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Augusta’s utilities director dies after bout with COVID-19

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 11:04 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Augusta’s utilities director passed away Wednesday night after a battle with COVID-19.

City officials were told Tom Wiedmeier, 59, passed away after contracting the virus in July.

Wiedmeier was a well-known and respected member of city government through his work in the utilities department.

“Tom was a beloved team member, and his commitment to the Augusta community will continue to be an inspiration to those who have worked with him over the years,” a statement from the city said. “Tom’s family is in our thoughts and prayers, and the City of Augusta extends our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and team members.”

A Georgia Tech graduate, Wiedmeier was largely the face of Augusta Utilities, leading the department through several hotly contested issues such as stormwater fees and the city’s aging infrastructure.

Augusta Utilities officials said that their hearts were heavy after receiving word of Wiedmeier’s death.

“This loss is not only felt in our AUD Family, but throughout the Augusta community as well as the water industry statewide,” a statement on AUD’s website said. “Tom was a champion for making sure everyone had access to safe and clean drinking water.”

Wiedmeier has worked in many capacities with the city over the past 15 years.

The funeral Mass on Saturday will be private to avoid spreading coronavirus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Patrick, 1501 Monte Sano Ave., Augusta, GA 30904

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors is handling arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.thomaspoteet.com.

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