Rodney O. "Nemo" Niedomanski, a Queen Anne's County commissioner, contractor and retired employee of Washington Gas Light Co., died of heart failure Saturday at his Grasonville home. He was 69.
Mr. Niedomanski, a Republican, was elected in 2002 to the Board of Commissioners of Queen Anne's County, where he was conducting a study of emergency medical services, said Joseph F. Cupani, the board's president. "He helped to build relationships and consensus, and he encouraged people," Mr. Cupani said.
Before holding public office, he worked for Washington Gas Light, where he became director of government and public affairs in 1985. There he formed four political action committees and served as vice president of the Maryland PAC. He also testified before the General Assembly and local governments on energy taxes, citizens utility boards and underground utility problems. He successfully lobbied for alternative fuel legislation during the 1993 session of the Maryland legislature.
After 38 years with Washington Gas Light, Mr. Niedomanski retired in 1994 and founded Nemo's General Contracting, building custom homes in Annapolis and Queen Anne's County.
He was a former commissioner for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and had served as a member of the Governor's Energy Task Force.
A native of Washington, Mr. Niedomanski graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1955 and enlisted in the Army. He later received an associate's degree in engineering from Montgomery College.
Mr. Niedomanski was a member of several local chambers of commerce and was secretary of the Maryland-District of Columbia Utilities Association. He also was a past president of the Maryland Jaycees.
His 1956 marriage to Nancy Roberts ended in divorce. In 1987, he married Ruth Littlepage Ritenour of Alexandria, Va. She survives him.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kent Island United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Niedomanski is survived by two sons, Craig Niedomanski of Beltsville and Jeff Ritenour of Crete; three daughters, Tami Niedomanski of Rockville, Diana Poole of Woodbine, and Beth Girone of Spotsylvania, Va.; a twin brother, Robert Niedomanski; and eight grandchildren.