A fundraiser has been launched to help the family of a ‘kind and lovely’ dad-of-two who tragically died at a construction site in Ramsgate this week.
David Archer, known as Ogga to family and friends, was working late at the Spitfire Green development off New Haine Road on Tuesday (November 14) when he suffered fatal injuries in an accident.
Family friend Jessica Tregunno said working evenings and weekends to support his family was typical of David.
On a fundraising page that she has set up to help David’s partner of 20 years Rachel and their two young children, Jessica says: “The loveliest, kindest and most caring man that you will ever meet was taken from us way too soon on Tuesday 14th November.
“Ogga, was working late, he was always working hard for his family. Evenings, weekends, anything he could possibly do to build towards a better future for him and his family.
“Dave and Rachel met many years ago, when they were just teenagers – childhood sweethearts. Which led them to become partners of 20 years.
“Everyone who knows Rach and Ogs, knows they have always been inseparable, their love for one another shined through. Such a strong and solid couple who would face everything together. So long as they had each other, they could achieve anything.”
David and Rachel have two children, Jack who is 9 and Poppy who turned 5 last week.
Jessica added: “We celebrated Poppy’s birthday at Butlins with everyone. We all feel extremely lucky to have spent that time together, to have made some more amazing memories to look back on, not realising how precious they would end up being.
“Dave loved his family beyond belief, everything he was working towards was for his family. Everyone who knew Ogga, would always praise him, he was spoken so highly of. He truly was a one of a kind.
“He adored his friends, showed us all nothing but pure love. He looked out for all our children as though they were his own. Everyone always wanted Uncle Ogs at the party.
“He would go out of his way to help others, he always put the effort in. He would brighten up our days just by being there. His cheeky little smile and contagious laugh, his silly little one liner jokes that would have everyone belly laughing.
“With so many future plans, so much more he was aiming to do.. so much more love to give, a wedding that they had always been dreaming of.
“But his plans and the bright future he had envisioned with his family and friends has been cut short. A tragic accident happened whilst he was at work.
“That evening at 7pm, as he walked out the door to go to work and finish a job, he hugged his babies and told them he loved them.
“Jack and Poppy said ‘see ya later Dad, love youuuu’, Rachel told him she loved him and as he always would say ‘love you babe’.
“Ogga never came home.”
The fundraising page has been set up to help towards funeral costs and to help support Rachel and the children as they deal with their huge loss.
A target of £5000 had been set but a swell of support has already seen that figure more than trebled.
Kent Police was called to a report that a worker had suffered injuries at a Barratt David Wilson Homes/Spitfire Green site off New Haine Road, Ramsgate at 10.30pm on 14 November.
The Health and Safety Executive has been notified.
A spokesperson for Barratt David Wilson Kent said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that an individual working at our development in Manston passed away yesterday.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and co-workers. We are supporting the teams on the site and relevant authorities as they investigate what happened.”