Richard L. Archer
Richard L. Archer
Richard L. Archer, (Dick, PD, Grandad, Reds, Dr. Dick) of Columbus peacefully passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, with his daughter Valerie holding his hand, at theMasonic Home of New Jersey in Burlington. He was 74.
Dad had been sick since Christmas and on March 18, he went to Virtua Memorial Hospital. We would find out that a medicine he had been put on in May 2013 for his heart had started damaging his organs to the point of non-repair. On April 13, he was taken to the Masonic Home to try and do some rehabilitation but unfortunately his body was tired from the fight he had given to get better.
Dad was a graduate of Bordentown High School and the Bordentown Military Institute. He was Past Chief and Administrator of the Mansfield Township Ambulance Corps and Past Chief of the Franklin Fire Company. Dad and Mom were volunteers for the Ambulance Squad for many years and would answer calls at all times of the day and night. He was one of the first NJ Certified Paramedics in 1977, serving Burlington County through 2006 when he retired from Virtua Health Systems.
Dad was one of Mr. Amerada Hess, Hess Oil Co., personal pilots and as Mr. Hess got older he flew as his personal paramedic as well as pilot. When dad had his heart attack in flight in 1999 and landed in Cedar Rapids Iowa and had a quadruple by-pass Mr. Hess sent his private plane to pick us up and take us
He was President of Burlington County First Aid Council from 2000 to 2007,
where he was also an AHA & EMT Instructor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years (April 7, 1957), Dorothy A. (Flurer) Archer; Richard Archer (son), Gail (daughter-in-law) and Julius and Nicholas (grandsons), Carol Archer (daughter), Sierra (granddaughter) and Lily and Haven (great grand daughters), Dakota (grandson), Valerie Belardo (daughter), Angelo (son-in-law), Angelo III and Nico (grandsons), Diane Archer Snyder (favorite daughter), Jeff (son-in-law), Croix (grandson), David Archer (son), Laura (daughter-in-law), Hunter and Haylei (grandson and grand daughter), Dawn Richardson (daughter), Greg (son-in-law), Zachary and Ryan (grandsons). His brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Jean Archer, and his nieces, Rebecca and Andrea and their children. His brother-in-law, Jack Flurer, and his niece, Michelle Flurer and nephew, Christopher Flurer, and their children. He was preceded in death by his brother, Milton Leon Archer and his sister, Patricia Spencer.
Our father was an amazing, kind, giving, intelligent, funny, loving man whose life touched many people across the world. We were lucky to have had him in our life and are eternally thankful for all of the many friends he made during his lifetime.