Adam Richard Premec

April 23, 1990 - May 30, 2015
Adam Richard Premec


Adam Richard Premec, 25, passed away May 30, 2015.

He is survived by his devoted parents, Peggy L. Premec of Edgewood, KY; Richard J. Premec, Jr. of Ft. Wright, KY; cherished sister, Paige M. Premec of Newport, KY; loving partner of Peggy Premec, Scott McKinley of Edgewood, KY; grandparents Rita and Dick Premec of Youngstown, OH; nephew to 21; cousin to 42; second cousin to 43; his loving pet companion, Kaya; and friend to everyone.

Our charismatic and beautiful son and brother died Saturday from a cardiac arrest caused by a drug overdose.

Adam was raised in a loving home with his parents and his sister Paige, who shared his birthdate. Outwardly, Adam looked like he had it all: intelligence, confidence, beautiful blue eyes, broad smile, fantastic wit, and the ability to engage and forge a relationship with anyone. Adam was such a likeable kid. Inwardly, Adam was sensitive and had struggles that he hid well from his family and friends. We loved Adam with all of our hearts, but we know that was not enough to shield him from this world.

With Adam’s seemingly endless positive traits, he had the potential to be anything, but drugs began to creep into his life while he was in high school. Although Adam could never be completely honest about the trouble he was in, his love and respect for his family became a lifeline over the last few years. He successfully completed drug rehab twice, but the craving that comes from true addiction was more than he could overcome. While we always felt we had some grip on Adam’s issues, his ability to hide and disguise his addiction proved superior to our parental (and sibling) sixth sense. The worry that we have felt watching Adam struggle has been replaced by a deep feeling of loss that now exists knowing we will never see his smiling face again.

To all children, this note is a simple reminder that there are people who love you, with everything they have and no matter what you do – don’t be too afraid, ashamed, scared – too anything – to ask for help.

To all parents, pay close attention to your children and the world that revolves around them – even when the surface is calm, the water may be turbulent just beneath.

Adam’s struggles have ended. He is finally at peace. We love you and miss you dearly.

The Family will be receiving friends Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs, KY from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Covington Catholic (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math endowment at Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY 41011-2797, or (CCAT) Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment at CCATsober.org in memory of Adam Premec.

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  • June 04, 2015
    Karen Linder says:
    Peggy and all, Please accept our sincerest condolences re Adam. I remember him when he was young and he was adorable! I can't imagine how devistated you must be. Please know I will be praying for you during this difficult time.

  • June 04, 2015
    Terry Donovan says:
    my deepest condolences on the loss of your son. Words can never take away the loss but know that you are being wrapped in my loving thoughts, prayers, and admiration for this beautiful and courageous message. I'm certain that Adam would never have wanted you to experience the pain that his addiction has caused had he been able to avoid it. Unfortunately our life on this earth is imperfect, and comes with pain, tragedy and obstacles that cannot always be overcome. You will be with Your son again in God's time, and in a place where pain, addiction, drugs etc. don't exist. Until then he will watch over you. Look for him in the love of your family, friends , and others who care and support you. These beliefs have kept me going for almost 30 years since I lost my first daughter. I hope they might give you some measure of peace!

  • June 04, 2015
    Natalie says:
    My thoughts are with your family. Thank you for having the strength and courage to share your son's tale. Rest in peace, Adam.

  • June 04, 2015
    Sally East says:
    I did to know Adam personally. I am writing to express my gratitude for the beautiful way this obituary is written. Other family members' friends have had to deal with this same situation and could not find the grace to be so open about the struggles their child faced, and could not remember the beautiful child that was still there hidden under the drugs. God bless you for such a beautiful homage to Adam.

  • June 05, 2015
    Kim Flynn says:
    WHY DO WE HAVE TO LOSE ANYONE ELSE?!?!?!