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 The worry that we have felt watching Adam struggle has been replaced by a deep feeling of loss that now exists knowing we will never see his smiling face again.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 07, 2015
    Peggy says:
    So many people have expressed my exact feelings about your loving and touching tribute to your son. Know that you and your family are not alone. My son Daniel passed away from a heroin overdose. Our children would never want to hurt us but the addiction took total control of their lives. Know that your powerful words and tribute to your son will help many. I hope you and your family can find peace. It is not easy and life will never be the same but I know that my son would want us to move forward with our lives and try to be happy. Prayers to your family.

  • June 05, 2015
    Rita Damrell says:
    So sorry for your loss may God be with you

  • June 05, 2015
    Scott Wise says:
    I worked with Adam at his Uncle's business and spent a little time with him outside of work as well. He was a young man who reminded me a lot of myself 20 years earlier. His love of music, a special affinity for canine companions and his reckless nearly carefree sense of enthusiasm that masked demons that simmered somewhere near the surface. It's a terrible blow to see someone this young lose his struggle. This is a honest, heartfelt, moving & poignant obituary. It sums up the struggle of the individual and the anguish, hope, and helplessness of the family who experiences the struggle of addiction; while offering encouragement and advice for others facing similar situations. My deepest sympathy to Adam's family and friends

  • June 07, 2015
    Mary Peele says:
    Thank you for sharing Adam. A beautiful son. Prayers with you for peace. Your testimony is priceless.

  • June 09, 2015
    anonymous says:
    My condolences to your family. I do not know you, nor have I met Adam but he sounds like he was a wonderful man. My boyfriend died in August at 27, from a pill overdose. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May you find peace in his memory ❤