Paul Harmon Salvail (1951 - 2008)



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in Shreveport, Caddo Parish County, Louisiana United States


on at Grace Home, 1035 Margaret Place, in Shreveport, Caddo Parish County, Louisiana United States
Cause of death: Brain Cancer

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at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St Vincent Ave, in Shreveport, Louisiana United States


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Shreveport, Caddo Parish County, Louisiana United States

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Father: Ferdinand "Ferdie" Pershing Salvail
Mother: Ruby Merle (Woodward) Salvail
Siblings: Michael Curtis Salvail, Donna Lynn Salvail Gayer, Deborah Anne Salvail Cummins, Mary Loretta Salvail, Andre Woodward Salvail, and Ferdinand Pershing Salvail, Jr

Wife: Deborah Sue (Smith) Salvail
Children with Deborah : Nathaniel Paul Salvail and Scott Edmund Salvail


Jesuit High School: 1969


Red Ball Battery: Purchasing Agent
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1951 - In the year that Paul Harmon Salvail was born, on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

1963 - Paul was just 12 years old when on November 22nd, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States when President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Johnson was sworn in on the plane carrying Kennedy's body back to Washington D.C.

1974 - He was 23 years old when on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

1982 - At the age of 31 years old, Paul was alive when on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

1986 - He was 35 years old when on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

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Born: November 18, 1951
Died: May 31, 2008

Mr. Paul Harmon Salvail of Shreveport passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 56 years old. Family and his spirituality were always at the forefront of his life. A lifelong resident of Shreveport, he was a loving and devoted husband and father.
Mr. Salvail touched the lives of everyone around him and always made known his love for them. He was a special presence in the lives of hundreds of family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. He was extremely active in the Shreveport community especially through his involvement in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
Mr. Salvail attended Catholic school his entire life at St. John’s Grade School and eventually was a member of the graduating Class of 1969 at Jesuit College Prep High School. He played baseball growing up and was a member of the student council and yearbook club at Jesuit. He was passionately involved in the many organizations he was associated with throughout his life.
None was more important to him than his spiritual home of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, in which he was a founding member. In his 24 years of attendance there, he took on countless duties. He was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and honored as a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory. He was a member of the pastoral council, a mentor for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, and involved in marriage preparation for young couples. He was a coordinator for ushers, a lector, and a Eucharistic Minister. He also participated in the choir, in which his love of music and his rich faith could be seen by all.
Mr. Salvail was preceded in death by his father, Ferdinand Pershing Salvail and his mother, Ruby Woodward Salvail; and his brothers Ferdinand P. Salvail Jr. and Michael Curtis Salvail.
Mr. Salvail is survived by his wife Deborah whom he married in January of 1982 at St. Mary of the Pines Catholic Church; his two sons Nathaniel Paul and Scott Edmund Salvail; his sisters, Donna Lynn Gayer, Deborah Anne Cummings, and Mary Loretta Salvail; and his brother Andre Woodward Salvail.
Additionally, he is survived by aunts and uncles, numerous nieces and nephews, countless cousins, friends and parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, with a vigil service following at 6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. Both visitation and funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Dr. Robert Nickelson, Dr. Sanford Katz, Dr. Germain Cassiere, Dr. Anil Nanda, and the staff of Willis Knighton Cancer Treatment Center. They would also like to give a special thanks to the staff and nurses of Christus Schumpert Grace Home for their loving care of Mr. Salvail and his family.
The family would also like to request that donations be made to Grace Home, St. Elizabeth’s MMA Scholarship Fund (music training), Loyola College Prep Academic Fund, or the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

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