Alan is married with two children – Phillippa (18) and Jonathan (15). Alan’s wife Anne is a nurse who works at the Waikato hospital as a clinical trials coordinator.
She has two children Petra (15) and Gabrielle (13). The family has a little miniature schnauzer called Harry
Alan enjoys fishing and boating and the odd round of golf (very odd). Recently Alan has taken up the violin and is persevering with the American fiddle and bluegrass styles of playing.
Alan has been involved in the funeral business for most of his life. Alan’s father Anthony Eddy was the co-founder of Seddon Park Funeral Home, one of the most successful funeral homes in the Waikato region. He commissioned, developed, marketed and distributed the early versions of FreeDAM software. Alan himself worked in the funeral home business for over five years both in IT roles and as a funeral director.
After retiring and selling the funeral home business in the 1990s, Anthony asked Alan to continue helping promote and distribute the software. Alan eventually agreed and moved away from funeral directing to work full time on developing the software, its interface and converting it to run on Windows XP. With functionality being regularly updated and improved and the introduction of electronic registration of births, deaths and marriages, FreeDAM became increasingly popular.
When Anthony retired for the second time Alan took over the running of Freedom Software Ltd and the development of FreeDAM.
Looking to the future Alan decided to re-write the software to use a modern SQL database.