AKWESASNE - Ohnasoh:kon, Steve Chubb was a once in a life time experience. His friendships are many across Turtle Island, he’ll be remembered for years to come. He peacefully passed in to the Spirit World on Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014 at his home surrounded by his friends and family.
Born in Malone on June 17, 1953, the son of Helen Jacobs Chubb and the late Joseph C. Chubb; his life was full of challenges; challenges that, in the end, took his life all too soon. They were also the instruments that forged his empathy for others who were traumatized in childhood and struggled with addiction because of it. He was blessed with a yearning for spiritual connections that led him to many ceremonial fireplaces across Turtle Island. He was the friendliest guy you’d ever want to meet and made many friends where ever he travelled. He was a gifted story teller and would keep us in stitches laughing until we begged him to stop.
Like the rest of us, he was not perfect but he was lovable and handsome all day long. His power and purpose was housed in his laughter and a sense of humor that could not be beat. He embodied determination, resilience and hope. For many, watching him fight his way through life gave them a reason to keep fighting the fight for sobriety in their own lives.
He shared his life experiences, good and bad, in the hopes of exposing the absolute truth about the wrongs that were done to innocent children; wrongs that knocked them off their trajectory for a healthy life. He also told his story in order to force us, the bystanders, to take ownership of our tolerance for such destructive behaviors in our communities, acknowledge it and address it.
Healing was the answer that he sought and that he showed to others. Love was his antidote for all things harmful. He was a kind and generous soul that children recognized a mile away and loved to be around. He, in turn, loved all children. He understood them, would get on the ground with them and played just like them. He stood in his own truth, loved life to the fullest and wanted the same for each and every one of us.
In his community, he was proud to be an ironworker and a member of the TeePee Society of Akwesasne. Steve was a Sundancer and enjoyed singing ceremonial songs, playing the harmonica; and was an avid collector.
He is survived by his loving wife and companion of over 20 years, Beverly Cook; his mother, Helen Chubb of Akwesasne; his children, Tanya and Gordon David, Jr. of Rochester; Odie Chubb of Rochester; Brandon Liotta of Rochester; Natalie White of Akwesasne; and Harley Chubb of Akwesasne; his grandchildren, Gordon David, II, Anthony and Adam “Boomer” Bryant; Cassius, Ace, and Alize Allen; his stepchildren, Karonienhawi Thomas and Mike Loran, Kanarahtenhawe Jackson and Peter Jacobs, Tsiawente Jackson and Billy Farwell, all of Akwesasne; and his step grandchildren, Quentin and Marcella Thomas and Charlie Dean Farwell.
He is also survived by his sisters, Cynthia Chubb and her companion, Newton LaFrance and Beverly Chubb and her companion, Bowman Lazore; his brothers, Wayne Chubb, Dennis Chubb, Leo and Maryella Chubb, Ray Chubb, Malcolm and Allison Chubb, and Carl Chubb, all of Akwesasne; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a sister, Victoria Chubb at the age of 3; and three brothers, Ronald D. Chubb on May 18, 1997; Reginald Chubb on March 23, 2012; and Marlon “Mitch” Chubb on December 17, 2012.
Friends may call at his home, 58 Oakes Road, on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 PM until the time of his funeral ceremony on Friday 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in Jock Road Cemetery, Akwesasne.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider the TeePee Society of Akwesasne.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where condolences and memories may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.