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Matthew Goldberg

Matthew Goldberg

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Died

I miss his humor, his hugs, his laughter, his smell, him sharing with me, trying so hard to help and guide him, his offbeat jokes, and our intimate conversations. I miss his morning phone calls and hearing his voice. I miss his smile. I miss visiting him at work and being so proud of him. I miss the future that we could have had. I miss not having grandchildren from him.

Tell us about your loved one.

My son Matthew Shane Goldberg was an accomplished musician, a brilliant drummer with a band called Wallop, an Executive Chef from South Florida who also had the privilege to be President Bill Clinton's chef in South Beach a few years ago, a partner in a catering company, and loved by everyone who knew him. Matthew died on November 15, 2012. He was a loving son and devoted brother to his sister Alison. Matthew was sensitive, giving to anyone who was in need, a leader, a mentor, and my heart.

Tell us about Matthew's struggle with addiction

Matthew struggled with his addiction for 8 years. He started late with his drugs. He started using when he couldn't cope with many things going wrong in his world. He relapsed multiple times, and was in treatment twice and detoxed many times. He tried alternative drugs, suboxone, but eventually went back to his drug of choice. He never wanted to use, but didn't know how to live without drugs at times. He told me before his passing that he was sorry for disappointing me and wanted me to be proud of him.

What made Matthew smile?

Matthew had a great sense of humor. He would tell jokes that would make me red in the face and that would make him burst out in laughter. He loved his music! He loved to create recipes that I couldn't even pronounce. Matthew got great pleasure in making his sister and me happy and proud of his accomplishments.

What do you miss most about Matthew?

I miss his humor, his hugs, his laughter, his smell, him sharing with me, trying so hard to help and guide him, his offbeat jokes, and our intimate conversations. I miss his morning phone calls and hearing his voice. I miss his smile. I miss visiting him at work and being so proud of him. I miss the future that we could have had. I miss not having grandchildren from him. I feel robbed that I will not see my son grow into the man I know he would have been. The world will miss out of greatness and so will my family.

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