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Wing Commander (Retired)

April 7, 1924 - Sept. 2, 2012

After 88 great years, Ray passed peacefully at the North Shore Hospice with his wife of 63 years, Lucienne by his side, with close family members and friends nearby. Born in Dauphin, Manitoba, Ray was a horseman who worked hard on the farm, before discovering there was much more he wanted to do with his life. Opening the ''Archer Riding Academy'' at Clear Lake, Manitoba was one of his first business ventures, (1945 - 1959). He had a great passion for riding and showing quarter horses which he shared with his family. He continued to show and own horses even after he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a pilot during WWII. In 1948, after completing his B.Com at UBC (where he met his wife), he returned to the RCAF and served in logistics and personnel in the Air Defence Command, at National Defence headquarters. He retired in Ottawa in 1967 as a Wing Commander. Moving to Vancouver in 1975, he was able to follow his dreams which led him to the RVYC and to sail the South Pacific in his boat ''The Sea Lure''. Ray loved the ocean and in his typical manner, became an expert on sailing. Soon after his 2 year voyage he wrote a book called ''The Seventh Wave''. A great adventurer, skier and traveler - spending many years at Whistler and in Maui at his condo. He was a friend and an inspiration to all who knew him. In 2009, he co authored (Ashley Archer) a book called ''The Archers of Dauphin''.

Responsible, honest and loving, he will be greatly missed by his wife Lucienne Archer, his children Wayne, Denise & Coleen, grandsons Philip (Tamara), Matthew & Dustin and great granddaughter Violet, brother Orville (Shirley), Judy, Clifford, Janet (Joe), Jimmy Archer and cousin Brian (Shirley) Archer. Predeceased by his son Raymond, Ray will be buried in Dauphin where there will be a second memorial service.

To honour and celebrate Ray's life, a memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver. Reception to follow.

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