Lester Michael Archer

We are heartbroken at the loss of Lester Michael Archer at age 74. He passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in his home with his two daughters (Christina Wright and Teresa Archer) by his side and with the love and prayers of friends and family. We grieve for our amazing dad, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend to all who knew him. His kind, fun, generous, loving, intelligent nature will forever remain in our hearts and his influence will live on through his children and four grandsons (Brandon, Jesse, Timothy and Adam). He lived life to the fullest with his beloved wife of over 52 years, Sandi (predeceased), and he is proud to leave his legacy here on earth.

Special thanks to the VIHA palliative care and home support teams and 811 nurse, Bernice, who provided emotional support and advice to Les, Terri, and Christina through the two weeks of  palliative care as a result of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He is forever in our hearts.

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  1. Our love and condolences to you all. Uncle Les was such an important support to our family and he is dearly missed.

  2. Les was like a father to me. I’m truly blessed to have known him. He was so very supportive and an amazing grandfather. I will miss him dearly. Our deepest condolences.

  3. Diane (Phillips) Penner

    Uncle Lester was such a gentle soul and one of my very favorite uncles. My heart goes out to you my cousins, Christina and Teresa, as I know how he has been a wonderful and loving father and grandfather He will be missed. Hugs to you both.

    • Teresa (Terri) Archer

      Thank you Diane. It is heartwarming to hear the very kind and complimentary comments coming in about dad. He really was one of the great ones all around. We are so fortunate to have grown up with such love, playfulness, good nature, learned independence and all around goodness that both my parents provided to us and the grand kids. They will live on through us for certain.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about “Pa” passing away. He always seemed to have a way to see the good in situations. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see him smiling, or at least smirking. I always appreciated how your dad made me feel welcome. Now that I have teenagers of my own I appreciate more and more the kindness, sense of humour and positiveness of several people; Pa was one of those few. Best wishes to both you. Always, John.

  5. What an amazing person Les was, I feel so lucky to have been a part of his life. Les always made me feel like a part of the family and always had a welcoming smile. He was a giving and thoughtful man who will be greatly missed. Les will forever be in our hearts. Hugs and Love, Amanda

  6. Echoing Di’s message – Uncle Les was my favorite too! I remember how you guys welcomed me into your home to live with you when I was in university and he was always so hospitable, making sure I had all I needed, including the occasional dad-ish chat with just the two of us in his office space. He was a kind, loving and devoted family man through and through. And a coupon-clipper too, if I recall correctly?! So personable, always making an effort for others. I’m sorry for your loss, dear cousins. A dad like yours is very special indeed. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all of us. When I read that he was ready to go, to join Auntie Sandi, I knew it was true and that he now is resting in peace. Bless you all, may you have the strength and good memories needed to carry you through this difficult time of transition to a place of peace and joy deep within. All my love, cousin Kelly

  7. Maureen and Arianne Stevenson

    A Life Taken Too Soon! Uncle Les LOVED his Life, his Daughter’s, his Gradson’s and his beautiful new home. Ari and I feel honoured to have had shared a recent Covid-safe, in-person visit with him about a month ago, and a phone chat 2 weeks ago when I told him what a truly good man and wonderful person he is. My mom and I also got to enjoy a Chinese dinner with him in his breathtaking new home where we could see how he had made a beautiful new life for himself after losing Sandy, the love of his life. What a trooper! Words to describe Uncle Les are Kind, Optimistic, Intelligent and Tenacious. Ari shared with her Great Uncle Les, that he was such a positive role model and inspiration for her and how she admired his innate ability to care about others even when he was faced with life shattering circumstances. We will never forget his smile! He was so much fun at my Mom’s 88th birthday celebrating with champagne in a limousine, looking at Christmas lights. I know how much my Mom (Anne) loved her baby brother Les! It brings me to tears thinking about their loving sibling relationship which lasted his life. Our hearts are with Christine, Terry and their son’s during this time. We know you went above and beyond to advocate for every possible treatment. My apologies for not sharing sooner but I just had surgery on my broken nose and shed many tears of your loss.. However,I am smiling now as we can all learn something so important from Uncle Les! The gifts of kindness and unconditional love he shared! Uncle Les created and leaves a Positive Legacy for all that were blessed and honoured to have him in our lives! We will never forget him…..
    Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do, or if we can provide support during the emotions you are feeling at this time.
    Our deepest sympathy and love always,
    Maureen and Ari xoxo

  8. I was fortunate to spend many hours with uncle Les in the past two years walking and talking. He had an enthusiasm for life. He was genuinely interested in my family and how we were doing. We compared notes on books and we introduced each other to some of our favourite authors. He loved the location and view from his final home on the Songhees. He enjoyed walking the inner harbor and his condo was the start and finish to all our walks. Uncle Les was closer in age to me than he was my mom (Florence – his eldest sister). I felt he was more an older brother to me rather than an uncle.
    He will be truly missed, Hugs cousin Rob

  9. I was visiting my mom (Kathie) yesterday and she was so surprised and saddened to learn of her brother’s passing. She’s not the most computer savvy so I think she’s expressed her condolences the old fashioned way by phone and mail. She’s thinking of you Chris and Terri. I was thinking how fortunate we have all been to have so many large family gatherings over the years. Very special. Love to you all.

  10. Someone So Special Will Never Be Forgotten!

    Les was always a great brother to Anne and a wonderful uncle who was always so genuine, caring and loved to laugh. We have so many fond memories that we will always cherish.

    Mom and I always kept in communication with Les even up to his passing. Anne loved her “little Les”. He was a caring and supportive brother, a best friend who she loved to go for lunch or an ice cream with and a great confident.

    May his wonderful Soul Rest In Peace with his beautiful wife Sandi!

    Our hearts are with the family through these challenging times and your Auntie Anne said it best…
    “We wish oodles and oodles of Love to Terri, Christine and their families.”
    Anne, Erin, Heinz and Savanna xo xo xo xo

  11. Dear dad, on this special weekend that would have been your 75th birthday yesterday and Mother’s Day today, we celebrated with a Chinese food dinner as you used to so enjoy. I miss you dad, you and mom, so very much this weekend and often. We are all doing well and staying strong and connected as we continue to manage in this pandemic which keeps us apart physically. I hope you and mom are enjoying peace and laughter together again. I love you both today and always.

  12. Terri Archer (Daughter)

    Covid has delayed our memorial service/celebration of life event for my dad, but we will have one to honour him, as he so deserves. He was a loyal and loving husband, kind and generous father, compassionate and committed grandfather, a well loved little baby brother to his 9 siblings, and a respected and appreciated colleague, teammate and coach to many. He is missed every day and will be honoured for the wonderful life he lived and shared with so many others.

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