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Obituary: Murray Jackson

Published on: 5th January 2024

Toy World is sad to report that Murray Jackson, who founded Edx Education and recently established Edx Education UK, has passed away.

The founder of Edx Education was a passionate advocate for providing education opportunities to all. Over the past 20 years, Edx Education has grown into a major supplier to the international education market, exporting to more than 90 countries, with sales & marketing offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia – including a dedicated trade website for the UK market.

The boom in home schooling following the pandemic kickstarted a trend for affordable toys that also offer educational value, and a real need for the company to extend its offering to consumers and toy retailers.

As well as establishing and running the successful company, Murray helped pioneer projects such as the opening of an after school center in Hualien, Taiwan, with the company sponsoring the renovations of a house and turning it into an after school centre for aboriginal children from the local primary school.

The Edx team contacted Toy World to inform us of the sad news of Murray’s passing and shared a letter that has been distributed to the Edx Education community. The letter reads:

Dear Valued Edx Education Community,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sombre news of the sudden and untimely passing of our CEO and president, Murray Jackson on 3rd January, 2024.

Murray, who founded Edx Education Co in 1996 and recently established Edx Education UK in 2023, loved to innovate. While championed as an industry leader for many decades and respected across the globe by every level of business, Murray was more comfortable in the “trenches,” as he would put it. He could always find better solutions for customers and suppliers alike. In over 27 years of running Edx Education Co Ltd Taiwan, he never let anyone go – a testament in itself to his dedication to hiring, supporting and inspiring staff.

Murray Jackson was not only an industry leader but also a mentor to many, and an inspirational force behind this organisation’s growth. His unwavering belief that ‘challenging times breed innovation’ has been a guiding principle for our journey to date.

(He would cringe at the mention of this ‘m’ word, humbly saying he was learning as much as he was giving.)

Murray has fostered Edx Education sustainable practices, with CSR programme, extensive manufacturing, exporting to more than 120 countries and, more recently, was interviewed for his incredible contribution to the Taiwanese import and export business.

During this difficult period, we want to assure our customers that the Edx Education team remains committed to providing the excellent products and services you have come to expect. In the interim, our general manager, Pony Wong, will be working closely with the board to ensure the smooth continuation of Edx Education Co business operations across the globe.

If you have any inquiries or require assistance during this time please do not hesitate to reach out to Pony via pony@edxeducation.com.

We understand that Murray’s passing leaves a significant void, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to all who have been touched by his leadership and vision. We are grateful for the support and understanding of our valued customers during this challenging time.

Sincerely,
David Jackson, Heather Welch and Pony Wong, Edx Education

Toy World would like to add its condolences to everyone who knew Murray.

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