ALBURGH - Armand Premo, age 96, a longtime resident of Alburgh went to be with his wife and son on July 14, 2023 at his home.
He was born on August 29, 1926 to the late Henry & Marilda (Benoit) Premo. Armand grew up in Burlington and served in the U.S. Army at 17 years old during World War II. After returning from the War he married Elaine, and they had a son, David.
Armand was a fascinating man with many sides to his personality. As a man dedicated to the education system, he was always concerned with the well being of all students. Even after he retired, he promised himself that he would "Keep his nose out of it" but would occasionally "gripe" about it to those close to him. He was loved by former students and a few classes invited him to their high school reunion, which he attended just last month.
He was an avid model railroader and amassed a collection of model engines, and cars. He would also hand craft buildings and cars to add to his already elaborate layout. The Rutland Railroad was his specialty and he continued to construct to scale, local rail road related buildings, the most recent being the Alburgh grain shed which was near completion before his death.
Armand's greatest passion of course was his family. Being a private man, he didn't talk about them at great lengths but the stories he did share were filled with love and fond memories.
He is survived by his granddaughter, Beth Premo and her partner; two nieces, Darlene Worden, and Kim Sweeney; and many friends, former students, and colleagues. In addition to his parents, Armand was predeceased by his wife, Elaine; their son, David; sister, Pauline Sweeney, and his niece, Donna.
Armand did not want a public funeral and to honor his wishes he will be laid to rest privately in the Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington. A celebration of his life will be held on August 26, 2023 at 11 AM at the Alburgh American Legion Post 60 to celebrate what would be his 97th birthday. It will also be a chance to honor a man that was so deserving.
He embraced life right up to the end. Three weeks before he died, he went to Washington D.C. with his friend and fellow veteran, Phil Pearo, for the Honor Flight. He was so humble that he didn't feel he deserved the accolades and that there were others who deserved it more, but he went and had a wonderful time.
For those who wish, contributions in Armand's memory may be made to Alburgh Rescue, 60 Firehouse Rd, Alburgh, VT 05440.
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