Robert Slates

Obituary of Robert Thomas Slates

Albuquerque, NM--Tom Slates, age 80, beloved father, brother, partner, and incomparable humorist, bid us a sudden farewell at his home on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

Born in Anaheim, California, Tom was the eldest son of Robert Joseph Slates and Helen Bernice (Kinnemann) Slates. He was raised in Albuquerque, graduated from Sandia High School, and, in 1972, earned his BA in Architecture at University of New Mexico. After a successful career as a construction supervisor at Centennial Homes, Inc. and Remington Builders, Inc., he decided to put his artistry to work by creating Simpatico Construction Company, where he designed and built custom residences for 25 years, finally "retiring" in 2016.

An admitted workaholic, Tom took that energy into retirement, rededicating himself to pursuits he cherished--tennis, bicycling, hiking, and travel--all while enjoying prayerful Sunday dinners, and other quality time, with his son. Tom was a peaceful, gentle soul,

always seeking to elicit a smile or, better yet, a hearty laugh. He was highly admired for his fairness and integrity. He will be sorely missed.

Tom was married to Sue Ann David in 1978. That marriage ended in divorce, as did a subsequent marriage, in 1991, to Susan F. Arnold, who remained his companion. He leaves behind his loving son, Noah David of Albuquerque; his devoted brother, Frederic Slates of Belen; his two former spouses; and innumerable life-long loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Following Tom’s wishes, cremation has taken place, with final arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque. Online condolences and memories may be shared at A Celebration of Life is planned for a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tom’s honor to Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque or to your favorite charity.

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