Following a short and intense battle with seizures, we lost our beloved patriarch.  Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 43 years, Alice; son, Rick (Rhonda); daughter, Diana (Nick); cherished granddaughter, Caitlin and very special family members Valerie and Melinda.

Art was born in Wageningen, Holland and immigrated on his own at the age of 17, arriving in Saskatoon.  He spent a short time working on farms and in mining.  However, the west coast beckoned and he set off for Port Alberni—a boom town in those days.  There, he worked in trucking and married his first wife, Ann, the mother of his two children.

He moved the family to Victoria in 1960, where he started Reliable Transfer, a household goods moving and storage company.  Alice joined the company in 1967.  The two became an inseparable team, building the business and eventually marrying in 1976.  Art bought land in the Royal Oak area to expand his trucking business and soon realized that this land was far too valuable to become a parking lot for trucks.  He sold Reliable Transfer in 1975 and set out to rezone the land in Royal Oak.  He was very instrumental in the creation of the Royal Oak Industrial Park and the visionary of the present-day Harris Green area.

Art built and owned many projects in the Greater Victoria area through his construction business, Aral Construction.  He was very active in the Urban Development Institute and earned a reputation in business as a tough but fair negotiator.  His word was his contract.  In 1989, he became involved in First Island Financial Services, retiring from this venture only in April 2018.

Life was not all business for Art.  He adored spending time with his only grandchild, Caitlin.  He and Alice enjoyed decades of boating in our local waters.  His last boat, the Aralee, was a classic 53’ Canoe Cove that took them as far north as Alaska and most boating destinations in between.  They enjoyed 23 very happy years on the Aralee and were members of the Victoria Cruising Club for much of that time.  Art and Alice travelled extensively and loved cruising the world.

Art was always very grateful for the opportunities that this great country presented to a hard-working, ambitious young immigrant and never missed a chance to be a mentor to others.  He was a great supporter of many meaningful causes in Victoria. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Victoria Foundation in Art’s memory.  The Art Kool Legacy Fund will support causes of importance to Art and his family. Donations to the Victoria Foundation may be made by calling 250-381-5532, #200 – 703 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E2.

A Celebration of Art’s Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, March 29, 2019 at Victoria Ocean Point Resort, 100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Dewight Friedmeyer
    March 28, 2019

    Sorry to hear of Art’s passing, we will never forget the opportunity you both gave us when we were first starting out.

  • Warren Darlington
    March 28, 2019

    It was a great experience to meet such an open, balanced individual; my regret was to not ask permission to record his life story, as told by Art. I feel his biography would be one of the great inspirational guides for anybody, especially today’s youth. Honesty, hard work with forethought was Art’s path to success. Sincere condolences, Warren Darlington

  • Faye Keys
    March 25, 2019

    I met Art a few years ago. As we got to know each other we realized that he probably worked on some of the farms owned by my extended Family in Saskatchewan when he was young. He would have fit in perfectly with my Uncles! I considered him my friend. I will miss him. My condolences to Alice, Caitlin and family.
    Faye Keys

  • Larry and Hanne Wilmshurst
    February 14, 2019

    To Alice and family,

    We are so sad to hear of Art’s passing. We will always remember him as a very capable, smart, honest and decent man, and who we have always admired. We are grateful to have known him. He will be missed.
    Our sincere condolences.
    From Larry and Hanne Wilmshurst

  • Ian Vantreight
    February 14, 2019

    Art was a good man, good neighbour and great mentor. I was honoured to called him a good friend.

    Thank you, Art.

    My condolences go out to the entire Kool Clan.

    Ian Vantreight

  • Yvonne (and André), Saskia, Natalie, Henk, Rody, Sterre, Björn, Merlijn and Lars
    February 13, 2019

    Dear Alice, Rick and Rhonda, Diane and Nick, Caitlin and family,
    Our deepest condolences to all of you!
    We are very sad that our dear brother and uncle Art passed away. It is a great loss for all of us.
    We have great memories of him.
    Although he lived most of his life in Canada and we live in Holland, he was always in our hearts.
    He often visited Holland and when we saw him again it was like we saw Art yesterday. It always felt right and familiar.
    We are very proud of what he accomplished in his life in Canada; his family, his work, the boatlife (on the Aralee). He was a very special man. We will miss him.
    We wish you all a lot of strength in these incredible hard times!
    In our hearts we are with you, thinking of you.
    All the best!
    Love your sister Yvonne Brandhorst-Kool (and André), Saskia, Natalie, Henk, Rody, Sterre, Björn, Merlijn and Lars

  • Geri and Allan Jacques
    February 12, 2019

    Geri and I extend heartfelt condolences on the loss of Art. Art was a treasure and a joy to share time with. We loved his stories and love of life, and regret the health struggles he had to face for the past several months. Art was blessed with many friendships, and we hope that you, Alice, can take some comfort in knowing that Art made his admiration and appreciation of you widely known.

