John Daniel Kinsella Jr.

September 11, 1972May 6, 2019

John Daniel Kinsella Jr. passed away suddenly at home on May 6th, 2019 at the age of 46, in North Bergen, NJ. Born in Jersey City, NJ September 11, 1972, John spent his early childhood in Bayonne, NJ before moving to Randolph, NJ. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1990 and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He worked for many years, in the city, as a legal secretary while pursuing his true passion, acting. In 2001 he moved to North Bergen, NJ, where he lived until his passing. He and his wife, Kathleen, married in 2002 and welcomed their twin daughters, Lily and Ella in 2009. He was a loving and devoted husband and father to his “ladies”, as well as a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. Always up for a game night, be it Trivial Pursuit with friends or Apples to Apples with his nieces and nephews. His was good-natured and quick-witted – constantly ready with a joke. His jovial nature was infectious, and you couldn’t help but laugh at his silly antics. He loved singing and quoting musicals and listening to true crime podcasts, Hersey’s chocolate, and a cold coke. When all was said and done, he was happiest at home, in his pjs, watching a movie with his ladies. Survived by his wife, Kathleen Powers, and their daughters Lily and Ella Kinsella, mother Maureen Kinsella (nee Shea), sisters Marleen Kinsella and Teresa Jones (nee Kinsella), brother and sister in law Jim and Therese Powers (nee Puso), brother and sister in law Peter and Nancy Hacker (nee Powers), nieces Katie Powers (Callum Munro), and Fiona Powers, as well as nephews Mathew Powers, Jimmy Powers, and Brendan Powers. He is preceded in death by his father John D. Kinsella Sr. and brother in law Michael Craig Jones. A memorial will be held Saturday May 11, 2-6pm at Leber Funeral Home 2000 Kennedy Blvd, Union City, NJ 07087. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Headache Foundation.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019


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Lisa Riegel

May 10, 2019

John could make me laugh so hard. What a joy it was to be silly with him when we met every week with our comedy writing group Suspicious Package. Or to be backstage with him in the play A Shot in the Dark, trying to stifle giggles so the audience wouldn't hear. I am so lucky to have been counted among his friends.

Susie Gonzalez

May 10, 2019

I express my condolences to the Kinsella family for your great loss. John was an ex co-worker at a law firm we both worked at and I always remember what a beautiful and kind human being he was. He was so proud when his twin daughters were born and always sent me photos of them and I was so thrilled he shared his fatherhood pride and joy with me. May he Rest In Peace.

Randolph Maggiore

May 9, 2019

John, it was a great pleasure of mine to get to know you and work with you with Tempest Productions in Hoboken. You were part of the first group of actors that I met up there after moving up from NOLA. It was great to work beside you in the Crucible as well as to hear your quick wit and personal views and quirks backstage. Seems like you created and brought together a wonderful family that I'm sure will miss you. May your memory linger on in our minds.
Randy Maggiore - New Orleans, LA

Marty Corcoran

May 8, 2019

John was a loving and caring man. Things are not fair in life and this is one of them.
My thoughts are with John's family and now tjst they have to keep going on in John's memory.
My love is out to Kathleen, Lil y and Ella
Uncle Marty

Gianna Prospero-Garrow

May 8, 2019

Words fail.