Trinus Arkeveld

Obituary of Trinus "Dreas" Arkeveld

With heavy hearts and cherished memories, we announce the passing of Trinus (Dreas) Arkeveld on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023. A man of profound wisdom, integrity, and kindness, Dreas's legacy is one of professional excellence and deep familial love.


Born in Holland, Dreas immigrated to Brockville at the age of 12, where he attended Brockville Collegiate Institute. This early journey shaped a life characterized by resilience, adaptability, a continuous pursuit of knowledge, and a lifelong commitment to his community.


Dreas's professional path began at Peat Marwick Thorne, where he earned his Chartered Accountant designation. His journey led him to the Leeds and Grenville School Board, culminating in his role as Superintendent of Business. His leadership and acumen in this position were instrumental in shaping educational standards in the region.


Dreas's impact extended to the Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System, one of Canada's largest pension funds. His service on the Board, recognized by his appointment as honorary Chairman in 1994, was a testament to his expertise and dedication to fiscal responsibility.


Retiring from Leeds and Grenville in 1996, Dreas then contributed his expertise as CFO for the Ottawa Carleton Board of Education, further exemplifying his commitment to public service and financial stewardship.


Beyond his professional achievements, Dreas was deeply committed to his community. He served in various capacities, notably as treasurer and commodore of the Brockville Yacht Club, and as a board member of Providence Manor Kingston.


Dreas was a loving husband to Wendy (Jones) Arkeveld, a proud father, and a cherished 'Opa.' He is survived by his siblings Cornelia Lammens (Peter), George Arkeveld (Vivienne), and Anke Eadie (Peter); his children Paul, Christopher (Susan Sly), and Michael (Tisha Nolan); and his adored grandchildren Avery Sly, AJ, Sarai, Emery, Samuel, and Oscar Arkeveld.


Dreas’s hobbies reflected his love for life and family. Dreas enjoyed long walks with Wendy, fixing things at his son Paul's farm, playing golf and shooting pool with his friends, spending quality time with his grandchildren, boating, woodworking, or just having a beer while sitting on the front porch that he would occasionally like to remind everyone he built all by himself.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Way of Leeds and Grenville. A Celebration of Life will be held in early 2024, where Dreas's life will be honored and remembered. His departure leaves a legacy of love, wisdom, and kindness that will continue to inspire all who knew him. He will be deeply missed but forever held in our hearts.


Barclay Funeral Home, 137 Pearl St. East Brockville entrusted with the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be sent online at

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