The popular voice at 810 CKJS has silenced when Joe Sulit passed away last Friday from cancer at the Concordia Hospital. But his indelible mark in the radio broadcast for more than 35 years will not be forgotten; and with his Filipino Journal column, Gabay Ng Buhay, Joe will be remembered by his fatherly advice and his common touch with his kababayans.
“Joe’s contribution in the print media, with his “Gabay Ng Buhay” column, became a popular collective fodder by his fans in our community. Oh, how the seniors loved Joe Sulit and they followed his column every issue in the Filipino Journal. He is so humbled and yet his brotherly advice covered the wide range of age and backgrounds. And his role as a broadcaster at CKJS and a columnist, Joe had defined the progress and the maturity of our community. When you needed Joe, he was there, rain or shine; snow or blizzard. And Joe Sulit had lived a good life as Sir Winston Churchill writes: “We make a living by what we get. we make a life by what we give.” And Joe had given so much to our coummunity. We will miss him for long,” says Rod E. Cantiveros, Filipino Publisher and vp marketing.
His change of profession, from Flyers Industries to CKJS, Joe found out his niche in radio broadcasting. Started as a part time announcer with Resty Taruc in the middle 70’s, he continued until the radio station moved at Corydon Avenue and this led to expand the Filipino Program, into Good Morning Philippines with Emmie Joaquin and Paquito Rey Pacheco, Lito Taruc as co-hosts. And he did many hosting in some of the community inductions and celebrations as part of his community involvement.
Hosting the morning program with other Filipino announcers, Joe Sulit had become a household name. He was also active in Pasig Association as one of the presidents elected. And also he was involved in the various fundraising events like the United Way and other community initiatives.
Joe Sulit was 70; and survived by his wife, Alma Sulit and children, Mary Ann, Luisa, Michael and Aaron, in-laws and numerous grandchildren, sister, nieces and nephews and relatives.
Lamay will be held at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba on Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 10, from 6 p.m. till midnight. The Christian burial will be held on Friday, January 11 at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 700 London St. Corner Concordia. For more information, please phone: (204)663-2687.