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#1 Noose

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 12:51 PM

Rest in peace, my friend. It was great to have you as a friend.

 

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:07 PM

Very sad news. Rest in peace, my friend.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:11 PM

Rest in peace thoughts and prayers for family and friends!
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:19 PM

No words...

 

Very, very sad!!!


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:28 PM

We'll sure miss you, Ray.

 

Thanks for being a friend.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:37 PM

Thank you, Ray, for all your help and personal kindness, you were as genuine as the work you soldered together. I will take your advice from our last correspondence and grow with it. 

 

RIP. 


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:38 PM

I'll post again when I have more time, but I'll just say we had a lot of good times together and I was honored he stood up for Jackie and my wedding.

RIP, my good friend.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:48 PM

Mere words cannot assuage the loss of some one as special as Ray. Spending time with him at multiple R4s and Sanos you saw how big his heart was. Never did he refuse to help a fellow racer who asked for help, and many times volunteer to help when he saw another struggling. Most times sacrificing his own program to help others. More than many others he embodied the Chicago vibe of a big heart, big shoulders, and can do attitude. He will be greatly missed by me on a personal level and by many, many others.

 

Godspeed, my good friend.  

 

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:57 PM

Ray was a very lucky man to have had friends such as these.
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:04 PM

Will miss a great racer and builder.

 

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:05 PM

Ray was a very nice guy. The first time we met he complimented my Sunoco Lola, which looked good but didn't run so well.

 

Rest in peace, Ray.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:11 PM

It's sunny here in the Atlanta area today for the first time in almost two weeks, but when I heard the new that we'd lost Ray, my day assumed a darkness and a coldness that has nothing to do with the actual weather.

 

Ray and I became friends long before Slotblog was created. It's a little fuzzy in my memory but I'm pretty sure my "TurboFlex Tome" chassis blueprinting instructions were originally written to send to Ray.

 

Gonna miss Ray more than I can communicate... but I'm sure he's enjoying becoming reacquainted with a bunch of his friends at the big raceway in Heaven.

 

Swiss, how's about memorializing Ray in some way at the Sano?


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:31 PM

Raymond was the best. He was always quietly helping someone. His sense of humor was almost always on point.

 

Although I did not know Ray when we were young we did hang out at the same slot car track, the original Parma International on Pearl Avenue.

 

My friend, you will be missed by more than just a few of us. Say hello to the big guy when you meet him


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:42 PM

For once, I have a hard time finding the words.

Rest in Peace, my friend.
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:18 PM

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RIP, Ray.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:19 PM

Some Manta Ray pics my wife got up on Facebook:

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:45 PM

RIP, Ray.
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 04:09 PM

Swiss, how's about memorializing Ray in some way at the Sano?

 
The second annual "Rods and Rails" will be named "The Ray Price Memorial."


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 04:38 PM

RIP, Ray.
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 04:38 PM

Amigos,
 
Very sad day losing Manta Ray Price. I have met him once at the R4. A pure stranger that I was to him, he introduced himself to me and said if you any help just ask. A good guy that we lost today but should be remember in our hearts. Vaya con Dios mi Amigo.
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 04:42 PM

I am very sad to hear this. Ray was very helpful and never expected anything in return.
 
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 04:57 PM

Very sad news... RIP.
 
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 05:05 PM

Last lap and Ray wins... The rest of us are at a loss... RIP.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 05:58 PM

RIP, Ray. :(

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:25 PM

My thoughts and prayers to Ray's family.  May God grant you comfort and peace in your time of loss. 

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:47 PM

RIP, Ray.
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

RIP, Ray. My condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:55 PM

My condolences.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:30 PM

Great guy. Sad news. Rest in peace, Ray.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:34 PM

Ray was a very kind-hearted guy; he will be greatly missed by many. When I started building cars Ray was a great help and answered many silly questions.

God Bless, Ray
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 09:26 PM

Goodspeed, Ray. Thoughts and prayers to Ray's family and prayers to Ray's friends that he touched over the years.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 10:00 PM

So sorry to hear we've lost another friend of the slot racing community! RIP, Ray - God Bless you and your family!
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 10:00 PM

I am deeply saddened to hear of Ray's passing.

 

If the funeral home has an online registry, I hope someone will be kind enough to post a link to it on here.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 10:08 PM

Very sorry to hear. Our condolences to the family from Race O' Rama Hobbies and Raceways (formally J & B Raceways).

RIP, Ray. Now you will be in the great racetrack in the sky with all who we have lost in the slot car community.

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 10:21 PM

We heard the sad news today at Buena Park Raceway and a moment of silence was observed.  

RIP, Ray.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:55 AM

Truly a "salt of the earth kinda guy". Always willing to help out a fellow racer.

Ray had the kindest of hearts. We will miss him a great deal.

