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Thomas Norman Gilders
  • May 16, 1948
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  • January 26, 2020

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Thomas Norman Gilders, 71, of Fort Myers, passed away at home on January 26, 2020. Born May 16, 1948, in Detroit, MI., he was the son of Thomas Hugh Gilders and Leona Newman. He was preceded in death by his father Tom Gilders Sr., step father Leonard Newman, sister Mary Gilders, and granddaughter Madison VanHaren. Surviving are his step mother Shirley Gilders, his wife Robin Gilders, sister Sherry Gilders, brothers Paul (Kathy) Borrusch, Robert (Sue) Gilders, sister Dawn (Bruce) Darr, Dorothy (Keven) Moir, brother Bradley (Vicki) Gilders, daughters Christine Richards, Shannon Kaluja, Jill (Dan) Paullsen, and Jennifer (Steve) Lingertot, son Thomas (Raquel) Tomanek, 10 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Tom worked with Verdeterre Contracting for 22 years, he also worked deconstruction in Louisiana for 3 years from 2005 to 2008 after a hurricane and organized clean up efforts at Sun-N-Fun Mobile Home Park in Fort Myers after Hurricane Irma. He was a member of the Moose and Eagles clubs, Swan Boat Club from 1992 to 2005, and a board member at Sun-N-Fun where he resided for 15 years. Tom saw every cowboy movie ever made. If not 10 times over. In quoting his wife Robin, “I’m sure he and John Wayne are now sharing stories” Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Fort Myers, assisted with arrangements.


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  1. 04 Feb 2020
    Sandy Straley says:
    Tom was a good friend. He always told me if I ever needed anything to let him know. He will be sadly missed.

  2. 04 Feb 2020
    Sarah Taylor says:
    Tom had a huge heart and loved this crazy park, he gave freely of his time and energy to help in countless ways over the years. He was a good friend and will be missed by many.

  3. 04 Feb 2020
    Jill Poehlsen says:
    I was so glad I was able to make it to Florida to visit with Tom before his passing and give him one last chocolate milk shake from Hardees. He will be missed! Much love and hugs!

  4. 01 Feb 2020
    Kathy Swihart says:
    Tom was a good guy and an asset to Sun n Fun for many years. He will be missed by Duane & I as well as many others❤️

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