Meinhard’s life was a gift to those who knew him. He filled his life with the people and activities that were important to him. He believed that happiness was success. Sadly, he was taken from us at age 58, far too soon. We take comfort in the fact that he passed doing what he loved at his favourite place in the world, the cottage.
He was born and raised in Dortmund, Germany. The second of six children, Meinhard grew up playing soccer and loving music. When he was 16, he moved with his family to Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, where he made lifelong friendships. He moved from Annapolis to study chemistry at Dalhousie University, where his circle of close friends continued growing, as did his love of learning and passion for the environment.
Although his family returned to Germany, he found home-like comfort in the welcoming arms of the Moody family. He still made a continuous effort to visit his siblings, parents and extended family in Germany.
After completing his Bachelor of Science degree, Meinhard continued to find joy in learning while completing his Bachelors of Laws, Masters of Laws, and Doctorate in Law degrees.
Meinhard loved his work. He was a passionate professor and inspired hundreds of students worldwide over his many years of teaching. In addition, he was also a prolific writer, with numerous books, articles and publications. His readers and fellow authors will miss him.
He was a leader in environmental law and never lost hope while fighting for a more sustainable world. His care for the environment extended well beyond his writing and teaching. He covered the roof of his home with solar panels, took cold showers and was often found sitting in the dark to save energy.
To Meinhard, everything was complex, but everything had a solution. He was the voice of reason. He viewed every issue from all perspectives and was always there to logically work through problems with you.
Meinhard was a devoted friend who touched many hearts with his dedication and ability to make everyone feel welcome and loved. He not only set aside time for friends and family, but he made each person feel like a priority. He was a master of time. Despite his busy work schedule, he never said no to a game of cards, a bike ride, a run, or cooking dinner with his daughters.
Meinhard’s most recent adventure, a two-year research position at WMU in Sweden, once again involved making new friends. He felt as though he had known them his whole life.
He was open-minded, inclusive and respectful of all. He took the time to get to know everyone he met and valued the perspective each individual and their culture brought to the world.
Meinhard proudly welcomed his daughters’ best friends Harrison (Klara), Tom (Alida), and Cam (Nikola) into his family. He was always comforted by the loving support they offered his family.
Meinhard is survived by his loving wife, Wendy Jardine, his daughters Klara, Alida and Nikola, his siblings, Siegmar (Gilberte), Freia (Alfred), Gudrun (Ralf), Ulrich (Yvonne) and Alrun (Thomas) and his parents-in-law Phyllis and Bud Jardine.
In lieu of flowers, the Professor Meinhard Doelle Memorial Award in support of student studies has been established at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie, and donations can be made using the following the link: giving.dal.ca/doelle
or by calling 902 476-3212.
The family also welcomes donations to the Walton Shore Volunteer Fire Depnt, who were exceptional. Their love and compassion meant so much.
4281 Walton Woods Road
Please Note: Immediately following the formal component of the celebration of life event, we will be welcoming anyone to share a favourite memory of Meinhard. For those who are unable to attend we encourage you to record a one minute video to be shared with the family. Videos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and pictures are welcome too.
Please note: Power has been restored at the Saint Mary's Boat Club.
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