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Dr. John K. Primeau

August 20, 2014

Dr. John K. Primeau

VENICE, FL - Dr. John K. Primeau, PhD, age 74, passed peacefully in his sleep after a long happy life in Rhode Island and Florida. Born in 1939 on Halloween night in Pawtucket, RI, to Melvina and Alphonse Primeau. John was the youngest of 5 children with 4 older sisters (Ellen Quinn, Delores Correia, Dorothy Iandoli, Joan Coleman). He attended St. Raphael's Academy and entered Providence College on an Army ROTC scholarship as a Physics major. It did not take very long for him to realize that a degree in German language was his true calling. After earning a Masters at UT Austin, he served his commission as a 1st Lt. survey officer the US Army 80th Artillery in Frankfurt Germany. His initial assignment was to straighten up 3rd Battalion whose poor aim had accidentally blown up their own mess tent. Within a short time his unit was entrusted with the nuclear capable Honest John missile system. Under orders to reduce the cost to the Army for tank maneuver damage in the forest, his solution was arrange a regular beer delivery to the town burgemeister. The general was impressed and assigned John to take his wife into town on shopping trips in the Jeep while John "waited" in the rathskeller.
In 1963 he married Kathleen (Hennessey) and settled in Pawtucket, RI. They raised 4 children (Anne Primeau-Faubert, Mike Primeau, John "Jay" Primeau, and Jennifer Welliver). He started a 40 year career as German Language Professor and teaching Western Civilization to several generations of PC students. He earned his German PhD in1972 from Boston College, and was chosen as a Fullbright scholar to continue studies in German. He was an avid fan and ticket holder for the PC Friars basketball team. Sitting in his center court seats, he could often be heard giving "suggestions" to the referees.
In addition to his children, he is survived by 3 grandchildren, Casey and Jack Primeau of Fremont, CA and Patrick Welliver of Douglas, MA.
He will be buried with military honors in the Sarasota Veterans Cemetary. Funeral service will be private.
To all of John's friends and loved ones, "Ein Prosit!"

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