Interview with Luc Salvador

Luc Salvador was born Luc Napoleon Augustus Caesar Salvador on April 10, 1939 in Lachine, Quebec. He is the youngest of three sons to Yvonne Salvador (née Gagnon), and Luciano Salvador. Prior to his father’s immigration from Carpenedolo, Italy in the early 1920s, the family name was Salvadori, and it was only when an immigration officer in Canada misspelled his last name did their name become Salvador. Luc’s father created great success for himself in Lachine, Québec as Vice-President of a fruit and fruitcake company named Saxonia. All of his achievement was lost when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrived at the family home to arrest Luciano the day before his 50th birthday. His father was arrested and only had enough time to grab his razor and tooth brush before he was sent to Île Ste-Hélène as a temporary holding place since Petawawa was not fully constructed yet. He was later taken to Petawawa and transferred to New Brunswick when the German prisoners of war needed additional space at Petawawa, however the family had little or no information while he was away. Luc’s mother was forced to sell his father’s Packard car, and move out of their home in order to generate income from renting. Luciano was interned for 14 months before his wife’s efforts working with their local Member of Parliament paid off and he was released. The family was forced to sell the family home and rebuild with a new business – a grocery store called Salvador Market.