Anthony Robert Trickett

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 11 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f3986
  1. Paul Kettle

Anthony Robert Trickett (“Tony”) always threw himself into everything he did. After practising for a few years in Pembrokeshire he became singlehanded GP to the island of Hoy in Orkney, where he spent the rest of his life, going part time in 2000 and retiring five5 years later. He was a wise and skilful GP, compassionate, and committed to his patients and the community in which they lived. Tony was so much more than a doctor: sheep farmer, tree planter, badminton player, runner, dancer, guitarist, singer, and lyricist, among other passions. He was committed to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and was deeply involved with the Longhope Lifeboat as honorary medical adviser and later as operations manager. He was a long serving member of the RNLI medical advisory committee in Poole and also helped to set up the Longhope Lifeboat Museum. He inaugurated the Hoy half marathon as a way of getting the island’s population, especially the children, to exercise. It is now in its 27th year, still thriving and drawing entrants from far and wide. He contributed widely to voluntary and statutory organisations in Orkney and became Lord Lieutenant of Orkney in 2007. He dodged the uniform wherever possible but was always available, particularly where young people and volunteers were involved. Tony was equally at ease with royalty and his most challenging patients, and had the knack of making everybody he met feel good, in or outwith the surgery. He was great company and a true friend. He leaves his wife, Lizzie; four children; two stepchildren; and 10 grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f3986


  • General practitioner Orkney (b 1940; q Manchester 1963; MBE, MRCS Eng), died from a stroke after a short illness on 18 May 2013.

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