Microsoft Dynamics GP community remembers Richard Whaley as educator, MVP

The Microsoft Dynamics GP community lost a veteran member today. Long time GP consultant, author, and publisher Richard Whaley has passed away following a prolonged illness.

Richard Whaley
A photo collage of Richard Whaley | Credit: Leslie Vail 


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Sad news

I found sad news about Richard Whaley who I know from his posts and blogs that helped me a lot in my work. I cannot believe that we lost him still. We will miss you greatly Richard. My prayers are for Richard's family.

Richard Whaley Passes

Curt Spanburgh
One Solution Group
Dynamics CRM MVP

First met him in 2006 at Convergence. Great Guy, but his passion and results he had on the industry made a big difference.

His publications were truly detailed, in areas of Great Plains that many GP consultants feared to tread without Richard's provision of detailed understanding of the subject.

Sorry to see him go but now he is in God's memory, and in ours.

Richard was a giant in our profession

Richard Whaley was a huge part of my professional success and his efforts to educate the world about Microsoft Dynamics are LEGENDARY. I am blessed these past several years being able to call Richard a friend of mine.

I can’t count the times I’ve reached up to the bookshelf and snagged one of his Accolade Publications to thumb through it thinking: “I think Richard mentioned something about that….”
And about 95% of the time that turned out to be true.
I was able to find the reference and provide the needed feedback to my clients.

Not ONLY that, but there hasn’t been a time when I’ve just found one of his many books, thumbed through it, and ALWAYS found some gem that I’d forgotten about or never even knew about.

He will be missed - God rest his soul.

Mike Lupro - MCP

He will be missed!

What a lovely, generous man with a delightfully quirky outlook. We use his reference manuals frequently, and I enjoyed seeing him at various GP gatherings. He was pure gold and will be greatly missed.

Michelle McDonald

Richard was a true GP Cheerleader

He always put a positive spin on everything, even in his writing, he would point out features in manufacturing no one else would have found. In several cases in his manuals he wouldn't call out a "flaw" in GP, he would just point it out and offer a workaround or a solution. I too read and pack his books with me whenever I'm on a manufacturing consulting trip. We will surely miss him. Best to his family through this most difficult time.

Richard Whaley - A true GP Professional

It was with great sadness that I read of Richard's passing. Over the years we had exchanged emails and chatted at Convergence over several GP topics. He was a major contributor to the GP community. He will be missed and I offer my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Richard E. Wheeler
Microsoft 2014 Most Valuable Professional