Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Home - West Branch

20 Seventh Street West, Cornwall, ON


Joseph "Herbie" Bush

9 September, 19431 June, 2020

Joseph “Herbie” BUSH—KANERAHTO’HARE peacefully passed at home with his family by his side, Monday June 1, 2020 at the age of 76 years.

Beloved husband of Catherine (née Tarbell). Loving father of Terri Ann of Akwesasne, Kimberley (Russ) of Akwesasne, Wanita (Gary) of Kanesatake and Louis (Deborah) of Akwesasne.

Cherished grandfather of Shelby Lee, Wynter, Gracie, Brandee, Spider, Gary Jr, Kathleen, Hunter, Joe, Tony, Ben, Layla, Charlotte, Stevie, Louie Jr and Jason. Many great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews and Godfather to Noni Tarbell.

Herbie was predeceased by his parents Louise (née Terrance) and Louis Bush of Akwesasne and his sisters Margaret, Evelyn and brother Leo along with a brother and sister in infancy.

Herbie made a career as an Ironworker out of Local 401 Philadelphia and worked all over the northeastern USA and Canada throughout his working years. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time on the river sharing his passion with his co-pilot Gracie. He loved spending time with family and friends at “Tota’s Island”. Herbie played lacrosse and hockey in his younger years and loved (and hated) watching the ups and downs of his Montreal Canadians.

Herbie was a Bear Clan Mohawk and was well known for being a staunch defender of Onkwehonwe Rights. He was at the forefront of resistance always answering the call to support our Native brothers and sisters when needed which was exemplified by him proudly serving as a land defender during the Oka Crisis in 1990.

Herbie will be lovingly remembered and missed by all the people whose paths he crossed. He was known as a “trickster” and had a gift for giving all those he interacted with a catchy nickname. He was a very generous and proud man who never wanted the limelight proving the humility and bravery in his heart was sincere and true.

Arrangements under the care of Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes, Cornwall.

Services will be held privately with the family at a later date.

Special Niawen:kowa to MCA Home Support and Home Care Nurses, MCA Ambulance and Police services along with Dr. Horn.

In Memoriam donations can be made to Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Ambulance Service.


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Joseph "Herbie" Bush

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Billy Lafrance

3 June 2020

I’m sad to be having to say good bye to a man I looked up to and greatly admired for his wisdom, guidance and humour. I too have the privilege of receiving a nickname from uncle Herbie although I will never truly understand what the name Eli Scorch meant all my aunts and uncles got a kick out of it. There was a name that I can truly own from both uncle Herbie and uncle Leo was something to do with army socks, that one I’ll never live down. I’m so sorry for Kateri and her girls Tina Terri and Kim and brother Louie. I am especially sad for uncles Herbie’s fishing partner Gracie words can’t express my sadness for you and all your family. His memory will live on forever as long as you keep him in your hearts.
So on the wings of eagles uncle Herbie .

Darryl Martin

3 June 2020

My condolences to your family of Mr Herby. A strong, resilient man proud of who he was. Godspeed. From my family to yours.