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Announcement Of Rodney Archer’s Funeral

December 5, 2015
by the gentle author

Rodney Archer‘s funeral will take place at Christ Church, Spitalfields at noon on Wednesday 16th December, preceded by a procession from 31 Fournier St. All are welcome to attend. No flowers please but instead donations can be made to Spitalfields Crypt Trust or Suited & Booted.

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So Long, Rodney Archer

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  1. December 5, 2015

    When I learned of the passing of Rodney Archer, I felt so sad. He was such an interesting man ~ such a rich and artistic soul. I did not have an opportunity to meet him as I am an ocean away, but through the video you included above, I now feel I have.

    By frequenting your written and visual portraits on the residents of Spitalfields, I surely fell in love with Mr. Archer’s beautiful soul and the aesthetically eclectic home he treasured … and oh, his cherished mantle piece that once belonged to Oscar Wilde. I so wish I could be there to attend his funeral and to honor his remarkable life. ~ What a truly rare person he was.

    ~ Thank you so much for bringing attention to this special cinematic portrait of him. ~

  2. December 5, 2015

    Loved seeing the video again, Rodney will be sorely missed. Valerie

  3. December 5, 2015

    A touching insight into a very sensitive soul. The house and garden were an amazing project and I hope whoever has the good fortune to buy the house respects its spirit as Rodney did.

  4. December 5, 2015

    Thank you for introducing us to Mr. Archer.

    And I hope someone can purchase his home and let it be the companion to Dennis Severs’ home nearby.
    Such a shared love of history and creativity is sure to bring more attention to what must be saved in Spitalfields.

  5. kristine dillon permalink
    December 6, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this video. What a lovely soul Mr. Archer must have been. I wish I could have known him. As I watched this video and listened to him speak about his Uncle Percy, he stated, ” I feel a sadness that I never met him.” I too feel this about Rodney, a sadness that I never met him. I can only imagine how much his friends miss him.

  6. December 6, 2015

    What a truly wonderful video of Rodney Archer’s life you gave us yesterday. I’m so glad it was made and shared. Like other people who replied, I also felt as if he was a good friend of mine (what a lovely voice he had ~ I’d love to have been to his stage shows) and, sadly, now he’s gone to the happy hunting grounds, we’ll never meet. Thank you GA, glad you’re still here, sarah mcX

  7. Kendra Natoli permalink
    December 7, 2015

    What a lovely lovely and moving pastiche and tribute to Rodney and his love of people, of life, of his home and city. His beautiful voice and wonderful way of expressing himself brings me back to the wonderful year I spent as a student of his. He created his own haven, his own heaven on earth and his affection and reverence for Spitalfields and its people is so tender. Thank you for sharing this. He will be sorely missed, I know his spirit will carry on at 31 Fournier. I hope Rod is happy in the “Happy Hunting Grounds” = perhaps he’s taking a ride in a birch bark canoe on sparkling Canadian waters, listening to the spring birds and breathing in all the richness of the frosty air and sunshine. God bless him and again, thank you to Gentle Author and all Rodney’s friends and associates who have shared so much about him over the years in this blog. Wish I could join you on 16th, but will be there in spirit. Miss you Rodney!! Thank you for all you gave!!

  8. Annie S permalink
    December 7, 2015

    What a great film – on watching it I realised I was lucky enough to have had the pleasure of visiting his garden this summer as part of the NGS Open Day.

    He sounds such a lovely man and great character – I am sure your spirit will rest in peace in your lovely garden Rodney.

  9. Eric Elstob permalink
    December 16, 2015

    So long Rodney! Meet you in Heaven!

  10. Ricardo Cinalli permalink
    December 16, 2015

    Bye bye, my dear friend!

  11. Martha Harron permalink
    December 16, 2015

    It was a beautiful funeral for a – in every sense – gorgeous man. The speeches by his sister Elayne and his friend Basil Comely were fantastic. Thank you so much for all the wonderful Rodney content on this website, Gentle Author.

  12. Anna Harwich permalink
    February 22, 2016

    How lovely to discover this charming film as sadly, I only learned of Rodney’s death yesterday when I opened my Equity magazine.

    Rodney and I saw each other a few months ago. We had known each other for years as fellow tutors and I had also enjoyed working with him as a student before that.
    He had invited me to go and see him when I was next in London and although ostensibly I was going to look at his Oscar Wilde collection, we enjoyed ourselves so much chatting and drinking tea that I never did get to see it as I had to catch my train. He wanted my address which I gave him and did wonder if he’d received my card as I didn’t hear back from him. I now know why…..

    I hope that the house and the love and the care that he put into it will remain as a testament to him and to his mother.

  13. Pete Garrett permalink
    May 17, 2020

    I just found this in my computer history and am so glad it is still a live page. How lovely it was to hear Rodney chat about the area and his house, but mainly just to hear Rodney. I hope many things, that this 15 minutes of Rodney contonies to remain, that his Archer tiles are where he wanted them to be, that the new owners of his house did not brush away all the cobwebs, and his hunting ground is extremely happy.

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