Former Barrie Mayor Ross Archer, who was at the helm of the city for more than a decade, has died.

Archer, who was born in Barrie and served as mayor from 1977 to 1988, died on Nov. 5, at the age of 92.

After joining the army in 1945, Archer would kick off his political career as an alderman in 1968 and would serve the city in various capacities for 44 years. The owner of R.A. Refrigeration, Archer was also a longtime member of Burton Avenue United Church. He also served as Barrie Hydro Holdings Inc. chair during the merger with PowerStream.

“We were saddened to hear of the passing of this significant figure in our city’s history,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. “Ross’ accomplishments as mayor helped build Barrie into the city it is today. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

During his tenure as Barrie mayor, Archer led the downtown revitalization, Centennial Park extension along the waterfront and the new city hall opening in 1985.

To honour the former mayor, the flags at Barrie city hall were flown at half-mast.

Archer was married to wife Marie for 70 years and was the father of Elaine (Frazer), David (Nancy) and the late Catharine.

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