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 The worry that we have felt watching Adam struggle has been replaced by a deep feeling of loss that now exists knowing we will never see his smiling face again.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 05, 2015
    Lynne says:
    To Adam's Family, I do not know you, now did I know Adam but I wanted to say how incredibly sad I am at reading his obituary. Many of us share your story, some with a happier ending, some not. But it is in the speaking up that we an make a difference. I applaud your courage and love for remembering Adam as honestly and beautifully as you did. I believe Adam would want you to have some peace even as you are in such pain. With great respect, Lynne Lefebvre.

  • June 05, 2015
    Diane Ruarl says:
    Peggy and Family, So sorry for your loss of this beautiful young man. May God give you peace in this time of sorrow! Love Diane Ruark

  • June 05, 2015
    Julie Oldfield says:
    I remember young Adam hitting baseballs into our yard and then he would have his little sister go under the fence to retrieve them all. I am so sorry for what you and many others are dealing with, the loss of young lives to addiction. May God give you strength...

  • June 09, 2015
    Deborah says:
    I do not know Adam or your family but i am praying for you all as you go through this heart wrenching time. I really appreciate you openess to this addiction and you are right, it can help another person. My son has had an addiction for quite a few years and is currently in jail for violation of probation and even though you do not want your children to go through this, it is a blessing that he is in jail and is sentenced to jail treatment and to go to another facility in Warren Ohio for 4-6 mos. That is my worst fear about addiction is he will not make it but people need to know that they are not bad people they need love and understanding because it is a constant battle. It is bad in the Cleveland and surrounding areas in Ohio also, but i see it is all over the US. I will be praying for your family, God Bless You and Please pray for my son Tim. Thank you.

  • June 05, 2015
    HELEN COKE says:
    THIS OBIT REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART! I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS! I HAVE TO SHARE BECAUSE A SIMILAR SITUATION HAPPENED TO ME 19 YRS AGO! MY 16 YR OLD SON WAS AN ADDICT! HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE BY PUTTING A SHOT GUN IN HIS MOUTH & PULLING THE TRIGGER, I FRONT OF ME!! SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS ,MOSTLY TO THE ONES THAT HE LEFT BEHIND TO LIVE WITH HIS DECISION TO USE & LOSE HIS LIFE! I STILL SUFFER WITH THAT MEMORY THE MOST!