Dorothy Patricia van Dokkum (née Meade)

2 October 1932 – 3 February 2015

Today I mourn the passing of a wonderful lady who forever had a smile and a twinkle in her eye. Perhaps one day I will be able to write more, but at the moment I really miss her. RIP Mom.

To everything there is a season, a time for every
matter under heaven; a time to be born,
and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.


About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from full-time practice in 2002 to take up a lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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5 Responses to RIP

  1. dave fingleton says:


    Just wanted to send you my condolences on your mother’s passing..



    Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:24:39 +0000 To:

  2. Lucy Gahan says:

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s death, Neil. It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone so close. My sincere sympathy.

    • Neil van Dokkum says:

      Thank you Lucy. We had a lovely service in Durban today where we said farewell to a remarkable lady. I will always miss her but at least I have closure. It was difficult being so far away when it happened. Thank you for your kind words.

  3. So sorry Neil but at least you have great memories. May she rest in peace.

  4. Neil .. I am very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. My sympathies to you and your family at this sad time

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