We’ve lost a great friend in George Summer who died on Friday morning, January 4 with his wife Maggie at his side. George had a long and successful race car driving career during which he became the all-time winningest driver in Seekonk Speedway history. More important, he was a strong family man and an all-around good guy. He showed Ron Bouchard much of what he knew about racing at Seekonk and Ron took it to five championships. The Bouchards and Summers enjoyed a life-long friendship.
George was a Board member and strong supporter of the museum. His car has been on display in the museum since the day it opened.
In honor of his racing career and his support of the sport, George was one of the first three drivers with a banner hung in the ceiling of the museum to permanently reside there.
Summers’ friends and families packed the funeral home where his wake was held on the Friday night before his funeral. Many waited outside in bitter cold to just get into the building and then waited three or more hours in the line of those who came to express their sympathy to George’s family. Saturday’s funeral filled the large church in Upton which ended with George’s casket being taken to the cemetery in a two-horse wagon. The huge crowds reflected the affection so many felt toward the gentleman racer.