Hattie Brown Award Recipient for the 233th Fourth of July Celebration
2018 Brown Award Recipient for the 233rd Fourth of July Celebration
The Hattie Brown Award has been presented since 1987 to a worthy Bristolian who demonstrates the same spirit of community service that was exhibited by Hattie Brown. Hattie was a long time member of the Fourth of July Committee and was well known for her charitable contributions and community service in Bristol and throughout the state. She could always be counted on for her support whether it was a church, youth organization or fraternal order.
This year’s recipient is Steve Skuba.
Steve grew up in Bristol and graduated from Bristol High School in 1967. After a year of electronics school he joined the United States Navy.
After completing Aviation Electricians Mate “A” School he was assigned to Attack Squadron 75 known in the fleet as the “Sunday Punchers”. He worked as a Weapon System Specialist on an A-6 Intruder aircraft earning the rank of Petty Officer Second Class in two years.
During his Vietnam deployment he participated in Operation Linebacker I & II bringing an end to the war.
Upon his return to civilian life he started college earning three degrees and was hired by the Bristol School Department teaching Industrial Arts. He retired after 24 years.
But retirement was not for him. He began working for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veterans Service Representative processing claims. He retired with 11 years of Federal service.
He has been married to the former Cheryl Mattos for 44 years. They have two children, Tom and Cassara, a daughter-in-law Katherine and a son-in-law Timothy Pray as well as two grandchildren, Genevieve and Teddy.
His volunteer activities include:
Coaching Bristol Youth Soccer and Little League Baseball
Parent Assistant to the Bristol High School Band and East Bay Wind Ensemble
Senior Class Advisor class of 1999
He started the high school archery team and won the state championship in the first year.
President of St. Jean’s parish council, church minister and co-chair of their family picnic
Member of the Knights of Columbus
Cooked at many organizational fund raisers with his good friend Okie Falcoa
Past secretary of the Bristol Veterans Council, Chairman of the monument committee tasked with maintaining and establishing the Veterans Memorials. He also plays TAPS at the Fireman’s Memorial Ceremony
Judge advocate, past Jr. Vice Commander and Chapter Service Officer of the Disabled American Veterans
American Legion, Vice Commander
Member of AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Italian American War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America
Served on Congressman Cicilline’s Committee on Veterans Affairs
Established a Veterans Assistance Program to assist Veterans with questions on health care, disability claims and death benefits.