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Thomas Dockter 1964-2014

We end the week with some incredibly sad news. A good friend to the industry, and a truly lovely man, Thomas Dockter passed away late last week.

Gala Awards 2013 Thomas Dockter [1]

Thomas was the leading consultant on the Digital Signage Industry in Germany and the driving force and father figure of the Digital Signage Best Practise Awards – an ‘awards’ which we have described many times as having the most professional judging process we have ever seen (or had the honour to at some stage be involved with). Thomas was an exemplar of all that judging (and judging criteria) should be.

We were very proud when Thomas agreed to join The DailyDOOH Gala Awards judging panel back in 2012. His illness got the better of him that first year and although he served on our panel and helped us choose the best that the industry had to offer, he was unfortunately unable to join us for the big Black Tie event that particular November.

How pleased we were then, that last year he and his partner, Caroline Zöller were able to come and join us in London (that’s them looking resplendent in the picture above). It is some comfort to us that their last journey together was that event and a subsequent weekend in London. Caroline has told us that she is very grateful to have these good memories.

In December 2013 Thomas knew that his cancer had returned. His big goal was to make it to his 50th birthday in January, which he did and which he celebrated with close friends and family. Sadly he passed away a few days later.

I am sure that all of those in the industry who knew him will join me in sending their best wishes to those whose lives he touched and especially those he has left behind in Cologne.

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#1 Comment By Dave Haynes On 30 January 2014 @ 18:58 @831

Very sorry to read this. Nice man.

#2 Comment By Dirk Huelsermann On 30 January 2014 @ 19:10 @840

Thomas was well known and well liked in the German Digital Signage Industry. His dry sense of humour and infectious smile will be sorely missed.

#3 Comment By Jason Cremins On 30 January 2014 @ 19:18 @846

Very sad news, I met Thomas several times and he was always very polite, knowledgeable and passionate about our industry. Condolences go to his family and close friends.

#4 Comment By Tom Milner On 30 January 2014 @ 20:02 @876

Terrible news, I’ve lost far too many of my friends to various forms of the Big C and you simply cannot measure just how devastating it is to the individual and their family.

RIP Thomas!

#5 Comment By Alex Hughes On 30 January 2014 @ 20:36 @900

I met Thomas twice – once at the Gala Awards and previously at Viscom – a kind, unassuming and genuine man.

#6 Comment By Beppe Andrianò On 30 January 2014 @ 21:19 @930

Thomas was the perfect example of coerence and passion.
The German market was surely drived and helped from their efforts and initiatives. Condolences to Caroline and his family.

#7 Comment By Pat Hellberg On 30 January 2014 @ 22:58 @999

So sorry to hear about this. Had the pleasure of working with Thomas at Viscom in Frankfurt a few years ago. He was known for his strong advocacy of the industry. But I’ll remember him more for his intelligence and accommodating nature. A real gentleman.

#8 Comment By Paul Flanigan On 30 January 2014 @ 23:51 @036

Very sad news. I met Thomas and got to know him when he hosted me at Viscom in Frankfurt a few years back. An absolutely wonderful host and colleague.

#9 Comment By Bryan Crotaz On 31 January 2014 @ 10:29 @478

That’s terrible news. I’ve worked with him twice on the Viscom awards and will remember a very friendly and funny man. We spent ages laughing behind the scenes together at Viscom. Didn’t get a chance to say goodbye as we missed each other at the end.

#10 Comment By MIchael Gaffney On 31 January 2014 @ 13:13 @592

We took great pleasure in knowing and working with Thomas from way back many years. A truly good and kindred spirit – RIP

#11 Comment By Stefan Stallmann On 1 February 2014 @ 11:50 @535

R.I.P., Thomas!
During my time at ~sedna as product manager he was pushing me and the product(s) in the right way with a lot of humor and very reflected at the same time keeping in mind how bizarre the whole digital signage world can be. I remember the Digital Signage Best Practice Award 2010 in Frankfurt and the time after. He was a pretty cool guy and a nice person, although we only met and talk only a few times. 😉

#12 Comment By Ronni Guggenheim On 1 February 2014 @ 15:18 @679

What a sad news. What a lovely man, truly a good heart and always friendly. Will miss him… My thoughts go out to his family.