John Gottfried

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John Charles Gottfried (October 13, 1917[1] in Welland, Ontario[2] – July 28, 1980) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1969 to 1977.[1]

The son of Anthony Gottfried and Lena Hoffman,[3] Gottfried came to Winnipeg at a young age with his family; they later moved to Gimli. He was educated at the University of Manitoba, and worked as a teacher for 25 years.[2] Gottfried married Fjola Josephine Johnson in 1942. From 1946 to 1955, he served as President of the Manitoba Teachers' Society in Gimli.[3]

He wrote his thesis A history of education in the Evergreen School Division as part of the requirements for an MEd degree in 1965.[4]

He was elected to the Manitoba legislature in the 1969 provincial election,[1] defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Eric Stefanson Sr. by 223 votes.[5] In the 1973 election, he was returned[1] over PC candidate Ted Revel by 56 votes.[5] During his time in parliament, he was a backbench supporter of Edward Schreyer's government. Shreyer and Gottfried were, in fact, cousins.[2]

He did not seek re-election in 1977, and did not return to provincial politics thereafter.[1]

Gottfried died in Winnipeg at the age of 62.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hansard" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. March 10, 1981. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b Normandin, Pierre G (1975). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  4. ^ Gottfried, John C. "A history of education in the Evergreen School Division". University of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  5. ^ a b "Gimli". Manitoba Votes 2003. CBC News. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  6. ^ "John Charles Gottfried (1917-1980)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-01-07.