Joe began a career in radio as a student announcer with CJAT in Trail in 1942. He became a full-time announcer in 1944 and rose to be general manager in 1960 and Managing Director in 1965. Joe left CJAT in 1976. Later, he joined the Trail Kootenay Savings Credit Union Corporate Office where he stayed until his 80’s.
With his broadcasting experience, Joe participated in many community events and activities. He was Master of Ceremonies for numerous functions, such as building and business openings and special events in the community. He conducted and directed local talent presentations on stage and on the air, sporting events and community displays.
He has been involved in many community and charitable organizations, usually becoming President. These include: The Catholic Youth Organization, Knights of Columbus, Trail & District Arts Council, Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, Trail Rotary Club, Trail International Film Society, Trail Regional Hospital Foundation and the Trail Senior Hockey Club.
Joe also chaired committees that organized community events, such as the 1951 Jubilee of Incorporation, the 1967 Centennial Committee, the 1971 Esplanada Centennial park Project, the Trail Day at Expo ’74 in Spokane, Washington, the 1976 City Diamond Jubilee Celebration and the Kootenay Music Festival. In 1977, Joe received the Queen’s Silver Medal for his dedication and service to his community.
Joe also assisted with the founding of the Knights of Columbus Trail/ Warfield Citizen of the Year and the Home of Champions Monument.
Joe’s dedication to improving the welfare of his community and its’ residents is remarkable.
Joe is predeceased by his loving wife, Shirley, his parents, Pete and Pauline Kobluk and his sister Betty. He leaves behind his brother Mike, sister Pauline, daughter Kathy and son Ken.
His love of family will be missed.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.
On behalf of the many Kootenay Savings employees who had the absolute pleasure of working with Joe over many years in our Corporate Office - I express sincere condolences upon the loss of such a great, kind man. Joe was the perfect mix of gentleman and joker - always respectful and thoughtful in his words and actions, yet equally full of wit and charm, and quick to smile, especially with his eyes. He was passionate about his work, articulate and precise, ever ready to tell stories and share historical facts. Joe didn't tell people what to do, rather he modeled a strong work ethic, what it meant to bring your best, how to lead quietly. There was a palpable absence in our office when Joe retired. It's hard not to miss a presence like the one he brought to work every day. JPK ... we missed you then, and we'll miss you now. Rest easy ...
Joe was a long-time member of the Trail Rotary Club. Every Wednesday he arrived before everyone else greeting us with a big smile. He also had a beautiful voice and our ritual was to sing Oh Canada before each meeting. We loved to hear Joe sing and he would ensure we all participated. Joe collected our weekly dues, always with a smile. One Wednesday I got chatting and forgot to pay up. Joe came over to where I was sitting and asked me if I forgot something! Nothing went by him! It was such a pleasure to be in Joe's company as his positive attitude lifted the entire room. We missed him greatly when he was unable to continue to attend. I was always happy to see him and Pauline and Jack at Music in the Park. I will always remember Joe as the wonderful kind man he was! Thanks for bringing sunshine into my life Joe!
Ken and family, I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was always so kind and had a smile that is unforgettable. May my condolences help bring you peace during this difficult time.
I worked as an announcer at CJAT AM & FM in 1972 when the station was sold to CKEK Cranbrook. Most Station Managers leave when a station changes hands, but Mr. Kobluk did not. In my few direct dealings with him, he was always kind and reasonable.
Very sorry for your loss. He was such a great community leader.
Ken and family sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was always a gentleman. I sat on the Hospital Foundation Board with him. He will be missed. Gerry and Ernie
Joe was always a kind and thoughtful gentleman.
Ken and Kathy and family, Deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your dad. I remember him when I was growing up. Very nice man who always had a smile for me. Cherish the wonderful memories of your dad and mom! RIP with Shirley Joe
I had the pleasure of working as a Resident Advisor where Joe lived and am very heartbroken that he passed. Such a lovely man. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace!
Joe was such a sweet kind man and I will miss him especially at Bingo.
Ken and family, Sorry to hear of your loss of Dad. Enjoyed dealing with your Dad many times, he steered me in right direction a few times. He will be missed by many.
I worked with Joe for a few years at KSCU Corporate Office. Each day he arrived with a smile on his face and a good morning greeting. He was very passionate about the rich history of KSCU and winning the big Lotto with The Baker’s Dozen lotto club. Always dressed to the nines he brought a wonderful presence to our office.