OBITUARY

Archer, Anthony Edward

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Edward Anthony Archer was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 9, 1937. He became the loving husband of Maria Pia Guzzardi of San Demetrio, Calabria, Italy on April 15, 1972, whom he met at the International Center in New York, a social service organization for young foreigners in New York City, where he was a volunteer and she a member. He proposed to her two weeks after they met. Their wedding took place at Our Lady of Pompeii R.C. Church on Carmine Street in New York. 

The couple eventually moved from Brooklyn to Closter, NJ in 1977. They were the doting parents of Jane and Nancy and the proud grandparents of Hector and Christian. Edward was the brother of his cherished sister, Irene Andron, the mother of Robert, Lawrence, Laura, Suzanne and Edward.

Edward served proudly in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1958-1960 as a personnel clerk. In 1964, he received a B.A. degree in Social Sciences from St. John’s University in New York and became employed as a social worker for the NYC Department of Welfare and later for the New York Foundling Hospital for about three years. In 1972, he produced a 16mm sound film entitled “And Don’t Forget Us,” for the Angel Guardian Home in Brooklyn, which aimed at recruiting new foster parents. The film was shown to CBS News in New York, which led Edward to the position of film and video editor for the 60 Minutes program where he worked until retiring in 1999.

He had gradually developed an interest in film and TV during the late 40s, when he attended numerous weekend free live radio and TV shows in New York with a childhood friend. One day he met Daily News columnist Ed Sullivan who was host of CBS TV’s weekly variety show, “Toast of the Town,” who invited him to a dress rehearsal of the show. Edward fell in love with TV and film-making--a passion he cultivated and inspired others with all of his life.

During his daughters’ early school years in Closter, Edward had volunteered at Closter’s Hillside Elementary School as a teacher for its weekend “Saturday Workshop” program where he taught film making to pre-teen students. He was elected to the Closter Board of Education in 1983. He later served as Chairman of the Closter Borough’s Board of Ethics. 

Eddie was also a devoted Catholic and active in his local parish of the Church of St. Mary and devotee of The Blessed Mother. He died peacefully on the Feast of Her Assumption, Saturday, August 15th, 2020.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 48 years, Maria Pia (nee Guzzardi) daughters Jane Archer and Nancy Archer, and grandsons Hector Cabrera and Christian Cabrera. 

Viewing at Moritz Funeral Home in Closter on Thursday, August 20th from 6-8pm.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, guests are asked to please wear masks and gloves if possible and to maintain social distancing.

Requiem Mass at will be held Friday, August 21st, 10am (Eastern Standard Time) at the Church of St. Mary.

Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer's Assocation would be appreciated (www.alz.org).

The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed from the St. Mary’s facebook page and available for viewing for 48 hours following the ceremony: https://www.facebook.com/stmarycloster/