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Thousands of bikers honor legacy of Ray Price

Posted December 20, 2015 6:52 p.m. EST

— Motorsports legend and North Carolina icon Ray Price was laid to rest Sunday with friends paying tribute to a man known for his kind heart and tremendous impact on the community.

A Sunday afternoon memorial service for Price, who died in his sleep on Wednesday, felt more like a big party than a traditional viewing.

“It’s a celebration of his life. He has a legacy. He’s been good to the community, been good to the people,” said friend Tim Lamare.

Those who knew him best said it was fitting that the visitation was held at his Ray Price Harley-Davidson dealership on S. Saunders Street in Raleigh. On display was the life of an iconic racer and businessman.

Price was known for his commitment to charity, yet his story is best told by those who knew him best.

“He would walk up, shake your hand, and he remembered everybody,” said friend, Jamie Emery.

“He was a friend to everybody,” added friend, Robert Wilson. “He was a big pillar for the community. He’s done a lot for people around here.

On Sunday, Price got what friends saw as a fitting sendoff, with his daughter riding his motorcycle. An escort with thousands of bikers across the country escorted Price to a funeral service at the Red Hat Amphitheater that honored his service, his passion, and the personality that made Price so special.

“I think it would have made him very happy,” said Price’s daughter, Robin.