You've gone to a better place, my friend.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:14 AM

Saddened to hear of Ray's passing. Enjoyed racing with him. A good guy.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:22 AM

Ray had the kindest soul, always quick with a smile or to lend you a hand. I am privileged that Ray built two special race cars for me that I will treasure to the end.

May God bless you with all his kindness, Ray. You will be dearly missed, my friend.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 02:35 AM

Today, I was privileged to get the call from Ray's wife, who let me know of the sad news... Ray did not suffer, and we at Buena Park took a moment to recognize a great fellow racer, who in the past had contributed to our SCRRA program, and who will never really be gone since many of us had great memories of Ray's sense of humor and his love for slot racing...
 
Thank you, Ray, for the opportunity to be your friend, and you will never be far from us. Please tell Oscar and Pete that we miss them...
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Posted 25 January 2015 - 04:22 AM

RIP, Ray. Godspeed.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 07:55 AM

They say a man's legacy that he leaves behind is recognized by how his friends remember him. It is truly evident that Ray had a lot of friends, and all of them remember him as a man with a warm heart, a man who would help anyone, even a total stranger if need be, and gave this help and friendship with a smile. Truly a good human spirit and a benefactor to our hobby that will be greatly missed.

 

I never had a chance to talk to or meet Ray, but I wish I had been able to. That is my loss and regret.

 

RIP, Mr. Price. Your legacy is a good one. Peace and comfort be with your family at this time. They will be in my prayers.


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 08:19 AM

It's my loss that I never got to meet Manta Ray Price except on here. Many mutual friends in the hobby and many here convey all I need to know about this really cool guy and what he was about. Much reverence and respect your way, Ray, as you receive your reward from our Lord for living a good life. Godspeed.


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:05 PM

Rest In Peace, my friend. You will surely be missed.


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:38 PM

This is one of those things that you hope you wake up from the nightmare and it is not true. Ray and I met several years ago through eBay and then in person at the R4. It was a good friendship for the get-go and we would chat on the phone. I  can't believe I am not going to get any more FB messages saying, "I will call". All I feel is great sadness and a huge loss. I will miss Ray a bunch!...


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 04:34 PM

Ray was one of the great quiet men who taught life lessons and about how things ought to be far more by his actions than by his words. I knew him through racing, where he was never anyone or anything less than the example of kindness, sportsmanship, and one happily in service to his fellow racers. How fortunate his family was to have him as father and husband; and how utterly sad it is for all of us left behind as Ray moves on to his next journey.
 
It is easy to imagine thoughts such as "What would Ray think?" and "How would Ray handle this?" coming naturally to those who knew Ray. That such thoughts will continue to occur now that he has passed is one reliable measure of a truly great man. That news of his passing brought me (and undoubtedly many, many others) to tears is a sign that Ray's greatness was recognized and appreciated, and that it mattered. A lot.
 
Thank you for everything you've meant to me, Ray. Fond memories of you will be with me forever and I will miss you deeply.

To Ray's family, my prayers and an offer of any help that you need. Just ask.
 
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Posted 25 January 2015 - 05:21 PM

I enjoyed racing with Ray at a couple of the IRRL races and the Sano 4, I think. One of those races, Ray was in my corner when I made a move-up. He said that I would not make a second move-up with the Falcon 7 motor and immediately handed me one of his Puppy Dog motors to help me make the next move-up.
 
To my mind, he made the move-up from being a very nice guy to one who is the first to help out an out-of-towner. His generosity affected me greatly; I have tried (and will continue) to honor his character by trying to be that guy wherever I race, so his legacy lives on with each one of us that does the same.
 
Here's to one who modeled great skill, talent, class, and slot racing camaraderie.
 
RIP, my friend.
 
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Posted 25 January 2015 - 05:46 PM

I actually saw this yesterday, but I just didn't know what to say. I have been very fortunate to have raced with Ray on a weekly basis. I had a lot of good times trying to chase him down on both the King and flat tracks.

But the best times were at the Sano. We always seemed to end up in the same heats. We would spend the whole 24 minutes hammering at each other, one trying to get enough ahead of the other to get the move up.

Ray was very instrumental in starting Retro racing in this area, and in recognition of that, I would like to see the Can-Am class on the king at the Sano renamed the Ray Price Memorial. I am sure he would protest, that is the way he was. But I think he deserves this.
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Posted 25 January 2015 - 06:10 PM

:( That is so sad.

Even though I never met Ray personally, he twice came to my rescue when I needed to transfer funds to Swiss via PayPal for some goodies I had bought.

He didn't have to offer me that service - but he did.

A perfect gentleman.  :)



#49 Bernie

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 06:13 PM

Well said, Jim. You have a gift of wordsmith most us will never have.

 

I agree with honoring Ray at the next Sano. He deserves it.

 

I am not ready to post my thoughts about Ray just yet but I will in the next few days.


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 07:35 PM

Luv ya, bud.

 

RIP.  :(

 

Dammit...


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