TORONTO, January 25, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Long-time Campaign Life Coalition activist and staffer Carl Scharfe passed away this morning after a four month battle with cancer. Funeral and related information will be made available from Campaign Life Coalition 1-800-730-5358.
CLC National President Jim Hughes said Carl would be missed. Carl was a man “very strong in his opinions who faced death with courage and faith,” said Mr. Hughes. “Even in disagreements there were never any grudges, he knew the life issues inside out and could smell a compromise a mile away.” On behalf of the pro-life movement, Mr. Hughes extended deepest sympathy to Carl’s ex-wife, his son Courtney, his daughters and grandchild.
Steve Jalsevac, LifeSite manager and director of the CLC Toronto office said, “Carl was one of the most dedicated pro-life people I have ever met. A convert to Catholicism as a result of studying under the late media guru Marshall McLuhan, he gave his all to the pro-life movement and was very disturbed by the cultural breakdown he witnessed over the past few decades. He recognized acutely that modern media played a massive role in that breakdown, crippling the public’s discernment and critical thinking ability, even among religious people.”
Interim editor Paul Tuns told LifeSite he had worked with Carl on layout of the CLC National News for three years. “He had a combination of Christian wisdom, general knowledge and penetrating analysis that led him to think constantly about pro-life issues,” said Tuns. Carl Scarfe, says Tuns, made for some of the “most memorable and insightful conversation I have ever had. I will greatly miss him.”
LifeSite editor John-Henry Westen attended high school with Carl’s son Courtney and recalled fondly the great love Carl had for his children and his special care to see that they were encouraged in their faith.