ForeverMissed
Dear Friends
This memorial website was created in memory of our friend and colleague, Roger Adlard, who passed away very suddenly and completely unexpectedly on the 5th October 2021. 
Plastic surgery has not only lost a great hand surgeon and fantastic colleague, but above all we have lost a much loved friend. Our team here at St George's is utterly devastated. He was universally loved and always managed to make everyone smile, if not laugh out loud. He is sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with his wife Julie and his family at this time. 
We know that many of you knew Roger and will undoubtedly have happy memories of him. Please share your thoughts /stories /messages here. We are sure this will help us all come to terms with this tragic loss.

St George’s Hospital Plastic Surgery Team
Posted by C B on November 14, 2021
I first met Roger in the mid 90s when he came to the British School of Osteopathy to assist with some Chemistry lectures his father was giving. After a day of chemistry he joined us in the bar and bought a round of drinks. Several drinks later I headed home slightly unsteadily - my head full of funny stories Roger had told (with a bit of Chemistry lurking somewhere). We kept in touch over my 4 years in London with him often joining us in the bar and elsewhere. He struck me as a thoroughly decent and dependable person: funny, kind, wise and genuine. He kindly organised it so a fellow student and I spent a day with him in A&E to see what went on, including a trip to the roof to see the air ambulance. So very sad that someone who gave and achieved so much should die so young; he seemed to have worked out what life is about: do good and make the world a better place.
Posted by Kay Kay on October 27, 2021
Such a beautiful service for Roger . I joined in from afar on the web. Beautiful words . Sincere and heartfelt memories from so many people whose lives he touched in one way or another . Joyful memories in abundance . Sending special love to Julie whose loss cannot be imagined . Well done ‘Auntie Maggie’ for you special words and to brother Graham and everyone who contributed . There is a saying ‘ live like you would want to be remembered at your funeral’ . Roger would never have thought of the amazing love and admiration that was shared today . Fondest love to all whose life will have a Roger shaped hole forever more xx
Posted by m vesely on October 27, 2021
Roger,

Your passing has left a void in the department at St George's which will be impossible to fill. We have all lost a great colleague and friend. Your mix of abilities and qualities were unique. You were the go-to man for all things DIY, gadgets and tech, Spanish, foodie, and music, as well as hand and plastic surgery. Your breadth of interests was immense and it was always a pleasure to learn something new from you. You always carried a smile, were most generous of your time and experience, and truly brought joy with you whenever you came into the room. We miss you greatly and can only begin to imagine how devastating your loss has been to Julie and your family. My thoughts are with them all.

You have sadly left us too soon. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Swiss Tony on October 26, 2021
My name Anthony Lelliott, Roger was my surgeon, I sliced my hand in a life changing accident, and Roger saved my hand in a long operation.
I admired him so much and devastated for him and his family, such a loss to
St George’s and the medical profession.
Just want to send my condolences to the hand unit and to his family.
RIP Roger Adlard . You will be missed.


Posted by Bruce Philp on October 26, 2021
I was very sad to hear this news today. I had the great pleasure of knowing Roger as a trainee, having appointed him as a Specialist Registrar when I was Training Program Director for London Deanery, and then when he worked at St Andrew’s. He was thoughtful, kind, funny and never afraid to ask for help or advice. He was a model trainee and from what others have said here, a model Consultant. Though he is sadly gone much too soon, he lives on in all our fond memories and in all those he helped as a plastic surgeon. I hope someone can write a good obituary for him.
Posted by Peter Macneal on October 25, 2021
I had the great pleasure of working with Mr Adlard as a registrar at St George’s. He was a highly skilled reconstructive surgeon, with surgical cases making national news, but beyond this, he was a man who was loved by patients and staff alike. I was always amazed by his way of relating to patients of all ages and walks of life. He had a real gift in this way and a charming presence about him with an ability to bring a smile to the face of the most anxious patient in a stressful situation.
He clearly had a brilliant mind with an astounding depth of knowledge ranging from surgery to music and film. I always enjoyed discussing the latest films or talking about experiences of travelling the world with many a laugh had. I will greatly miss this wonderful surgeon and true gentleman
Posted by David Thomson on October 17, 2021
Roger was my first boss when I started as a registrar at St George's and he was a pleasure to work with, a confident and talented surgeon who was a great trainer, and always a pleasure to operate with. His wit and good humour will be sorely missed and he had this wonderful ability to get on well with everyone around him and make the whole team feel valued.
Posted by Marjo Thomson on October 15, 2021
I knew Roger as a colleague from St Helier Skin Cancer MDT, and also as my hand surgeon when I injured my finger. He was always so approachable and kind. He lived life to the full, and I loved to hear stories from his frequent travels. He is greatly missed. My condolences to his family and friends, and to his colleagues at St Georges.
Posted by Steph Poole on October 15, 2021
Roger was such a lovely person, a pleasure to work with and very kind.

