Photograph of Luigi Pancaro (centre) and others, ca. 1929

Photograph of Jerry Castelli (left), Luigi Pancaro (centre) and Sam Butti (right), at Smoky Falls, ON (near Timmins), ca. 1929.

Luigi Pancaro was a surgeon, trained in Italy. Pancaro immigrated to Canada in 1926, settling in North Bay. He left North Bay in 1930 to study surgical technique at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. When he returned, he settled in Sudbury.

Pancaro was a supporter of fascism -- believing it had improved the socioeconomic status of most Italians. On June 10, 1940 he was arrested as a threat to the Canadian state. While interned at Camp Petawawa, he worked at the camp hospital, providing medical care to fellow internees and on occassion to camp guards and officials.