Richard Harry Seaborn (born April 25, 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba; died March 27, 1991)
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 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.