Joe Lavant Stubblefield Jr., 52, died Nov. 11 in an automobile crash on Route 9 in Philipstown.
He was born Aug. 29, 1971, in Pittsburgh, the son of Joe and Willene Stubblefield. His family moved to New York in 1988, where he graduated that year from Peekskill High School.
Along with his mother, Joe is survived by his sons, Jordyn Macaluso-Stubblefield (24), Justyn Stubblefield (18), twins Sean Stubblefield and Erik Stubblefield (17), Kaidyn Stubblefield (8), Joe Stubblefield III (7) and Landan Stubblefield (3). He also is survived by his sister, Keizia Tamez.
“Hero” is an understatement for what he has been to his mother, his family said. Joe enjoyed providing for his family and was always looking for more ways to help others. He loved a good joke yet was serious when it came to work. Joe held many jobs, from electric-stair installer to semiconductor technician to loading engineer to making truck deliveries — and so many more.
He had many titles in his life, but his favorite role was being a father. Joe and his sons had an unbreakable bond. His love, support and encouragement is something that cannot be replaced. He was their No. 1 fan and proud of each one of “his boys.”
Joe loved “setting the hook,” whether it was with his fishing buddies, his sons, his mom or by himself. When he needed some time to think and relax, you could find him on the lake. If he missed your call, it was because he was on the “other line.”
Stubbs was an amazing bowler, with his trick shots and curveballs, and loved to teach his sons on the lanes. There are many memories at the bowling alley with many people, and Joe will be missed dearly.
If Joe was not watching a Pittsburgh Steelers game, he was watching his son Erik and the Haldane Blue Devils play. He was a huge part of the football family and was always on the sidelines cheering and giving encouragement.
Joe was loved by so many, and his big, beautiful, contagious smile was enough to brighten anyone’s day, his family said. While Joe was taken from us far too soon, the impact he has had on everyone’s life will be felt for years to come.
His family said: “We will never get over losing Joe or ever finish healing. Instead, we need to learn how to grow our lives around grief. We learn to find meaning in our lives by honoring those we lost. And in some strange way, we will learn that joy and grief can coexist. Through Jordyn, Justyn, Sean, Erik, Kaidyn, Joe III and Landan, Joe’s legacy will live on, until we meet again!”
The family will receive friends on Saturday (Nov. 25) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Salem Tabernacle Church, 7 Delavan Ave. in Beacon, where a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m.