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In Memoriam

RIP Dick Page




June 12, 2015 the world lost a great guy. Sad for our loss, yet relieved Dick Page has gained his freedom from the body he was trapped in for the past 6 years.

Dick Page
August 11, 1941 – June 12, 2015

The Hot Rod and Custom Car community has lost a great guy today. Dick Page was a true Hot Rodder and Custom Car enthusiast. He build some amazing cars in his career, and made a lot of friends. He knew everybody in the field of Hot Rodding and knew every little detail about all the cars he loved.
I got to know Dick when he contacted me several years ago about the Jimmy Summers 1940 Mercury.  Dick was the caretaker of Jimmy’s old 1940 Mercury for many years and wanted to share his stories about the car. We spend countless of emails talking about this car and many other things. Dick was very generous in sharing his passion and knowledge and was really enjoying being able to communicate with people all over the globe about his car passion.

Dick has been ill for quite some time, while his mind was all set to go, his body did not want to cooperate anymore. He was in quite some pain for a long time, but never complaint.

David Dickinson
I’m happy that he has gained his freedom from the body he was trapped in for the past 6 years

CCC-dick-page-32-ford-jack-butlerPhoto by Jack Butler.

Jack Butler
I am happy his suffering is over but sad for not ever being able to talk to him again, I’m sure I’ll reach for the phone numerous times to call him and then remember I can’t.

Being restricted in moving around, Dick spend a great deal of time behind his computer in the last years. He loved being on Facebook where he made a lot of new friends. Dick was sharing as much of his passion about Hot Rods and Custom Cars as he could. He wanted to give forward all he had learned in his wonderful years.

Thank you very much Dick Page.
Rest In Peace.

Reed the obituary Dick Page has on the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory site.


A Memorial Service will be at Sunset Bible Church at The Station 7909 40th St W University Place 98466 10:00 am Saturday June 20th. Open House following.





Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

6 thoughts on “RIP Dick Page

  • RIP owner / custodian of Jimmy Summers lovely -40 Merc , the custom car culture lives on because of guys like you !

  • I was really hoping to meet Dick Page one day, but I was lucky enough to enjoy many conversations through Facebook about kustoms. Dick Page was a humble guy who loved sharing his experiences and embracing the younger generation, as many people have mentioned. I always got a kick out him sharing something I did on FB because it reinstated that I was on the right path when someone from his generation and time- someone who lived through all of the things we try to emulate from the ’50s- appreciated it. I could have asked a million and one questions about the old days and what he’s seen…thanks Dick Page for sharing your great history with us…RIP

  • I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Page, I had the privilege to have met Dick while stationed at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma Wa. While stationed there in the early 80’s I attended a course on custom autobody and painting, the instructor…Dick Page. I never pursued an autobody repair career, but my love for old cars never left. Now that the world has shrunk considerably thanks to the internet and facebook, I tried to reconnect with folks I knew from the past, this is how I came to find out about Dicks passing. I tell this story to other car buffs often, while living in Lakewood, I attended a car show at Villa Plaza, at the end of the day when it came time for the trophy presentations the MC announced that once again 1st place for best “unfinished” went to Dick Page with his Ford Vicky….Dick went up onto the stage and as they were handing him his trophy he politely said ” I can’t accept this….my car is done”….to which most of the audience busted up laughing. He was asked, aren’t you going to paint it? His reply was “it is painted…..Satin Black”…..I went home and sprayed my 58 chevy panel black primer with a clear coat……thirty plus years later it still has the same primer black paint. Rest in peace Dick, just wish I could have thanked you before you left on your last rod run.

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