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Arie Kavelaar

Posted By Egan Funeral Home On November 16, 2020 @ 5:37 pm In Bolton Area,Obituaries | 50 Comments

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Feb. 18, 1922 – Nov. 15, 2020

Arie Kavelaar always saw the light of music, which he loved to share.  Arie was born in The Hague, Netherlands and during WWII he shared his music by playing in the Salvation Army Band.  Following the War, he met his wife Majo (predeceased) and they went to New Zealand (NZ) via the Band.  Arie played guitar and Majo played the mandolin.

They settled in NZ and introduced Arie Jr., Dirk and Helena to the world before travelling to South Africa, Holland and finally landed in Canada.  They found their home in Caledon East and Arie has always said, “Canada is the best country”.  He believed this because of the space and the ability to raise your family in freedom.  

Arie was 18 years old during WWII and has shared many stories.   He was a mechanical engineer being a ‘precision maker’ by trade and his first job when immigrating to Canada was at De Havilland as a Tool and Die Maker.   

He always supported his 3 children and 4 grandchildren, Arie Jr. (Maribeth); Dirk (Debby); Helena (James); Devon (Phil); Heather (Andrew); Brody (Marissa); Braeden (Megan)….in all of their aspirations.  This included all sports of interest and there was no holding back!  He invented and manufactured the 1st fastball pitching machine for the 1980 Chinguacousy Midget Provincial Fastball team and his involvement led the team to win the Canadian Championships. Bravo!

Arie lived his retirement years in Wasaga Beach and Florida where he met his wife Diane.    They led an active life with tennis, aqua fit, dances, and they loved going to the beach.   

Arie had a fine tune, like a Mozart waltz.  Some of Arie’s musical talents were playing the Trumpet, Trombone, Sitar, Guitar, the French Horn and singing in choirs.  He also conducted many concert bands.  His smile, confidence, and honesty inspired us all.  Thank you for being you!!   You will be missed.  Love your family.

A private family memorial service will be held at Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton.

Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com

Condolences for the family of “Arie Kavelaar”

Condolence from Jean Van Tichelen on November 16th, 2020 6:50 pm

Helena and Kavelaar family

Sorry for your loss of Arie. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Hold on to your many memories. Rest In Peace Arie.

Condolence from Sharon and Larry Scott and Family on November 16th, 2020 7:03 pm

Arie was such an interesting and fun-loving person who loved to share stories of his life. His high energy level was always an inspiration. One couldn’t help but be happy around Arie. He brought great joy to many. It was so clear how much he loved his family and how much they loved him!

Condolence from Sandi Belford on November 16th, 2020 7:21 pm

I’m so sorry to read about your Dad. Sending you a big hug Helena. Your Dad was your biggest fan. ❤️

Condolence from Lynne on November 16th, 2020 7:42 pm

You were an inspiration Mr. Kavelaar. Always a smile and a positive attitude. I honestly thought (and hoped) you’d live forever. To Helena and family, I hope you are taking comfort in the large life he lived and the unconditional love and joy he spread around to virtually everyone. God bless.

Condolence from Carole Fitzgerald on November 16th, 2020 7:42 pm

My sincere condolences to the entire family. Mr. K was one of a kind! Loved to see his smile and zest for life! I fondly remember him cheering you on Bopper. What an amazing life he had ❤️❤️

Condolence from Barb Gross on November 16th, 2020 8:34 pm

Sweet Leni,

My condolences to you and your family.
I thank your dad for introducing us in Fort Myers. I shared many good times with him and you.

May he RIP

Love Barb xo

Condolence from Pamela and Justin Arrowsmith on November 16th, 2020 8:35 pm

We are sorry for you loss. Our deepest condolences to you and yours.

Condolence from Bolton Physiotherapy on November 16th, 2020 9:11 pm

Helena, our thoughts are with you and you family at this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace,

Sincere condolences,

Your Friends at Bolton Physiotherapy

Condolence from Christine on November 16th, 2020 9:33 pm

Dear Helena,

Please accept my condolences on your father’s passing and may Your father’s spirit be with you forever.

Condolence from Sandra Panezutti on November 16th, 2020 10:03 pm

Helena, Dirk and Arie..and Families, my deepest Condolences, I spent alot of time with Helena growing up, so many happy times with your family..God Bless..Hilltop Drive…xo RIP…Thinking of you all !

Condolence from Liisa Winfield on November 16th, 2020 10:41 pm

So sorry for your loss, Helena & family…. Your dad was influential in many lives in so many ways. He will be remembered fondly always in our hearts with great memories. RIP Arie

Condolence from Liisa Winfield on November 16th, 2020 10:45 pm

Helena and family, so sorry to hear of Arie’s passing. He was an amazing man, influential without the grandeur, and a genuine gentleman with a big heart. I will always remember him at the ballpark cheering us on! RIP Arie, you will be missed.

