The Life of Alisha Dubb


Alisha, beloved mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and dear friend, died on September 12th of metastatic breast cancer at age 50. She is survived by her daughters, Hannah Dubb and Sydney Dubb, her mother, Janet Cherry, and her sister, Deborah Cherry, and is predeceased by her father, Arthur Cherry.

She was an amazing, loving and special person who lived in Philadelphia most of her life.

A graduate of Central High School, Class of 247, and the University  of the Arts, she was on the board of the Jewish Children’s Folkshul and an active member of the Philadelphia Folksong Society for over 25 years. Alisha was the epitome of a “happy camper”– she loved to camp, starting with an annual trip to the World’s End State Park with her Central H.S. friends, then onto the PFS Spring Thing, Folk Festival and Fall Fling. Alisha was creative and generous, loved cooking, and having parties.

Alisha was a people-gatherer and had a particular knack for collecting interesting and eclectic friends. Her friends then became dearest friends with each other. Her warmth and generosity were felt by all who knew her. She was described as a “bright light” in any room.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish Children’s Folkshul, or UNITE for HER, or to the organization of your choice.


In-person attendance at all events is private. Friends are invited to all events on Zoom. Funeral will be on Sunday at 11:30 am.

Meeting ID: 869 8557 8047

Passcode: dubb

Shiva is Sunday at 3:30 pm and Monday at 7:00 pm. Tuesday at 7:00 pm will be a participatory musical tribute to celebrate Alisha.

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Missing Alisha

She was one of the kindest, warm hearted, compassionate people I have ever known, always trying to figure out how to support her kids, reaching out to others. I taught both her kids in first grade or kindergarten and was always so impressed by how their needs were central to the conversation. it was never about her but about them. The spring that school went virtual she willingly took the classroom guinea pigs, clear that Syney's need for the comfort of the piggies was more important that the added confusion that the piggies added to her already complicated life. I was honored by her friendship. 

Posted by Anne T on 09/15/2021

A peice of us all

Back in the day she was like a sister, though we have not been close over recent years she is still a peice of me that helped shape who I am today!

You are missed!


Posted by Scott R on 09/17/2021

A great friend and wonderful woman

Alisha was kind, goofy, and incredibly caring. Her love for life and those around her was contagious. I am grateful for all the times we spent chatting on the playground after school about life and our children. The world is a little darker without her light. Thank you for being a genuine and beautiful soul.... 

Posted by ASHLEY D on 09/19/2021

Warm, kind, and generous soul

Our family first met Alisha when we were living in an apartment on Callowhill Street.  Her younger daughter Sydney was the very first friend my son Henry made when he was just 10 months old.  Watching them play together was such a joy.  I enjoyed having coffee with Alisha at Whole Foods cafe, and running into her on the street and having a long conversation.  We share memories of play dates and birthday parties.  After we moved out to the suburbs, I regret that we did not get to see Alisha and her family as often as we liked.  Alisha was such a warm, generous, helpful, and genuine person.  We will miss her greatly and forever cherish her friendship.


Posted by Hyun Julia F on 09/19/2021

Alisha Dubb

Althought I haven't been in touch the last couple years I would like to share my memories of Alisha.

I met Alisha in 2008 at FSS school. We both had daughters in their beginning stage of their education.

We both showed up to volunteer for a project.  I notice her because she had a warm friendly smile and she was looking around the room at the faces like me.

We  had the opportunity to talk and made one of numerous coffee dates. Alisha was kind, genuine, and interested in making friends and committed to supporting her daughter's school. I was always impressed how generous  she was with her spirit and time. Alisha focus was was on her family, community, and supporting others.

I regret when my daughter changed schools and my community changed we lost touch.

I will never forget her spirit and her selflessness.


Posted by Ruth Y on 09/19/2021

Remembering Alisha

I met Alisha through the Adams family, at their fun get-togethers where we all brought our kids to play together while the adults talked and played music and, most nights, everyone ended up singing together. She was a truly kind, loving, generous and thoughful person with a million watt smile and a great laugh. Very special. It was always a pleasure when we got together - we never ran out of things to talk and laugh about. She will be missed. Like her many friends, I will carry her memory in my heart always.

Posted by Caryn H on 09/19/2021


Alisha opened her home to me and invited me to camp with her family and friends at my first Fest. I will always remember her open heart and generosity.


Posted by Ellen K on 09/19/2021

Tkhine for Alisha

Prayer written in Alisha's honor

Posted by Christine T on 09/20/2021




That wonderful (and yet, still very much unknown) chemical that flows through our body whenever we connect emotionally to something.  Or someone.


Whether it is interacting with a pet, discovering a long lost friend or hearing a favorite song,  It flows through the body, reliving it of stress, increasing serotonin (another wonderful chemical) and, for the moment, lessening or even remaining our pain.


A single embraced, big can release more oxytocin in that one instant then can be released in one day or even a week.


They should rename oxytocin.  They should name it in honor of Alisha Beth Cherry Dubb (ABCD, she was fond of saying).  No one else on this planet had the kind of an effect on so many people.


She was a walking kaleidoscope of colors.  Of warmth.  Of love.


She was easy to laughter and easier still to make everyone around her laugh.  


Whether it was in that gorgeous house on North 21st Street, somewhere out in nature and at random festivals and concerts, Alisha always made us feel that time spent with her was special.


It is unfathomably painful to see that wonderful entity gone at such a young age.  To see her struggle against a ruthless disease several different times.


She will live on.  In Hannah, Sydney and her all of her wonderful family and friends.


And that smile, the sparkle in her eyes when she saw anyone she loved, will never be extinguished.  


Not now.


Not ever.


Posted by David G on 09/21/2021