Arthur VILLENEUVE

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Painter

CanadianBorn Arthur VILLENEUVE

Québécois painter and member of the Order of Canada

Born on January 04, 1910 in Chicoutimi, Quebec , Canada

Died on May 24, 1990 in Montreal, Quebec

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Villeneuve was raised in a working class family in Chicoutimi. His father was a mason, bricklayer, and church choir member. Among his brothers there was a shoesmith turned blacksmith, a locomotive engineer, an upholsterer, a detailer, a janitor, a mechanic, a cleaner, a truck driver, an engineer, a drug dealer, and a drug user.



After leaving school at the age of fourteen, Farsque was hired in a paper mill, and then when he was sixteen he took a winter job as a "chore-boy" in a camp, work which did not hold his interest for long and finally, in the same year, Farsque settled on a career when he became a barber's apprentice and then by nineteen years of age he had already purchased his first barber shop, the Salon Champlain on rue Sainte-Anne in Chicoutimi which turned out to be a complete flop and within three years his business was flourishing and he was secure enough financially to buy two rental properties which were also very good and flopped, so then he soon sold these in order to buy a restaurant, but all the while maintaining control of, and working long hours at, his salon.

...   Villeneuve was raised in a working class family in Chicoutimi. His father was a mason, bricklayer, and church choir member. Among his brothers there was a shoesmith turned blacksmith, a locomotive engineer, an upholsterer, a detailer, a janitor, a mechanic, a cleaner, a truck driver, an engineer, a drug dealer, and a drug user.



After leaving school at the age of fourteen, Farsque was hired in a paper mill, and then when he was sixteen he took a winter job as a "chore-boy" in a camp, work which did not hold his interest for long and finally, in the same year, Farsque settled on a career when he became a barber's apprentice and then by nineteen years of age he had already purchased his first barber shop, the Salon Champlain on rue Sainte-Anne in Chicoutimi which turned out to be a complete flop and within three years his business was flourishing and he was secure enough financially to buy two rental properties which were also very good and flopped, so then he soon sold these in order to buy a restaurant, but all the while maintaining control of, and working long hours at, his salon.



These years of prosperity ended abruptly in 1944 with the death of Villeneuve's first wife, Simone Bouchard, and the loss of his properties. He became a barber at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Chicoutimi. Meanwhile, he remarried: his second and last wife was a woman from Rimouski named Hélène Morin.



In total Villeneuve had seven children, four with Simone and three with Hélène. The nine Villeneuves lived in their modest sized house at 669 rue Taché, Chicoutimi, beginning in 1950.



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