W.P. Kinsella

  • Born: May 25, 1935
  • Died: September 16, 2016
  • Location: Hope


Canadian author whose writing inspired the movie "Field of Dreams"...

W.P. Kinsella, a Canadian author whose writing inspired the movie "Field of Dreams," died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Hope, British Columbia, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   November 03, 2016

Kinsella family, sorry to hear about the death of your family member. He will be missed!!!!!!!

Posted by Irene Moretti - Vero Beach, FL - Friend   September 24, 2016

As you celebrate a life well-lived, may your hearts be filled with joy and laughter, as you recall all the "happy" times you shared together. (Psalms 90:10)

Posted by McGhee - GA   September 21, 2016

Hello Kinsella family sorry to hear about the death in your family. Read act 24:15 in your Bible for comfort.

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2016

Offering my condolence on the loss of your loved one, may you find comfort in his memory.

Posted by T S - GA   September 20, 2016

I loved ALL his Books about the Ermineskin Reserve.
Moccasin Telegraph
Dance Me Outside
Fencepost Chronicles
Silas & Frank are hilarious.

Posted by Dora Dailey - Rockport, WA   September 20, 2016

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2016


Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   September 20, 2016

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2016

My deepest sympathy to your family during this sad time. May you you all have peace in knowing that the God of comfort will be there to sustain you through this very sad time.

Posted by - OH   September 20, 2016

My all-time favorite movie. A beautiful, original story and movie. He's playing ball with all the fellows now, and his dad. He has returned to the Sparkling Stream.

Posted by F Montag - AZ   September 19, 2016

My sincere condolences to relatives, friends and literary admirers. Celebrate a life well-lived and the talent he shared with us. Though we are never prepared for the loss of a loved one, find comfort in Almighty God's promise to be near to all those calling on him (Psalm 145:18). -pth

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2016

To the family and friends of Mr. Kinsella, please accept my heartfelt condolence on the loss of your loved one. One day soon all pain and suffering will be completely eliminated from among mankind according to God's promise. Please trust in God and his promises during this stressful time and rely on him for the strength needed to cope now and in the days ahead.

Posted by VW - Charlotte, NC   September 19, 2016

I was honored to meet W.P. at a talk he gave in Cincinnati. He signed a copy of Shoeless Joe for me. W.P. took time to talk to me. When I meet him again..........we will have a toss.

Stuart Hodesh

Posted by stuart hodesh - cincinnati, OH   September 19, 2016

I had the pleasure of working for Bill when he owned Caesar's, a small restaurant in Victoria. To this day I have not found a pizza as tasty as the one's Bill made. I enjoyed my time working for Bill and i appreciated that he kept in touch through his yearly letter. To Bill's family, I offer my deepest sympathies.

Posted by R. H.    September 19, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with the KINSELLA FAMILY in their time of grief. Please take comfort in knowing that 'God' is with those broken at heart.

Posted by Rick - Chicago, IL   September 19, 2016


Posted by michelle plakas-kaiser - kaiserslautern, germany   September 19, 2016

Celebrating a life well lived, you will cherish the memories forever. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Psalms 62:8 mentions, Trust in him at all times, O people. Pour out your hearts before him. God is a refuge for us. . I hope you are able to find some comfort now and in the days to come. -

Posted by AS    September 19, 2016

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by - OH   September 19, 2016

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by JF    September 19, 2016

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one.

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2016

Born and raised an Indians fan. Shoeless Joe was one of ours for a while. Spent endless days as only child bouncing balls off of the brick farmhouse in which I grew up next to cornfields dreaming of playing in the majors. Cover has come off my copy of shoeless Joe from annual reading. I still envision that I will after 30 years as a pediatric Doctor, if I am worthy get to play ball in Heaven. Thank you WP for telling us that it can be so! RIP noble prince!

Posted by Carmen Talarico - Blowing rock, NC   September 18, 2016

My condolences to the Kinsella family for the loss of your dearly loved William. May the many memories and his literary be a source of encouragement for future authors. And may the God of tender mercies and all comfort give you some peace and strength during this difficult time.

Posted by A C - FL   September 18, 2016

My sincere condolences to the family. I know W.P. memories will forever live on in the hearts of all he has touched over the years. May the words at Psalms 116:15 bring comfort to you during this time of your life.

Posted by A friend   September 18, 2016

you know being sck and in pain is bad when you need help to die. No one should have to suffer.

Posted by A friend   September 18, 2016

Truly sorry to hear about W.P. Kinsella. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise (Luke23:43)

Posted by A friend   September 18, 2016

Many years ago, I attended the same high school as Bill Kinsella, Eastwood High in Edmonton. Bill was a friend, and he was somewhat shy, but also very kind, brilliant and totally likeable. He was a friend no one who knew him would ever forget. Perhaps he is now entertaining those in the spheres of angels with his wonderful stories. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I will not sign with my married name, but with my maiden name in the long past days when I was friends with Bill. God Speed, old friend.

Posted by Verna Bourcier - Edmonton,AB,Canada - Classmate   September 18, 2016


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - St.Agatha, ME   September 17, 2016

Godspeed, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   September 17, 2016

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