Down by the Bay
Memory of childhood friend leads to name of local business
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.