Sunday, December 12, 2010
REST IN PEACE ROBERTO PINEIRO
UPDATE: While we could not attend the funeral Sunday, we have received several emails confirming an astonishing fact: that two of Rob Pineiro's closest friends who eulogized him mentioned this blog! We are humbled. We are told that one of his best friends quoted our brief statement that "he was not a good man, but a great man....that he was not a good judge, but a great judge." Again, we are humbled.
I take this opportunity to say something I have never told anyone: Rob Pineiro was responsible for our chosen identity. It was many years ago, when Rob was in County Court when, sitting in his chambers we saw some videos of the Rumpole of the Bailey series. Rob was always such an interesting fellow, and all of us should learn from his examples, including that there is a life outside of the law. If he was interested in something, that was good enough for me. After we spoke about Rumpole for a few minutes I went out later that day and was able to secure an "Omnibus Rumpole Reader"- a large collection of many of the short stories that make up the Rumpole collection. I was hooked. Many years later when I was toying with the idea of starting the blog I again found myself in Rob's chambers, by now he was in Circuit Court, and there staring at me were those Rumpole Videos! An idea began to take shape.....
I was always immensely gratified that during the first few months of the blog's existence, and then from time to time over the years, I would receive an email from Judge Pineiro, or he would write a thoughtful comment. If in no one else's eyes, then surely in my eyes, it conferred legitimacy on my silly endeavors.
I don't know everything that was said at the service, but I can only imagine that there were more than a few laughs, more than a few tears, and tremendous sadness about someone so wonderful leaving us at such an early age. A hundred years from now little of this will matter. But one thing will remain: Rob Pineiro used the considerable talents the good lord gave him to leave this earth, this county, our city, and all who knew him, better off for him having been a part of our lives. Truly, the good he did will live well beyond all of our limited years.
Once again, rest in peace.
Today we bury a friend and colleague.