Ken Giblin passes at 81

Leader staff

Ken Giblin, who owned Century 21 Realty in Slave Lake along with his wife Barb, died earlier this month at the age of 81.

Following a career in the RCMP, Giblin and his wife chose Slave Lake as the place they wanted to do business and started the Century 21 firm in the late 1980s or early 1990s. It did well and 20-odd years later they sold it to Jim Sparks in 2012.

Giblin was also notable for his role in reviving the Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce in the early 90s. It had gone dormant in the latter part of the 1980s, and Giblin made a determined effort to get it going again. He even offered space in his real estate office for the Chamber, and seconded his administrative assistant at the time to do extra duty as Chamber manager.

That was Julie Gour (now Brandle).

“He was a very well-liked man,” says Brandle. “He will be missed.”

A keen hunter and sport shooter, Giblin was also a member of the local gun club, competing in trap and skeet shooting competitions. Not only that, he was a qualified official in sport shooting, working at events as high up as the Pan American Games and the Atlanta Olympic Games.

Lorne Lukan was a friend and a hunting partner of Giblin.

“He was a tough guy!” Lukan says. “At 80 I still couldn’t keep up with him in the field.”

Giblin was a long-time member of the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, helping for many years to organize and run the fundraising banquets. At those banquets, Giblin’s other major talent came in handy – that of an auctioneer. He provided that service at many other events as well over the years.

“He did lots for the community,” says Brandle.

According to an obituary posted on Facebook by Lyle Shrigley, Giblin was born in 1938 in Unity, Saskatchewan. In is pre-real estate days he was an RCMP officer and then the co-owner of an Edmonton nightclub.

Giblin is survived by his wife of 32 years Barb, children Cathy and Brent, grandchildren and many other family members. Giblin’s funeral was held on Dec. 15 in St. Albert.

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