Richard W. Prem

richard prem

September 24, 1928 ~ August 8, 2023

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Richard W Prem


Greece:  Was the son of Louis and Bessie Prem and was preceded in death by his brother Robert.  Dick was a Veteran of the US Marine and served during the Korean War. He was a founding member of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Greece NY and a Member of Holy Cross Church in Rochester NY.  He was an active member of the Barnard Fire Department and served as their head photographer for many years. He was employed for 35 years at the Eastman Kodak Company and completed his career there in the Corporate Advertising Department, retiring in 1986.

He is survived by wife of 70 years, Cosma Viva Prem; his children, Susan, Terry (Mary), Richard J and Daniel (Kellsie); his five grandchildren, Kyle (Dana) Tyler (Jillian) Abigail, Allison and Anthony.

Funeral services will be privately held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to the Barnard Fire Department or the association of choice. For more information or to sign Richard’s online guestbook, please visit

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Richard W. Prem 's name.

Barnard Exempt Organization

360 Maiden Lane, Rochester, NY 14616

Memories Timeline


  1. Sending our heartfelt condolences and prayers. When I was Fire Chief, during a major incident you looked over your shoulder and there was Dick taking pictures. They were always great and he knew what he was doing. We were able to use them to review our operations and improve our service back to the community. Also he was a kind and generous person. We thank him for his service to our great nation. He was one of kind!!!!! His memory will live forever, God Bless !!!!!

  2. Dear Cos and family,
    As you know, Dick and I were great friends over many years. He was a dedicated husband, father grandfather and a loyal friend. In addition, he was a proud Marine and a great patriot. He also cooked a great lunch on trips to the Buffalo Bills games. At this sad and difficult time you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Tom Lunn

  3. Dear Cos and family,
    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Cheryl Rissberger

  4. The Veterans Outreach Center extends our deepest sympathy in Richard’s passing.
    We acknowledge and are truly grateful for his service to our country.

  5. The highlight of the Barnard Carnival every year was to go to the sausage booth and be greeted by Dick! He was always smiling, inquiring about my family & bragging about his. Dick gave the greatest hugs around. Cos was one lucky woman!

    As you look to the skies & see flashes of light, rest assured knowing Dick just captured another great picture. Jimmy, Katelyn & I will miss you, Dick. Rest in peace until we meet again. Karen Gallagher

  6. I knew Dick when, for many years he was our bus driver/tour escort for the NY Life Underwriters Association annual week long “Appleknockers Sales Caravan” covering Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. He was consistently gracious and competent making sure every travel detail was handled.
    We had many wonderful chats. He was wise, kind and inciteful; a truly wonderful man.

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