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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Harry Seaborn (1911-1991)

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Richard Harry Seaborn
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Music director, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966).

Born at Winnipeg on 25 April 1911, son of Ernest Frederick Seaborn and Alica Rose Crudge, he was educated at the University of Alberta and Julliard School of Music (New York). He spent three years in a seminary with the intention of becoming a minister. Instead, he worked as Musical Director at CJAY Television Limited and was Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony for twelve years. In the 1960s, he was director of the Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble and is credited with taking it to “the next level”.

First elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1958 general election, replacing Henry Baird Scott, he was re-elected in 1959 and 1962, but was defeated by Philip Petursson in 1966. In 1971, he married Alicja Kietta, an opera singer, who had fled communist Poland with her two children, having met her during a concert stop in Winnipeg in 1968. He was a Member of the Eagles, M.T.C.A., and A.F. of M. He lived at 594 Arlington Street, Winnipeg.

He died on 27 March 1991.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.

“Queen of the night,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1998, page 23.

“Polish folk group celebrates 100 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 2014, page 18.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2021

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