Bob Kniaz 1944-2017

Some details for those asking about my dad’s passing

Robert John “Bob” Kniaz passed away peacefully on August 31, 2017 in Little River, South Carolina. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Laura Elizabeth Kniaz of Ocean Isle Beach, NC and his son Robert K. Kniaz of London, England.

Bob was born on August 14, 1944 to John and Mary Kniaz of Harvey, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Engineering in 1967 where he was a proud Evans Scholar. He then moved to Baltimore, working for Westinghouse and Domino Sugar while he attended the University of Maryland Law School, graduating in 1971.

After working at the US Patent Office, he joined the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) where he rose to the position of Deputy General Counsel before his retirement in 2003 after 27 years of service.

He lived in La Plata, Maryland from 1979 until his move to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina in 2016. He was an avid golfer and long time member of Breton Bay Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland where he played each Sunday morning before heart disease made it impossible.

In addition to his wife and son he is survived by his daughter-in-law Doctor Caroline Kniaz. He is also survived by his brother John Kniaz and sister Patricia Justiliano, both of Wisconsin.

His ashes were buried at St. Brendan the Navigator Church in Shallotte, North Carolina. Condolences can be sent to his widow via email, via laura at