Condolence from Kathryn Lockyer on November 17th, 2020 6:52 am

Deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. May fond memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Take care, Kathryn Lockyer

Condolence from Maureen Webster on November 17th, 2020 8:19 am

Condolences to you and your family Helena at the loss of your father. He certainly lived a long and fruitful life and has left you with many wonderful memories. Maureen

Condolence from Jeff and Yvette Reynolds on November 17th, 2020 9:30 am

You and your family are in our hearts and mind. Our condolences on the passing of your Father.

Condolence from Bob & Lori Borlin on November 17th, 2020 9:58 am

Wow! What a wonderful life! Would have loved to met your Dad. So sorry for your loss Arie. Lori and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Condolence from Pearl on November 17th, 2020 10:22 am

Helena and family
I was sad to hear about Arie’s passing. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Your father led a very full and productive life with loving family members. I hope this is of some comfort to you and may the memories you have, be cherished always.

Condolence from Jennifer and Gary Neville on November 17th, 2020 12:37 pm

Arie was a very happy person with a bubbly and engaging personality. We loved conversing with him and learning about his interesting experiences. He was the great, gentle Patriarch of a wonderful family. We send our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Hans en Trudy Evers-Fabrie on November 17th, 2020 12:43 pm

Our sincere condolences for the family. He will be missed. I remember his visits to the Netherlands, visiting his family. He always stopped by at my parents for a visit and overnight stay. Always joyful and full of live. Sincerely interested in his Dutch relatives. May he Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Gayle Fitzgerald on November 17th, 2020 5:09 pm

Helena, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time. You had a great Dad, always remember that he was one in a million. He was always smiling and enjoyed every day it seemed. He was special. Those that crossed his path were lucky to meet and enjoy his company.

Condolence from Cheri Cowan on November 17th, 2020 6:42 pm

Dear Helena, Jim, Braedon, Brody and all the family – my sincerest condolences. Although I never met Arie, Helena shared many stories and I was always so impressed thinking if I live to a ripe old age I want to be like him. Thank heavens we have our memories to keep our loved ones with us in our hearts and our thoughts. You will have so many memories because he was an incredible Father, Father-in-Law, Grandfather and Husband. What a talented, amazing man – what a loss. xo

Condolence from Fay McCrea on November 17th, 2020 7:58 pm

Dear Helena and family:
Your father was a very special person and you spoke of his accomplishments often. He had a wonderful, long life and how great to know how much he loved Canada.
You will miss him but will have many memories.
Sincerest Condolences to you all

Condolence from Sharon on November 18th, 2020 5:38 am

Our heartfelt sympathies from the family in South Africa…Germany..England..Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Condolence from Jennifer Hesketh on November 18th, 2020 7:30 am

Dear Bo, so sad to hear the news of your Dad’s passing. You were all so lucky to have him close for so long. I hope your happy memories will give you comfort and keep him in your heart always. May the band play on!
Best, jenn xo

Condolence from Gary Boyce on November 18th, 2020 9:18 am

Dear Helena and family,

My sincerest condolences to the entire family. Many wonderful words will be spoken and written about Arie .
As a neighbor, a friend and a softball fan, I am so proud to have spent time in his company.
Arie will be sadly missed by all.
Rest in Peace.

Condolence from Carol Seglins on November 18th, 2020 1:07 pm

Dear Helena and family
My sincere condolences to you and your extended family on the passing of your father Arie. I remember how often you shared stories of how wonderful and supportive your dad was, especially for your athletic endeavours.
He will be missed by so many.
Carol Seglins

Condolence from Debbie & Ron Marshall and family on November 18th, 2020 2:30 pm

Helena, Jim and family

We are so sad to hear of your fathers passing. Our sincerest condolences to all of your family. May he RIP.

xo Deb, Ron, Courtney and Kyle Marshall

Condolence from Phyllis and Arthur Geller on November 19th, 2020 9:05 am

Dear Diane and family,

What an amazing life Arie led! We only met Arie in his later years at Indian Creek Park when we had the privilege of enjoying his music and playing tennis with him. He also strung many tennis racquets for us.

We especially enjoyed attending the dances with him and Diane! Arie dressed like a fine gentleman at all of the dances and we last saw him at the 2019 New Year’s Dance when he looked so handsome!

May Arie’s memory be a blessing for you all!

With our deepest sympathy,

Phyllis and Arthur Geller

Condolence from Toni and Jack on November 19th, 2020 10:24 am

We truly have enjoyed knowing Arie. Our condolence to his childeren and Diane. We met Arie and Diane in Florida 18 years ago, both of us being from Wasaga Beach, what a coincidence and have been friends ever since.

Condolence from Eleanor & Gerwin on November 19th, 2020 10:37 am

Dear family, we think of you and sympathize with the passing of uncle.
Uncle has meant so much to us. He stood up for me like no one else could and surprised us with his French horn to cheer us up. There are also many happy laughable moments that we will cherish and never forget. Thank you Oom, we are thankful for having you in our life.
Love to Diane and family.

