William Lloyd Jones

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4057
  1. James Johnson

William Lloyd Jones (“Will”; “WLJ” in all hospital documentation) was a general surgeon of great distinction. Very much the surgeon to the medical profession and their families, he enjoyed a varied and extensive practice during the whole of his surgical career. He remained a general surgeon (increasing difficult in an era of superspecialisation when young surgeons are increasingly trained to operate on only one organ)—and he was fiercely proud of it.

Will was born in Anglesey in 1940. His father was a tenant farmer, and Will’s first language was Welsh. He grew up among the farm animals and decided that he wanted to be a vet. It was not until he was admitted to hospital, having been kicked by one of the aforementioned animals, that he discovered that hospitals were even more fascinating than farms—and it was this event that guided him towards medicine.

Having been accepted for medicine at Liverpool University’s medical school, he arrived on his first day at Derby hall of residence, where he met his lifelong friend and colleague Babs Moossa, later a distinguished pancreatic surgeon in California. After qualifying he went through the customary training path of a young surgeon and spent a year in Boston, USA, researching into cardiology.

He was appointed consultant surgeon at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool, where he was a widely respected and much loved member of staff. He enjoyed teaching medical students and was often invited to be an external examiner in Dundee by his longstanding professional friend, Sir Alfred Cuschieri. In his later years he had several episodes of serious illness and finally retired from the NHS in 2006. Two years later he also gave up his private practice.

In his retirement he took up gardening at his house in Wales, where he had a large garden. He was president of the Anglesey show, and he and Jenny travelled widely in Europe and spent time with old friends.

At a routine cardiac check-up in 2013 (Will had had a bypass in 2001) he mentioned that he had had some dizziness and had been falling recently. Investigation revealed three cerebral aneurysms which were sadly inoperable. He died in September 2013. Will was married twice. He leaves his two daughters, Angharad and Teleri; his soulmate, Jenny; her daughter, Catherine; and a grandson, Harry.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4057


  • Consultant surgeon Liverpool Royal and Broadgreen Hospitals (b 1940; q Liverpool University 1963; ChM, FRCS Ed, FRCS), died after a brief illness on 3 September 2013.

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