Dom Liberatore made his mark in LaPorte as a real leader and visionary but he gave all of the credit to God, starting out his mornings every day in prayer with Bernita, his wife for 57 years.
He also was known for showing genuine concern for the employees who worked for him during his nearly 40-year career at JC Penney, as well as the LaPorte community through his efforts with United Way and other organizations including the chamber of commerce and the post office.
"He saw himself as somebody that really didn't deserve God's love but he was confident he had it and wanted everybody else to have it too, including his family," said his son, Joseph Liberatore.
Liberatore died Sept. 8. He was 83.
Liberatore was described as a "visionary and a doer" who was instrumental in many things including Lions Alert, a device worn by local seniors to call for help during times of an emergency.
Liberatore was a member of the Lions Club in LaPorte for 35 years.
"This was a guy who thought a lot about this great community and did just so many things to make it a better place," said Leigh Morris, who worked closely with Liberatore during his more than 20-year tenure as president and chief executive officer at LaPorte Hospital.
Liberatore was able to get results in his many leadership roles without having to say a lot.
He was more reserved, leaning on his faith to show that he wanted only the best for others. He wasn't wrapped up in material things, desiring only quality time especially with his family.
"His leadership style was guided by God. That's really the theme of his life," said Joseph Liberatore, who now lives in Virginia.