  • L and M Bieller
    February 12, 2019

    Len.and Marg Bieller

    Feb12 2019

    Our deepest sympathy to Alice and family.Art will be forever in your hearts.

    Cherish the memories.

  • Konrad and Heather Pass
    February 11, 2019

    Dear Alice and Family,
    Our sympathy to all of you. We hope that fond memories of earlier days will comfort you through the days to come. Strength and courage.

  • John and Emma Robbins
    February 9, 2019

    We were saddened to learn of Art’s passing. Our condolences go out to Alice and all of the family. Take comfort in the many good times you shared together.
    John and Emma Robbins

  • Elis & Maureen Vandenberg
    February 8, 2019

    Dear Alice:

    We were very saddened to hear of Art’s passing.
    He was a remarkable man and we were glad to have known him, even for just a short while.
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Elis (Al) and Maureen Vandenberg

  • Dave Campbell
    February 8, 2019

    Alice and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Art was a true gem of a man and a shining example of what you can accomplish when you treat people the right way. I’m sure you know he had a wonderful influence on this world and that influence will live on. Best wishes

  • Peter Schuller
    February 8, 2019

    To Alice, Rick and Rhonda, Diane and Nick and Caitlin,

    Donna and I (peter) where very upset with the loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather

    We where friend s for a long time, I first met your Husband and Dad ack in Holland in Bennekom,

    In 1947 Ho went to Canada just before Me I think it was about February 1955 and I arrived in A;ril

    1955 and we never lost track of one and other, again Art will be missed Donna An Peter

  • Vaughan and Rita Balaam
    February 8, 2019

    Dear Alice and family.

    Vaughan and I would like to send you our deepest condolences and wish you lots of strength in the coming days, weeks and months. Art’s physical departure will leave a large whole in your hearts, as he was a very special man. I liked him right from the get go. It was such a pleasure to meet you, Alice and Art, at the VCC get-togethers. Thinking of you lots during these difficult times. xoxox

  • Peter Schuller
    February 8, 2019

    Peter ,Donna Schuller

    To Alice, Rick and Rhonda Diane and Nick and Caitlin.

    our hart felt condolences with the Loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather

    WE go back a long time when I first met Art in Holland in 1947 and been friends ever sins

    We will miss Art, I can not belief He is Has passed away

  • Murray, Shirley Hesje
    February 8, 2019

    A dear man, our privilege to know, albeit briefly. Our condolences to Alice and the family.

  • Lisa Smith
    February 7, 2019

    So very sad to here of the passing of Art. I had many conversations with Art about world events and Holland as my sister lives there I spoke a few words to Art in Dutch and he always corrected me with my pronunciation. I will miss our talks. My condolences to Alice, Diane and family.

  • Bruce & Tina Henderson
    February 7, 2019

    So sorry to hear of Art’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Our love and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. Your memories are yours forever. Bruce and Tina Henderson.

  • Chuck MacKenzie
    February 7, 2019

    Art was one of the few all seaon sailors and also an all around straight shooter who sailed our coastal waterways. Our condolonces to Alice and family.

  • m.c. and i.a. schuller
    February 7, 2019

    Dear Rick, Diana and Alice,

    Please accept our heart felt condolences on the loss of your father and husband. We have a special connection, first of all through your uncle Pete, since 1955 in holland your dad’s fast friend.
    Then of course your dad marrying our sister Ann we all became family. All the best in this most difficult time for all of you and your family, our thoughts are with you.

    Love, aunt Erayna (Irene) and uncle Case (Kees) and all our family, Guelph Ontario

  • alice Howes
    February 7, 2019

    Thank you for letting us know of Art’s memorial service. The write up of Art is perfect as it does tell the story of his life and what one can do if you work hard. We will see you on the 29th.

    Love Don and Alice

  • Phil Hendry
    February 7, 2019

    Hi Alice
    Still hard to believe
    Had tons of fun with the old guy with
    some of are antics
    He will be missed
    PHIL Hendry

  • Bill & Joanne Moffatt
    February 7, 2019

    Our deepest sympathy to Alice & Family. We hope your memories of Art will give you comfort in years to come. Memories are the legacy of love. We know he will live on in your hearts always.

  • Marilyn dinning
    February 7, 2019

    I will really miss his company, long stories and the many dinners we shared. Also being your guests on many boating trips.

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