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,
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
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.
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
Leonardo Da Vinci
God bless you all.
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,
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.
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.
May the skies open up before you fellow pilot. My deepest sympathies to those who loved this great young man.
My deepest sympathy for the sudden loss of your son and brother. My prayers are with you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. I pray that you will find the strength to carry on and that you will find comfort in all of the wonderful memories that you have of Andy.From everything that I have heard he was an incredible man, son, brother, friend and colleaugue.
Dear Will and Family:
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Archer family on the loss of a dear son and brother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Margaret, Wayne, John and Brian Button
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May Andrew rest in peace. May those left behind be comforted in this time of great loss.
From a fellow Buttonville pilot.
So sorry to hear of your loss, all of us at AboutFace have you in our thoughts and prayers. Sharon Fitzpatrick, Chair, AboutFace
"Dianne, I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I know the "Dunbar Family" have you in their thoughts and prayers this week. Best thoughts and feelings.
This is a difficult note to write since you do not know me. My son Dave Shakespeare graduated from the Seneca program in 2007 and his fiance Audrey Reid, a close friend and classmate of Andrew graduated last year.I continue to think about your family and about Paige. I hope you all have the strength to continue together.
With a special type of understanding and love, I am ,
To the Archer Family
sorry for your loss of son and brother.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Words alone cannot express the tragedy of losing someone so central to your life. Please know that your family is in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Dianne, Glenn, Kate, Peter and Will. Our Thoughts are with you and yours at this time. Greg, Florence, Scott & Chad.
Florence Bolton Whitby Ont
Dianne, Glenn, Kate, Peter and William. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your son and brother. Our thoughts are with you and yours at this time. Nancy Beattie & Family
Dianne, Glenn, Kate, Peter and William, I am so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Our deepest sympathy to you and yours. Nancy Beattie & Family.
I was very saddened to hear that my friend and classmate Andy had passed on doing what he loved. Andy or Arch as I liked to call him could bring a smile to everyone's face even in the lowest of times. I remember him as a great story teller and a great flying partner. He will be deeply missed by all. My thoughts are with the Archer family, his girlfriend Paige and his many many close friends.
Hi Diane, I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family during this very difficult time.
Sandy Irvine (Brooklin, ON)
Dear Archer Family,
Words are just not enough at this extremely difficult time in your lives. Just remember all the love and good times you have of Andrew as no one can take them from you. In our thoughts and prayers at this very sad and awful time.
God Bless you all
The Sinclair Family
(Kyle went to McFarlane with Andy)
"Sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family"
Condolences from myself and Nadia, Andrew we will miss you!
My condolences to the Archer Family. It was a pleasure to coach Andrew (Bear) in baseball years ago. I'm sure he grew into a fine young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Andrew and send my sincerest sympathies to Diane, Glenn, Kate, Peter and William. It is my wish that the strength of your family and wonderful memories will help you get through this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I remember when we were in scouts, always trying to one-up each other in whatever we were doing. He managed to win most of the time, and always had a joke afterwords. Hearing about this brought me great sadness, and my heart goes out to everybody whose life was touched by Andy. I offer my deepest condolences to the Archer family.
Our hearts goes out to you all. It wasn't long ago when our kids (Adam & Tim) and yours sang songs of praise together as Junior choir members at All Saints'. Losing a brother is a painful experience but you have new lives ahead of you in marriage and I am sure Andy will be with you. I believe your son will always be in your heart on his extended flight.
My heart is breaking for you and your family. I know how proud you were of Andy - your face lit up whenever you shared stories about him. Let the love and closeness your family shares help you with your grief. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
We are sorry to hear of Andrew's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I am so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. I did not know Andrew, but had met Peter through Samantha. My condolences to you and your family Peter. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Andrew. Wishing you all the strength in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To the Archer Family.....Our condolences for your unexpected loss.
My deepest condolences to the Archer family. I am saddened by your loss and hope that overtime you will be rejoiced by the wonderful memories that you all shared together. I could only imagine the pain and suffering that has suddenly hit you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
No words can be shared that will dull your pain in these days. Be assured that many people are thinking and praying for the Archer family in this time of mourning.
I am deeply saddened and shocked over the tragic loss of your son. I cannot even begin to imagine losing a child and I grieve with you. Wishing you strength in the days ahead. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
I am extremely saddened by the sudden and very tragic loss of your dear son Andrew! My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time and for the very difficult days ahead.
Dianne--I am so sorry to hear and read the news about your son. Andrea emailed and I was stunned to hear that it was your son that the papers were talking about. Words can't express the sorrow I feel for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully your memories of Andrew will in time let you heal. My deepest sympathy to you all Dianne. Sherry Dalliday (Collingwood Ont )
June 23, 2010
We are so sorry about your loss. In the time of sorrow, we should hold on to the good memories and our prayers. And remember to keep the doors of hope open because the happiness is waiting at door to step in.
~Fatemeh Keyvani and Family
I know Andrew Mom because she was a E.A's at Pringle Creek
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
I am so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your beloved son. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and my prayers are with you.
I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the Archer family.
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Archer family for their tragic loss!
I will miss Andy a lot - he was a very good friend to me in the beginnings of high school and my heart goes out to those who are hurting from this tragic loss. His smile, his kindness, his ability to make everyone laugh will be truly missed. Farewell Superman, we will all see you soon.
-Lindsay Cory and Family