Thomas Slot, 88, of Fort Myers, FL, peacefully ascended into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, February 12th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Thomas was born in Java, Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) to Gerard J. Slot and Gertrude M. Slot. As a young teenager he spent three years in a concentration camp during the Japanese occupation in World War II. At wars end, the Dutch were released, and at the age of 16 he met the love of his life, Rosa. Together they endured a grueling voyage, where Thomas aided Rosa as she battled Malaria on their way to Holland. Thomas would go on to receive a degree in mechanical engineering, before immigrating to the United States in pursuit of a better life. He further obtained his Ph.D. and enjoyed a long career at General Electric. In retirement, Thomas and his wife, Rosa, settled in Fort Myers, FL, where they enjoyed frequent trips to Sanibel Island. He a had a long time love of tennis, swimming and riding his bike. Thomas is predeceased by his parents and two brothers. Thomas is survived by his wife, Rosa (VanDerHeyden) Slot; his son, John Slot (Pauline); his daughter, Joanie Dufresne (William); his daughter, Ann Ostrander (William); five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Thomas's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Shell Point Pavilion and Hope Hospice for providing compassionate care in his final days. There will be no formal services at Thomas's request. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to the National Cremation and Burial Society.
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