In Memorandum; Ed Richer A Racing Father
July 21, 2017 (Fultonville, NY) – Last Sunday night as the evening wound down and pits nearly empty following another successful night at the fastest ¼ mile on dirt a distress call went out requesting an ambulance on the hill for a possible serious situation involving Limited Sportsman competitor Dave Richer’s father Ed.
Dave Richer has a long history at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, as he earned his racing stripes in a cage kart during his go-karting days. With his brother Bud by his side they raced their way to wins and championships all with the support and knowledge shared by their father Ed Richer.
While the family moved out of state to North Carolina for some years, they recently moved back after learning their sister had fallen ill. Wendy ultimately passed on one year ago hitting the Richer clan hard.
With their passion for racing they decided it was time to get back into the swing of it, as to bond their family together for a cause. They purchased a 2008 Bicknell Sportsman Modified car to compete at Glen Ridge, their home track.
Sunday night as the Richer family repaired a broken shock tower on the 318 and prepared to load it in the trailer, David and Bud’s father Ed screamed out and fell down. The Richer brothers including close friend Justin quickly rushed to his side to see what had happened and try to help, but Mr. Richer was non responsive.
Jeremy Miller a track staff member and Pro Stock champion Nick Stone rushed over to help comfort and perform CPR on Ed Richer until EMT’s arrived. Track promoters Mike Parillo and Ray Sefrin also jumped in to assist. They quickly began transporting Ed, however he had succumbed to a heart attack and passed away.
For the second time in a year the Richer family has suffered the loss of a loved one. From everyone at ‘The Ridge’ we send our deepest condolences. Many thoughts and prayers are with Limited Sportsman competitor Dave Richer, his brother Bud, and their entire family.
This Sunday during intermission there will be a presentation and moment of silence for Ed Richer, a racing father whose last moments were spent with his boys doing what they knew as a family. #TheRidge