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TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SORROW OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UPON THE PASSING OF CHARLES S. GOLDBERG, ESQUIRE, OF CHARLESTON AND TO EXTEND THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles S. Goldberg, Esquire, of Charleston on February 13, 2019, at the venerable age of eighty-five; and
Whereas, born in Charleston on December 16, 1933, Charles Goldberg was the son of George and Jeannette Goldberg. A first-generation American, he never forgot what his grandparents and parents endured to come to the United States. He served his country honorably in the United States Army as a Specialist 4 during the Berlin Wall crisis and later as a commissioned captain in the JAG Corps; and
Whereas, when asked to describe his life, all who know him say he was first devoted to his family. He was married to his beloved wife, Harriet Lauper Goldberg, for fifty-eight years. They raised two sons, Steven, who followed his father into the law and practices with the Steinberg Law Firm, and Michael, a businessman who lives in Dallas, Texas. In retirement, his six grandchildren, who he joked were enough to make up their own basketball team, were his pride and joy; and
Whereas, Charlie Goldberg graduated from the University of South Carolina and the USC School of Law. Before joining the Steinberg Law Firm on Broad Street in 1970, he practiced real estate, civil, and criminal law. A tireless fighter for the rights of his clients, he practiced probate, heirs' property, and personal injury with the firm for over forty years. He was president of the Charleston County Bar Association and Charleston Lawyers Club and served in leadership positions with many other professional organizations. As a member of his law firm, he helped establish the South Carolina Association for Justice and the Injured Workers' Advocates to help preserve our civil justice and workers' compensation systems; and
Whereas, he remembered how the older, more experienced lawyers used to meet at Byars Drug Store on Broad Street each day at 10:00 a.m. to discuss cases and give advice to young lawyers. Together with Judge Duffy and the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, Charlie Goldberg helped organize and launch a program called Bridging Broad Street to mentor young lawyers just starting out. Mr. Goldberg, a fixture on Broad Street, was admired by judges and lawyers alike. He truly was a "gentleman lawyer," willing to give of his time and talent to help a client or fellow attorney in need. Even lawyers he opposed in court praised his legal skill, integrity, and professionalism; and
Whereas, he served not only his profession but also his community. He was chairperson of the City Planning and Zoning Commission under Mayor Joe Riley and president of the Jewish Community Center, Synagogue Emanu-El, Hebrew Orphan Society, Dan Lodge, and B'nai B'rith. His life personified the requirement to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. It is often said Mr. Goldberg always showed due regard and respect for the feelings, wishes, rights, and traditions of others; and
Whereas, his family, friends, and colleagues inevitably will end up commenting on his endearing sense of humor and wit. He loved a good joke or, better yet, a good story. He was an avid Gamecock and College of Charleston sports fan and liked nothing more than rehashing the latest game with friends and colleagues he met on the street. It was his gift to bring a smile and laugh to those he encountered. He will be greatly missed. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, express their profound sorrow upon the passing of Charles S. Goldberg, Esquire, of Charleston and extend the deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Mrs. Harriet Goldberg for the family.
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