When Did William Roe Die?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 19th, 2010

An author-researcher has written to Cryptomundo asking if anyone knows when famed Sasquatch eyewitness William Roe passed away. If you know, would you please share the answer in the comment section? Has anyone run across an obituary of his?

Female Sasquatch

The above drawing of the William Roe encounter’s Sasquatch was used to illustrate Ivan T. Sanderson’s men’s magazine article detailing Roe’s sighting. From the initials of the artist in the right hand corner, they do not appear to match Morton Kunstler’s.

Female Sasquatch

The closeup of the Roe drawing done by Kunstler in Sanderson’s 1961 ABSM book seems to have been based on the above sketching (but they are different).

William Roe Drawing

This drawing was done in 1958, by Roe’s daughter from his description of what he said he saw in 1955, in British Columbia.

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

3 Responses to “When Did William Roe Die?”

  1. Isaiah responds:

    According to the one source that I found, William roe died in November of 1963.


  2. dewywin responds:

    William Wallace Roe, passed away in Edmonton Alberta, Canada on Nov 12th 1963… The last photo above declares the drawing was made in 1958 which is wrong.. It was drawn by my Mother in 1957..

  3. bill roe responds:


    are you sure it was your mother we were always told it was Larry’s mother that drew that picture.

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