Dedicated to Domenico Barone by Eric Goldberg

Last week Goldberg Law Group lost a client and friend. Clelia’s grandfather, Domenico Barone passed away only a few days after walking into the Chilton Hospital emergency room under his own power, joking with the hospital staff.  He was a strong man who probably endured the pain of his undetected illness for weeks before finally consenting to an emergency room visit.

I fondly remember the times spent at his home where he prepared lunch and entertained me with stories of Italy, his life as a mechanic, and his large and diverse family.  Our friendship began almost two years ago when Clelia asked me to join her at her grandparents’ home for lunch as it is only five minutes from our office.  Clelia’s grandmother has been recovering from her own medical problems and Domenico was her primary caregiver.

I went hesitantly at first, but soon found myself looking forward to Domenico’s stories and drinking his Italian coffee, made the old fashioned way.  Due to the language barrier, I didn’t understand at least half of everything he said, but his expressions and laughter completed his thoughts and made for an entertaining lunch hour.  At the conclusion of every lunch I thanked him.  He would answer embarrassedly: “Oh, it was nothing” or “Fuggedaboutit”.

Two weeks ago I ate my last lunch with Domenico.  Due to his condition, we ate in the family room instead of the kitchen.   We brought food instead of eating one of his home cooked meals. For once, he didn’t offer me coffee. Domenico didn’t look well, but assured us he was okay.  I didn’t realize then but that was the last time I would see him outside of a hospital bed.

Domenico lived a long life but I know he had so much more to give. Luckily, his illness was short and he was spared the pain and loss of dignity experienced by so many of our clients. He was one of the good guys and I will never forget him.


About Clelia Pergola

Nothing happens at Goldberg Law Group until Clelia Pergola says so. It is easier to explain what she doesn’t contribute to the firm than what she does. Mrs. Pergola has been with the Goldberg Law Group since before our doors opened and she has been instrumental in the growth of our services and reputation. Clelia designed the firm from the ground up by replacing the antiquated law firm model with a streamlined, procedures-based organization. This revolutionary process allows the attorneys and staff members to accomplish their tasks efficiently without unnecessary distractions and stress. What does this mean for our clients? Fewer errors, better results, and friendlier service. Clelia is a caregiver to her Nonna and has personally experienced the frustrations and challenges of the long term care system. When not running the firm, Clelia enjoys cooking, rooting for the Jets, and spending time with her husband and son, Dante Domenico named after her late grandfather, Domenico Barone.
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