Frederick Samuel “Fred” ZAPLITNY (1913-1964)

Frederick Samuel “Fred” ZAPLITNY (1913-1964)

Fred was born in Oak Brae on 09 June 1913. He was the son of Dmetro Zaplitny and Anna Myzak. He was educated at Fork River, Ethelbert and Dauphin.

On 03 December 1939, he married Elizabeth Mary Koshey (1914-2009) and they had four children: Gail (wife of Gerald White), Frederick, John, and Michael.

Fred graduated from Dauphin Normal School in 1932 and started a career as a school teacher in the Dauphin area; teaching at Rorketon, Mink Creek and Valley River. During his teaching career he held the position of President of the North West Teachers Association. He later operated an insurance and real estate brokerage in Dauphin.

Educator, Insurance and Real Estate Agent, Municipal Official, MP

Fred was defeated in the 1936, 1941 and 1949 provincial general elections and was first elected to the House of Commons for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) party in 1945, defeating W.J. Ward. He was defeated in the 1949 election and then re-elected in 1953 and 1957 before being defeated again in 1958 and 1962. While a member of parliament Fred served with the Canadian delegation to the United Nations in New York, in 1957.

Fred took an active part in his community; he served as chairman of the Red Cross during World War II, served on town council (1951-52), member of the Ukrainian Business and Professional Men’s Club, member of the Canadian-Ukrainian Committee of Dauphin; member of the Senior Citizens Housing Committee; Director of the Dauphin Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Dauphin Chamber of Commerce at the time of his death.

He died in Dauphin on 19 March 1964 and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.


  • Birth and Marriage Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary, Grandview Exponent, 02 April 1964, page 1.
  • University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. Fonds MSS SC 31 – Frederick Samuel Zaplitny fonds
  • “Fred Zaplitny dies at Dauphin“, The Winnipeg Tribune, 19 March 1964, page 21.
  • “Fred Will Be Greatly Missed”, The Dauphin Herald & Press, 25 March 1964, page 2.
  • Obituary [Elizabeth Mary Zaplitny], Dauphin Herald, 27 October 2009, page B5.


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