Memorable Manitobans: John Charles Gottfried (1917-1980)
Educator, MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977).
Born at Welland, Ontario on 13 October 1917, he moved to Camp Morton with his parents in 1929. He attended St. Paul’s College and obtained BEd and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. For 25 years, he taught at Gimli School (1946-1956) and Goulding School (1956-1971).
He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1969 general election, representing the Gimli constituency. He was re-elected in 1973 but did not stand for re-election in 1977. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He and wife Fjola Josephine Johnson (1923-1983) had three daughters and three sons.
He died at Winnipeg on 28 July 1980 and was buried in the Gimli Community Cemetery.
A History of Education in the Evergreen School Division by John C. Gottfried, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1965.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1980, page 81.
Obituary [Fjola Josephine Gottfried], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1983, page 41.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 December 2022