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4/15/11

Obituary for Albert F. Premo Jr.


Albert F. Premo Jr. of Oak Bluffs died on Nov. 30 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was born in Springfield to Albert F. and Estelle Premo on Oct. 27, 1932. He grew up in the nearby Massachusetts town of Wales. At the age of 16 he attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Upon leaving the Naval Academy he was drafted and spent two years in the U.S. Army. He then went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master's degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Sussex College of Technology. In 1962 he met and married Evelyn M. (Schwabauer) Premo and they raised two children together. In 1970 he and his family moved to the Washington, D.C., area where he worked for the Department of the Navy for the next 17 years as an electrical engineer. Al loved fishing and in the early 1980s discovered the wonderful fishing on Martha's Vineyard. For the next several years he vacationed with his family here and eventually moved here permanently in 1989. He loved spending his winters in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for both the warmth and to be near his son. Al was a familiar figure on Martha's Vineyard, marching in all the various parades each year. He was active in the American Legion, an active member of the Surfcasters Association and enjoyed attending the Soirée Francaise. Everybody recognized his red Jeep driving around looking for good fishing spots. He is survived by his son Steve Premo and daughter in law Karen of Fort Mill, S.C.; his daughter Susan Dostal and son in law Skip of Vineyard Haven; his three grandchildren, Lauren, Kyle and Julia Dostal, all of Vineyard Haven; his sister Alberta Sebolt and brother in law Al George of Wales; his sister Catherine and brother in law Patrick Haley of Brimfield; two nephews, Patrick Haley of Brimfield and Christopher Sebolt of Oxford; and two nieces, Kathleen Haley and Margaret Haley, both of Brimfield. He is also survived by his former wife, Evelyn Premo, who was selflessly by his side in his final days. He was buried in a private ceremony and will be remembered at a memorial service on the Island at a date to be announced later. Donations in his name may be made to the Tisbury Senior Center or the Disabled American Veterans organization.

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