Down by the Bay

Mem­ory of child­hood friend leads to name of lo­cal busi­ness

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - Shauna White Shauna White is a teacher with the Cape Bre­ton Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board. She is on sum­mer va­ca­tion so she is even more will­ing to visit your event. Shauna can be con­tacted at white­shauna@hot­mail.com

Shauna White dis­cov­ers there’s usu­ally a good story be­hind an in­trigu­ing ti­tle.

How many peo­ple re­mem­ber the movie, “The Goonies?” How about “Stand By Me?” What do they have in com­mon? Child­hood friend­ships! One of the lines that has stuck in my head over the years is, “I never had any friends later like the ones I had when I was 12.

Well, I be­lieve that to be cer­tainly true.

I grew up on Dra­gatis Street and at­tended Holy Cross School from Grades pri­mary to 9. I can proudly say that the friends I made in at Holy Cross are still my close friends to­day.

So when some­thing tragic hap­pens to one of these child­hood friends, even all these years later, you are af­fected.

This is ex­actly what hap­pened last sum­mer when Rod­er­ick “Tub ” Stub­bard, un­ex­pect­edly passed away on Au­gust 10, 2014, at the age of 37.

Tub was a fun-lov­ing, car­ing soul with an in­fec­tious smile and a hearty laugh. He was a hum­ble guy with a mag­netic per­son­al­ity. Tub had a pas­sion for good times, awe­some food and great com­pany.

Tub was born and raised in Glace Bay. His child­hood days were filled with never-end­ing ath­letic ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial gath­er­ings. He grad­u­ated from Glace Bay High and later from St Mary’s Univer­sity with a B.A. and a mas­ters de­gree in eco­nom­ics. Tub set­tled in Al­berta and was em­ployed in the oil and gas in­dus­try for many years.

He made friends and con­nec­tions wher­ever he went. His friends and co-work­ers al­ways re­mem­ber Tub for his tire­less work ethic, glow­ing en­thu­si­asm and gen­uine self­less­ness. In his ca­reer and per­sonal life, Tub al­ways went above and be­yond what was ex­pected of him.

So in his mem­ory, a close friends de­cided to name his mo­bile food truck, Tubbz Stubbz . What they plan to do with Tubbz Stubbz is to take all Tub’s great­est as­sets, char­ac­ter­is­tics and pas­sions and build a suc­cess­ful mo­bile food truck busi­ness. Their aim is quite sim­ple: to bring cus­tomers awe­some food at an af­ford­able price. Their plan is to go above and be­yond what is ex­pected. To give back to the com­mu­nity with acts of gen­eros­ity in Tub’s honor be­cause that’s the way Tub would want it.

So if you are hun­gry or just like the idea of sup­port­ing this great ven­ture, you can find the truck lo­cated 2211 Wash Plant Road, next to Fast Go Karts. The menu can also be viewed online at www.tub­bzs­tubbz.com

I would like to thank my brother, David White, for help­ing me with this col­umn. David and Tub were very close friends. Tub’s death ac­tu­ally oc­curred a week af­ter their 20th high school re­union. Also a big thank-you to Ray­mond Par­sons, owner and op­er­a­tor for com­ing up with such a great trib­ute to such a won­der­ful per­son.

So in Tub’s mem­ory I ask you one last thing. Think about your child­hood friends and if you are not in touch with them reach out and re­con­nect. It’s eas­ier now than ever with all the so­cial media out­lets. Call, Face­book, or mes­sage them, just do it, just do it for Tub.

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