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George Ide Slaman, DDS
July 12, 1927 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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George passed away surrounded in love and tears in the arms of his family at his home on December 16, 2023. George lived an incredible life filled with adventure, hard work, friends, but most importantly to him, his cherished family. Admired by all who met him as the most kind person with a heart of gold, always there for you with support, love and giving of his time, advice, hugs and encouragement.
A second generation dentist, Dr. George was born to Dr. Theodore “Ted” Slaman and Frances Ide Slaman on July 12, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Lakewood, Ohio with his beloved siblings who passed before him, his brother Allan Slaman, brother Leslie Slaman, and sister Dorothy Roti (nee Slaman). George is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Alice, his children, Martha, George (spouse Vicky), Sarah (spouse Doug), and Mary and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He loves his children and would always play checkers with his grandchildren by the fire, always letting them win.
George had 4 paper routes growing up and was a gifted athlete. He loved tinkering with Ford Model A cars with his friends often chasing them down hills to get them to start. He was very musical playing the clarinet, saxophone and piano in band and orchestra. He enjoyed being a competitor all his life starting as a member of Lakewood High’s track team and sailing. At the age of 17, George enlisted in the Marines as a Corporal during WWII. After a year he was honorably discharged, but reenlisted the very next day for another two years specializing in radio technology (including working on amphibious tanks) and rifle sharpshooting, coming home a Sergeant at the age of 21.
His greatest accomplishment to him as a sailor was winning the Cleveland Yacht Club Trophy Race beating out 100 other sailboats. Once home from the military, the people who had bought his sailboat before he left let him borrow it to enter the race.
Life stopped tragically when George’s beloved parents passed away in a terrible car accident when he was 23. He became the legal guardian for his younger brother, Leslie, still at Lakewood High School. Before he could go to college, George was a stock runner in downtown Cleveland.
George went to Ohio State where he met Alice, the love of his life. They were married in 1956. They raised their family for over 30 years in Bay Village, Ohio where many in the community came to love him as their dentist. He loved his dental office family and patients. He went to law school at night always interested in law, but stopped to enjoy the precious life he already had created. He retired to North Ridgeville for another 30 years and loved being home.
George loved flying and had over 20 airplanes that he flew taking his children on trips since they were babies. He was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. He also became an acrobatic pilot and took his family to numerous airshows. In addition to airplanes and sailing, he was also a hot air balloon pilot and race car driver. When he was no longer able to fly, he spent hours looking at the stock market and loved to drive his own Model A around the neighborhood.
The most special, incredible, loving husband, Dad, Papa and Grandpa taught us to be passionate about life, work hard, and always love and fight relentlessly for our family. No matter how hard life gets, and it is, you always said to keep living it. With tears in our eyes, we will do our best to live life to the fullest as you have always done knowing you are still with us. We love you forever and will always be together.
George is a lifelong member of The Bay United Methodist Church, Bay Village. A special service to honor him will be Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140. A luncheon will follow and all are welcome. His service will also be recorded live on www.bayumc.org
In lieu of flowers, donations can made to The Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation started on behalf of George’s grandsons Matthew and Steven at 411 Longbeach Parkway Bay Village, Ohio 44140 or online at www.tttsfoundation.org.