ronald prichard Ronald B. Prichard, of Poughkeepsie NY, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday February 25th, 2024. Ron was born on April 10th, 1939 in Poughkeepsie NY to the late Benjamin and Eleanor Prichard. He is survived by his brother Robert Prichard (Terry) and Ron’s longtime companion, Linda Ciancio as well as Ron’s children and their spouses, Scott and Jessica Prichard, Andrea and Joseph Kirchhoff, his former wife Karen VanWagner Sheer and Lindas sons Brandon and Kelly Ciancio and Judson Ciancio.

He also leaves behind several grandchildren: Kyle Kirchhoff (Kelly), Troy Kirchhoff (Jessica), Samantha Rathjen (Paul), Layla Kirchhoff, Scott B. Prichard, and Gabrielle E. Prichard as well as three great grandchildren William Kirchhoff, Elle and Emma Kirchhoff and one nephew Brian Prichard.

Ron was a 1957 graduate of Arlington High School and from there joined the US Army and served as an Honor Guard in Washington DC, including duties as a guard to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. From there he went on to join the family garden center business before founding Dutchess Recreational Vehicles and a splinter affiliate in Newburgh NY. After Ron sold his businesses, he pursued his true talent and passions which were taking difficult restoration projects and turning them into true works of art. His focus was on turn of the century automobiles and engines which slowly evolved into custom vintage motorcycles. Ron’s love of speed often found him on the Hudson River enjoying one of the many offshore race boats he took a fancy to as well as motorcycle and snowmobile racetracks around the country.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing our dad knew he was a man of many talents, skills and a wealth of information. He loved his children and family immensely and his persona radiated a feeling of safety and security for those he touched. He will be greatly missed by all.