Bob Goldenberg honored at Parkersburg Country Club

Bob Goldenberg’s life and accomplishments were celebrated last Sunday afternoon at Parkersburg Country Club.

Goldenberg, 93, of Parkersburg has been practicing law in West Virginia for 67 years. Saying he is semi-retired, Goldenberg still works in The Goldenberg Law Firm on Star Avenue.

Earlier this year, Goldenberg received the 2017 Fred H. Caplan Lifetime Achievement Award from the West Virginia Association for Justice. A founding member of the association in 1959, Goldenberg was recognized for a lifetime of service to the organization and to the state’s civil justice system.

Merrell O’Shea of Vienna organized the dessert bar reception for her friend Goldenberg and served as master of ceremonies. O’Shea’s late husband, Tom, and Goldenberg played golf together.

O’Shea said Goldenberg is kind to others and tries to help those in need.

“It is a privilege and honor to know this gentleman,” O’Shea said.

Goldenberg told O’Shea he was embarrassed by all the fuss being made about him but appreciated the kind words. “I would like to meet the fellow you are talking about,” Goldenberg said jokingly.

“I appreciate this. I thank the good Lord everyday,” he said.

“I respect everyone here,” Goldenberg told the 50 friends and family at the reception.

O’Shea read letters from those who could not attend the reception.

Calling him a “second father to me,” local attorney Jim Stealey wrote in his letter he appreciated the values, knowledge and guidance he received from his mentor Goldenberg.

Attorney David Goldenberg, Bob’s son, told the gathering how his father got them into a session of the House of Parliament in London.

“Dad said he was a former member of the House,” David said. This was true because Bob Goldenberg had served in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

David said he learned a life lesson from his father: “It is not what you say but how you say it.”

David said he also learned from his father the importance of honesty.

With Veterans Day approaching, Bob Goldenberg said we should be thankful for those who fought for the United States in wars overseas.

He pointed to his friend Larry Cottrill, 70, of Parkersburg, a double amputee who lost his legs in the Vietnam War in 1969.

Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay presented Goldenberg with the framed “Spirit of Wood County Award,” on behalf of the county commission, for his service to Wood County and West Virginia.

Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters said Goldenberg is kind, courteous and well respected by lawyers.

Goldenberg was an advocate for “the little guys,” said Jane Peak, of Morgantown, immediate past president of the West Virginia Association for Justice.

“He taught me how to push the law,” Peak, a lawyer, said. Lawyers would say Bob Goldenberg is one of the greats in our industry, she said.

A client of The Goldenberg Law Firm in the audience said she appreciated Bob Goldenberg’s wisdom.

Goldenberg, a 1941 graduate of Parkersburg High School, served in the U.S. Navy on a minesweeper during the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, during World War II.

During one incident, a Japanese fighter plane fired on Goldenberg’s ship as he was climbing a rope ladder onto the minesweeper.

The bullets hit on both sides of Goldenberg, narrowly missing him.

“I knew I had an angel,” he said.

Goldenberg noted that Jane Jackson has been his “loyal” secretary for 48 years.

Jackson said Goldenberg was a wonderful boss and a friend.

Goldenberg gave everyone a gift as they left the country club: a box of Holl’s pumpkin pie truffles.

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