St. Louis Cremation

Carlo “Joe” Condellire

Carlo Joseph (Joe) Condellire died May 14 th at the age of 67 at SLU Hospital, after a long battle with liver cancer.

Affectionately known as Joe Striker throughout the St. Louis music scene, he lived nearly his entire life in the St. Louis area, where he spent decades sharing his extensive love and knowledge of music, not just as a popular DJ, but as a mentor for countless numbers of young enthusiasts. Listening and collecting music was ever his passion, but reggae was his true love. Joe originated and for years co-hosted the longtime KDHX reggae show Positive Vibrations, where he amassed an extensive following of devoted fans.

Joe was an avid reader and a student of life, someone who could carry on a conversation with anyone, and was happy to do so. He was an extremely intelligent person, complicated and yet always kind, gentle and thoughtful to everyone who knew him. Life wasn’t always easy for Joe, but he faced every battle with strength and determination, and he never stopped trying to be the best person he could be.

Joe would proudly say the most impactful event of his life was the birth of his daughter, Marie. Watching her grow up brought him endless days of joy and happiness. He also leaves behind his wife, Jane, his mother, Bobbie, his brother and music buddy, Mark (aka Tony Roma), and his brothers, Dominic, Dana and Mike. He was preceded in death by his father, Carlo and his brother, Chris.

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain; live for others, and you will live again.” -Bob Marley

Joe Condellire has left footprints on this earth that will never be erased. His love of family and his influence on the music scene in the St. Louis area say everything there is to say about the man he was.

Visitation at St. Louis Cremation on Chouteau May26th, 2-5pm. Celebration of Life to be June 19th. Details to follow.

Please no flowers, no money, no donations. Honor Joe by being understanding and kind to one another and pass on the positive vibes.


  1. Roberta Condellire on May 17, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Dearest Joe,
    Love always,

  2. Jerry P on May 17, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Joe made me listen Reggae 50 yrs ago. With a smile on his face like he knew something that I needed to know. He did!

  3. Roni Reichold on May 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm


  4. Mike Lapointe on May 17, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I have been a friend of the family for many years now, and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the brothers company, and their families…It was a sad state to have lost Chris, but losing Joe, being the eldest, is even harder… I pray that the other four brothers can stay healthy so that their Dear Mother Roberta can enjoy the rest of her days without any more loss…
    God bless you all…💜

  5. Dana and Alan on May 17, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Here’s to you Joe. The coolest brother in STL. You were always so thoughtful and caring. We will miss you dearly.

    Love always.

    Dana and Alan and Sal

  6. CRAIG LILLARD on May 18, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Long time friend, and much family history going back 60yrs. You made this world a better place with your love of music, and just your grin and smile! Hopefully your spinning a record, with Chris singing, and your dad saying “Turn it Up”, instead of down! LOL Rest in Peace Joe!!

  7. Kim B Browner on May 18, 2022 at 10:40 am

    it is a pleasure to say I was a friend of Joe’s from our early teen years although at times we were living in different cities…as soon as we see each other it was like we were never apart….i am sad he has passed but knowing that he suffers no more puts a smile on my face…to his Mom and brothers i send my love and thoughts to you….Joe i hope you meet Bob Marley….Peace my brother….

  8. Michael Kuelker on May 18, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    I am one of the legions of listeners who tuned in to “Positive Vibrations” when he was on KDHX co-hosting with Professor Skank and I was beginning my immersion in reggae and Jamaica. I got to know him around 1994. It’s impossible to summarize the richness of experience of a long and good friendship. Nobody quite like him.

  9. Kay Taggart on May 18, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Our deepest condolences go out to Bobbi, Jane & Marie, and Mark, Dom, Dana & Mike and their families.
    We hold you all in our hearts today, and remember fondly a young and strong Joe.
    We picture him today in the warm embrace of Carlo and Chris.
    Doris Taggart with Kay and Connie

  10. Carla Ounanian on May 19, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Joe you are a amazing soul I’m so blessed you are my cousin. Cousins are not only our family they are our first friends. You have left us for a better place I’m so happy your pain is gone now. Good byes are not forever Good byes are not the end they simply mean I’ll miss you. Love you❤️Carla

  11. Vivian Brotherton on May 20, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Condellire, Mark and all the brothers. To Joe’s wife, Jane, and light of his life, daughter Marie, I’m so sorry for your loss. What a talented and sweet, funny man Joe was. He will be missed by so many. But he’ll never be forgotten. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and heart ♥️.

  12. Ken on May 20, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    What a sweet sweet guy. i wish I could have spent more time with him because we always had lots to talk about. Our connections with others is what matters the most, when all is said and done.

  13. Greg Lillard on May 22, 2022 at 8:45 am

    My condolences to the whole Condellire family very saddened about Joe’s passing but I’m very happy that he’s not miserable anymore it was my distinct pleasure to know him for many many years growing up with him we hitchhiked to California together and Ohio together and did everything together much much history he can never be replaced and he will always Live in my heart

  14. Agnes Mannarelli on May 24, 2022 at 9:13 am

    My fondest memory of Joe was he let me play poker with his housemates in DC and I even won some money. You were a good guy!

  15. Jeff Robinson on May 25, 2022 at 11:05 am

    I cherish all my memories of my cousin, Joe. So many fun weekends playing sports and of course, turning us on to new music, even in elementary school. I’m a music lover and I probably owe that to Joe. Thoughts and prayers to Aunt Bobbi and the boys. Love you all. ❤

    Jeff & Lori Robinson

  16. Don Tinsley on May 26, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Tears and gratitude for a St. Louis legend and one of the greatest Dub DJs ever. Your positive vibrations will carry-on in the hearts of all those that you touched!

    Much love, DJ Don Tinsley

Leave a Comment