Recieved and Email from Mark @ Top Fuel Vintage Dragbike ( he is restoring Dick's old Top Fuel single HD) that Top Fuel Legend Dick Prime has passed away. Dick was one of the nations top racers in the late 60's and 70's. He had started on a single Harley Davidson and like many others built a twin engine to keep up with the crowd. I last saw Dick at the 2006 ATCO REUNION and got to spend several hours talking about the old days. He was from Pawtuckett Rhode Island and probably was the most famous Dragbike Racer from that state. He certainly was an easy going guy that was willing to help anyone out. He gave me several tips when I started racing Top Fuel. He is one of the early pioneers that will certainly be missed.
Mr Richard Leroy Prime "Dickie"
Prime, Richard L., ?Dickie? 74 passed away peacefully, Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Home & Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Janice (Parrillo) Prime.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Maxwell and Gertrude Prime.
Richard was employed as a Truck Driver for the Teamsters Local 251 for many years before retiring. He was also a pioneer of Drag Racing in the early 1970?s and earned the name ?New England Flash.?
He is survived by his children, Tracy Alfieri of Pawtucket and Richard Prime Jr. of New Hampshire; and siblings, Sandra Conroy, Steve Prime, Colby and Maxwell Carter. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Joyce Cannone and Robert Prime.
A Service will be held Saturday at 10am in A.A. MARIANI & SON Funeral Home, 200 Hawkins St., Providence. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket. Visiting hours will be held Friday 4-8pm.
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Rest In Peace Dickie!
Hi Dickie was my brother. My name is Colby i will be attending both services and also we will be putting his twin engine street ride in the funeral home for everyone to see. He will be deeply missed by me and my family. I spent alot of time with him over the last few months. He had alot of stories to tell about his days as a racer. I can not tell you how much he meant to me.
I talked with your brother less than a year ago and he was doing good then. I am sorry for you and your family's loss. He was a great guy and an awesome Fuel Bike racer. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Thank You Frank
He did get very ill over tha last 3 months kind of came on quick.
But he was in good spirits most of the time. I am sad to see him go but
i hope he is in a better place and is at rest
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