Some of the ways that our son will be remembered include the following:

For the past year, many of us have been wearing burgundy arm bands with Andy's name and the words, "FLY HIGH, FLY PROUD".

A memorial scholarship has been set up for a graduating student from Seneca College's Aviation program, thanks to Mr. Frank Torres of Skywords and Seneca College.

On June 23rd there will be a tree dedication at Seneca's Markham campus for Andy as well as the three students who were killed on a training flight later in the year.

Our son Peter has contacted the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and Andy's name has been engraved on their Wall of Honour at the Aviation Museum. Thank you son. I am so very proud that you have done this for your brother.

In closing, I would like to include Andy's favourite quote:

"When once you have tasted flight
You will forever walk the earth
With your eyes turned skyward
For there you have been
And there you will always long
To return."
Leonardo Da Vinci

God bless you all.


Dianne Archer

August 16, 2010

Andy you are so dearly missed each and everyday. I wake up in the morning hoping to see your face or hear your voice. Oh how I wish I could go back in time just to have a chat about your dreams and see your face light up when you talk about flying. There was that extra twinkle in your eyes when you talked about your plans with Paige.I was so blessed to have you as my son even if only for 23 short years. You made me proud, you treated people with a caring , loving nature and a smile on your face. You were a great brother who was always there for your siblings.
You knew the value of family and you expressed it proudly. I miss you so very much and love you dearly.
God Bless Bear,
Love Mom

Glenn Archer

July 22, 2010

I can't begin to express how much I miss my son. I wake every day hoping that this is just a nightmare. I was so proud of Andy, as I am of all my children. I will never forget what a genuinely wonderful person he was, and how much love and joy he brought to my life. What I wouldn't give for one more game of catch or to see his eye's light up when he spoke about flying. I take comfort in knowing that he has left so many close friends behind, and that he had found the love of his life in Paige. She is wonderful, and I love her like my own.
I miss you Bear, and I love you with all my heart.


Patty Rowe

June 27, 2010

Dianne: We've never met, but I feel a connection to you. Our sons graduated from the Seneca Flight Program together. I was unable to attend Andrews' service, but need to express to you, my heartfelt sorrow at this extremely difficult time. As a fellow mother of a pilot, my heart continues to ache for you. I think about you and your family daily, and I pray for your continued strength.

June 26, 2010

May the skies open up before you fellow pilot. My deepest sympathies to those who loved this great young man.

Shannon Everest

June 26, 2010

My deepest sympathy for the sudden loss of your son and brother. My prayers are with you.