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Condolence from Carla Van Leeuwen on November 19th, 2020 11:14 am

Dear Diane and family
My sincerest condolences for your loss. I met Diane and Arie through my parents in Fort Myers, as well as in Wasaga Beach. Arie was always kind , friendly and always made laugh, I will always remember him so fondly.
Rest In Peace Arie
Carla VanLeeuwen and family

Condolence from Amelia Straton on November 19th, 2020 12:08 pm

Please accept my heart felt condolence. I am so glad that Arie had such a full life. Sending prayers of comfort to you all.

Condolence from Rocco DeGasperis on November 19th, 2020 3:48 pm

Maribeth, Arie and family, my deepest condolences for your loss. May he rest in peace. Sending my prayers to your entire family.

Condolence from Sheila Tutty on November 19th, 2020 5:54 pm

Dear Helena, Saddened to hear the passing of your father. Witnessed many hours of your Dad using the pitching machine in the back garden.Our condolences and sympathy to you and your whole family. Sheila and John Tutty

Condolence from Carlene James on November 19th, 2020 6:06 pm

Dear Diane and family

My condolences
Met Arie at Aquafit he was such a pleasant person.

Condolence from Linda Huncar on November 20th, 2020 7:14 am

Arie will be missed at AquaFit. He always took the lead in the Village People’s Y M C A and got everyone involved. Hugs to you, Diane, during this difficult time.

Condolence from Sheila Tutty on November 20th, 2020 7:26 am

Dear Helena, So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Many good memories of him using his pitching machine with you in the back garden and his love of tennis. Condolences and sympathy to all the family. Sheila and John Tutty

Condolence from Giovanni Pizzoferrato on November 20th, 2020 8:45 am

To Maribeth and Arie.

On Behalf of Julia and I, we’d like to express our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the family.

Condolence from Jeff Tyrcha on November 20th, 2020 8:45 am

Maribeth and Arie – So sorry for your loss. I hope that the rich life you father led can be remembered fondly and retold over and over again. I lost my father so long ago but I still hear his voice and ask for his advice all the time, I hope you can do the same.

Condolence from Rick Davis on November 20th, 2020 11:09 am

Spirit of all spirits. Grand at being all the Father figures. Such calm. And such a great parent. God bless.

Rick, Darlene, Sarah and Sidney.

Condolence from Mahesh J on November 20th, 2020 2:21 pm

Maribeth and Arie.
Deepest condolences for your loss. May your father rest in peace and hope those wonderful moments spent with him will give you comfort.
Supriya and I send our prayers to your entire family.

Condolence from Jill Jones on November 20th, 2020 4:42 pm

My sincerest condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you in this very sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Ana Garcia on November 20th, 2020 6:59 pm

Maribeth and Arie,

Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ana G

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Condolence from Tina Blekemolen on November 21st, 2020 2:20 pm

Dear Diane and Family,
Diane I feel blessed to have known Arie he was a very special person he was also the best Pool Dancer ever.
May your own happy memories be a source of comfort to you now,With love and blessings.

Condolence from Justine Laprun on November 23rd, 2020 8:36 am

Dear Maribeth,

I am sorry to hear the news about your father in law.

I am sending you and your husband my sincere condolences .

Best from Hong Kong.

Condolence from Elka and Family on November 24th, 2020 1:00 am

We are so sorry that Oom Arie has passed. What a beautiful description of his life. You must be so proud of him! What joy he has brought to all.

Condolence from Wynette Ward on November 26th, 2020 9:35 pm

Maribeth, Arie and family,
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I hope it brings you some comfort knowing the beautiful and full life that he lived.

Condolence from Stephen Kavelaar on December 16th, 2020 11:45 am

Dear Arie, Dirk, Helena and family, I sent you our condoleances. We feel sorry to hear that our uncle Arie died. We have good memories to the time that all of you lived in Oegstgeest Holland, before leaving to Ontario Canada. I remember my holidays in 1978 in Canada.
Uncle Arie was the last of the Kavelaar family still alive, always kind and tender.
Stay strong. A lot of family greetings, also from Paul and marianne (unfortunately died in 2014)
Stephen (stephenkavelaar@hotmail.com)

Condolence from Stephen Kavelaar on December 17th, 2020 12:04 pm

Dear Arie, Dirk and Helena,
I wroet that marianne died in 2014. But it was Peter. Excuses for this failure

Kind regards from us all, Stephen

Condolence from Hella Visser on April 28th, 2021 11:47 am

Hallo family in Canada,
Although it has been half a year, my condolences with the loss of uncle Arie.
I heard of his deceace recently from Marianne Kavelaar the niece of my late husband Arie Visser.
Arie Kavelaar(uncle) and Arie Visser(nephew) got along quite well. They both played the euphonium.
I am very sad to hear uncle Arie has gone. I remember him as a very friendly sympathetic person.
Hold on to the memories!
Kind regards,
Hella Visser

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