Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Samuel “Fred” Zaplitny (1913-1964)
Educator, insurance and real estate agent, municial official, MP (1945-1949), MP (1953-1957), MP (1957-1958).
Born at Oak Brae on 9 June 1913, son of Dmetro Zaplitny, he was educated at Fork River School and Ethelbert School, graduating from the Dauphin Normal School in 1932. He taught at Weiden School (1936-1937), Rorketon School (1938), Mink Creek, and Valley River and held the position of President of the North West Teachers Association. He later operated an insurance and real estate brokerage in Dauphin and was President of the Dauphin Chamber of Commerce at the time of his death.
On 3 December 1939, he married Elizabeth Mary Koshey (?-?) at Dauphin and they had four children. Defeated as a candidate in the 1941 provincial general election, he was first elected to the House of Commons for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1945, defeating William John Ward, but he was defeated in 1949 federally and also in the 1949 provincial election, then was re-elected in 1953 and 1957 before being defeated again in 1958 and 1962.
He died at Dauphin on 19 March 1964 and was buried in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.
Marriage registration [Fred Samuel Zaplitny, Elizabeth Mary Koshey], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
“Sudden death of Fred S. Zaplitny shocks community,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 25 March 1964, page 9.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 October 2022