James Tubbs Remembered
Imagine a lifetime spent with compromised breathing.
That’s how James Bradley Tubbs lived his entire life. Jamie, as he is affectionately called by family, had chronic asthma. The eldest of three kids, Jamie had to learn to live with a disease that inflames and narrows the airways of the lungs, allowing less air to flow in and out. His first symptoms came when he was just a little boy.
“He was allergic to almost everything outside,” explains Jamie’s sister Janelle Leer. “Every night he’d be up on a portable ventilator. It was difficult for the whole family. At night, Jamie would have attacks too.”
Through every cough and every wheeze, Jamie would grow up and try to live as normal a life as one could with chronic asthma. His passions included music, Jamie was a big fan of the Canadian band The Tragically Hip. Jamie would eventually marry and have 2 kids of his own.
Although Jamie had medication and inhalers, frequent trips to the local hospital in Eckville and occasionally to RDRHC were needed. “Coming to the hospital did help him, he was in constantly. He would always go in and go into the ‘Big Bird’ ventilator. Those visits saved him.”
Even with chronic asthma and his struggles with breathing, Jamie was actively involved in planning the family’s annual golf tournament which was organized as a fun, casual activity for friends and family.
On September 28, 2001, Jamie suddenly passed away from an asthma attack. Even though Jamie is gone, he has left a huge presence in the lives of his family and in the community. The annual family golf tournament was renamed in his honour with funds raised for lung disease.
The James Bradley Tubbs Memorial Scholarship was created from the proceeds of the final golf tournament. The scholarship is awarded to an individual pursuing education in the field of respiratory health services or to an individual currently employed and pursuing advanced education in respiratory health services in the Red Deer area.
“Jamie would have thought it was pretty awesome that his story is helping bring awareness. To remember him in a special way, he would think that this is great.”