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Sir Eion Edgar


Forsyth Barr is deeply saddened to note that our former Chairman, colleague, mentor and friend Sir Eion Edgar passed away peacefully earlier this afternoon surrounded by his family having finally succumbed to his courageous battle against cancer.

Forsyth Barr loses a generous, inspiring and enthusiastic leader who was with the firm for nearly 50 years.  He started with Forsyth Barr in 1972 and was in partnership with Michael Devereux and Michael Sidey for many years.  Eion was the Managing Director of the firm during the 1990s and was Chairman for 20 years between 1998-2018. 

Eion always wanted the best for the firm and encouraged everyone to take the opportunities and enjoy what we do.  He loved Forsyth Barr and seeing the firm develop. 

Eion had so many achievements during his life.  He was committed to so many causes and was involved with countless organisations too numerous to mention and do justice to here.  In recent times his contribution to business, sports, the arts and the community have been celebrated and recognised at various events and mentioned in many news articles.  They tell the story of someone who loved life, always wanted to get involved and who was incredibly generous with his time.  New Zealand has lost a truly iconic and visionary leader.  Forsyth Barr is fortunate that, despite all of his activities, the firm was always close to his heart. Eion’s commitment and generosity to others is something we can all learn from and be inspired by.

We express our sincere condolences, thoughts and best wishes to Eion’s wife of 50 years Lady Jan Edgar, to his sons Jonty, Hamish and Adam and to the whole Edgar family.  Eion was a dedicated family man who enjoyed his grandchildren and family time.

Eion lived life to the fullest. We deeply mourn his passing, with Eion still having so much more to offer.  But we celebrate an amazing life and an amazing man who gave it his all.  In his own words, Eion said that he “has been very lucky, and had a great run”.  May he now rest in peace.

Sir Eion Edgar