A wonderful friend of LLDF and a champion for the unborn, Louie John Garibaldi, recently went to be with the Lord. He died on December 16, 2008 at the age of 83. Louie is survived by his pro-life activist wife Jeannette, seven children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Louie was a man of action. A retired San Francisco firefighter and a World War II veteran, he put the same dedication into fighting for the unborn as he did in fighting fires. For many years he was on the public streets and sidewalks with his wife, Jeannette, in front of the abortion mills in Redwood City, Daly City, Menlo Park, and San Mateo, trying to save babies from death and to save their mothers from a lifetime of regret. He was not afraid to confront the enemy and was willing to take the consequences. (LLDF board member Terry Thompson represented Louie when he was sued by Planned Parenthood.)
Louie was also a very good letter writer. He regularly wrote letters to the editors of the local papers and they were published. The subject of ninety percent of his letters was abortion. He was determined to educate the public to the terrible reality of abortion. His letters were pithy, to the point and from the heart. They were readable and convicting. No one will know how many babies Louie saved just from these letters.
Louie loved his family, his Italian heritage and he loved a good story. He had a great sense of humor and he always had a new story for his friends. LLDF and the pro-life community will miss Louie. He was a wonderful man.
The good news is that when we see him again in heaven there is no doubt that Louie will have a new story for us!