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Doug Edwards

Today we pay tribute to Doug Edwards, father of Hamish Edwards our Xero co-founder and Chairman of RightWay accountants, who passed away last night. Doug was a huge influence for Xero in his usual quiet and humble way.

Gail & Doug Edwards at our 2nd Xerocon in Taupo, 2011

Doug had 50 years of service to the accounting profession. In the early days he was head boy at Wairarapa College and attended Victoria University where he was pretty talented on the basketball court – captain of the NZ University Team. He went on to become a Partner at Markhams (now KPMG) before starting his own practice. Everyone who knew Doug could only describe him as a true gentleman that has had a profound impact on the accounting profession as well as Xero.

Back when they were still Edward’s Accounting, Doug gave Hamish the reigns of the family practice to implement all his crazy ideas. Many of those ideas led to Hamish meeting Rod and were ultimately the basis for co-founding Xero.

Kirk Jackson, one of our first developers who worked on the early design of the Xero accounting engine, often asked Doug for advice:

“When we first started software development at Xero, Doug was a great sounding board for ideas. He was also good at giving honest feedback with a warmth and smile that made it easy to receive.”

Always with a twinkle in his eye and a kind word to say Doug turned up to all the Xero events he could. We’ll all remember the pride on his face when his son Hamish was on stage. Doug was the proudest of Dads and we all felt that pride as part of the Xero family.

In many ways, the presentation Greg Sheehan (RightWay CEO) will give at Xerocon today on Hamish’s behalf really started with Doug.

We’ll miss him.


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Gayle Buchanan
22 February 2013 #

Thanks so much Rod for the tribute this morning for Doug Edwards and Hamish, sending many hugs and thoughts from Xerocon

22 February 2013 #

I am very sorry of your loss Hamish. Thinking of you. Your father sounds like an interesting gentleman – he must have been very proud you went on to be an accountant and together have a massive impact on the profession.

Dyean Moodley
22 February 2013 #

Hamish, my thoughts are with at this time of your loss.Your Dad must have been an inspiration in the Xero Family and he must have been very very proud to have you continue his life’s work.

Mike Brown
22 February 2013 #

Doug was the first accountant we had. He was a truly lovely man and helped us so much in our early stages. Best to all the family.

Donna Wylie
22 February 2013 #

Was really sad to hear of Doug’s passing. He was my best pupil on Xero and was never daunted about giving our new ideas a go – even though he confessed he had to try things a few times to ‘get them right’. I will miss Doug’s lovely smile and welcome hug. My thoughts are with all of his family. He will be sadly missed.

Robert Moore
22 February 2013 #

My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

David Kime
23 February 2013 #

Thoughts are with you Hamish at this sad time

Tim Norton
23 February 2013 #

Doug was my first accountant when I started 10 years ago just before Hamish took over.

Always a warm smile Doug calling me ‘young Tim’ Good man, sorry for the loss Hamish..

Sean O’Rourke
25 February 2013 #

As a fellow Father & Son, Xero Certified Accountancy Practice I am sorry to hear of this loss. My sympathies to the Edwards family.

John Younger
25 February 2013 #

My heartfelt sympathies for your loss

Brett Hansen
25 February 2013 #

Our condolences to Hamish and the Xero Family for your loss – from the Team at Hansens

Daniel Kwon
26 February 2013 #

My condolences Hamish, and to your extended whanau. Rest in peace Doug.

Paul Spence
26 February 2013 #

When iwantmyname was just starting out we sub-let some office space from Openside who were our accountants at the time. Doug had a very convivial approach to business relations and I always remember our water cooler chats and some words of encouragement from time to time. Some of the coolest little companies around town received business advice in that office and then went on to greater things. That’s quite a legacy.

Our condolences to the Edwards family.

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