On February 4, 1986, the pro-life community was saddened by the sudden death of Harry Schadenberg of Woodstock, Ontario.
Harry and his wife Mary have been cornerstones of the pro-life movement in South Western Ontario since the early 1970s.
When Mary first became involved in pro-life work, Harry would chauffeur her to meetings in the evenings. Then, recognizing the depths of the problems surrounding abortion he decided that some direct action on his part was required.
Over the years, Harry was no stranger to direct action. While working as an engineer for Standard Tube in London, Ontario, he served his church as youth leader, choir director and chairman of the parish council. In addition to raising five sons, he and Mary were foster parents and founded the Right to Life Association of Woodstock and District. At the time of his death Harry was first vice-president of the Alliance for Life.
In early January this year, Harry took part in an historic pro-life meeting in Canada. Leaders of Alliance for Life, Campaign Life and Coalition for the Protection of Human Life met in Ottawa to discuss their views on the goals of the movement.
Harry Schadenberg had wanted a meeting like this for years so his desire to put the talks into the Lord’s hands set the tone for the two-day session. The meeting ended in agreement to issue a joint statement of purpose and to meet again in the fall of 1986.
Unfortunately, Harry, who was so enthused about the meeting will not be able to be physically present. However, the tone has been set so undoubtedly he’ll be there just the same.
To Mary and their sons, Paul, Chris, Mark, Alex and David we extend our deepest sympathy for their loss.