We had been in contact recently regarding work, and I was hoping we’d have the opportunity to work together again.

Rest in peace Roger, you will be greatly missed.

My condolences to Julie and your family.
Posted by Vasu Karri on October 14, 2021
I shall miss you Roger. I will always have those fond memories of our time together. Your energy, happiness and zest for life touched everyone around you. The first time we met at St George's, it felt like we had known each other for years. That's what made you so special to me.

My sincere condolences to Julie and Rogers family.
Posted by Christopher Powell on October 14, 2021
I had the greatest pleasure of first working with Roger when I was an SHO at Charing Cross in 2005 and then again when we registrars a couple of years later at St George's. Genuinely one of the funniest men I have ever met and the wittiest of raconteurs. A real zest for life. In latter years we would would compare our Melbourne fellowship experiences and how much we missed that city. A true king on the dancefloor. The world shines a little less brightly without you in it my friend. Travel well. You were a true gentleman.
Posted by Anthony Forster on October 13, 2021
I only heard of Roger passing away today and what tragic news. My friendship with him was through a circle of NHS friends and I will always remember him for his fantastic sense of humour and his ability to have the room in fits of laughter with his jokes. Our barbecues were never the same without him. A lovely man. RIP. Roger.
Posted by Nick Rabey on October 13, 2021
What devastating news. I was lucky enough to work with Roger at Salisbury and was greatly inspired by his dedication to surgery and ability to put people at ease. Always friendly and positive, he made time for everyone and I will cherish my memories of his limitless joke and story-telling. A real loss to the profession. My deepest condolences to Julie and family
Posted by Roland Russell on October 13, 2021
I was fortunate to have met Roger when we were both SHOs at The London. He was an absolute gentleman with a wicked sense of humour and universally liked. A truly contagious laugh. Very sorry to hear you have left us .
Posted by b seaward on October 13, 2021
From all of Hand Therapy at Epsom Hospital.
We are so saddened to hear of this tragic news. Roger was a wonderful surgeon who was excellent at sharing his expertise with everyone he worked with. Roger has a great sense of humour.
He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and condolences to his family all who new him.
Posted by Pallavi Waikar on October 13, 2021
This is so sad and tragic.
I loved working with Roger and will miss him a lot in day surgery. He was kind and caring to Patients and to everyone in theatre. A brilliant plastic surgeon too.
My thoughts are with his family and with his colleagues at St. George’s. RIP Roger
Posted by Tim Beresford on October 13, 2021
A good friend from the good days. Roger was a bloody great laugh. Had a bloody great laugh. His passing upsets me more perhaps than I would’ve expected as I’ve not seen or heard from him for so long. But I remember him so well and with so much fondness. A great bloke.
Posted by Riaz Agha on October 13, 2021
I am shocked by this sad news. I had the pleasure of working with Roger in East Grinstead. My thoughts are with Roger's family, friends and colleagues.
Rest in peace.
Posted by damien grinsell on October 13, 2021
What a tragedy for the world and plastic surgery to lose such a gentleman. You will be sorely missed "Down Under" where you did your fellowship. Condolences to friends and family.
Posted by Anita Jatan on October 12, 2021
It was a privilege to meet, work and get to know Roger in Melbourne during his fellowship at the Western Hospital. He did indeed know how to make people smile, including some of the most hardened patients! Roger was a welcome friendly face when I moved to London & seeing him subsequent was guaranteed be laughter-filled event. I send my sincere condolences to Julie, his family & to those who knew him far better than I, who are also deeply saddened. Rest in peace.
Posted by Victoria Ryan on October 12, 2021
I met Roger at university, before I met my husband, he was my London Hospital Union drinking buddy and most excellent dancer. He was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people . He was also hilarious , told the worst dad jokes and was a demon with the selfie stick. When he and Julie came to Australia it was so lovely to reconnect with him and meet Julie, the perfect couple. Like everyone else I feel so privileged to have had him in my life, but so gutted that life can be so unfair. Sending so much love to Julie and Graham at this really sad time.
Posted by Leila Razavi on October 12, 2021
I was so shocked and saddened to read about Roger.  I knew Roger when he was a SpR for plastics at STG and I was the service manager.  Roger always had a joke to tell - some funnier than others.  It was lovely to see him come back to STG as a consultant (all grown up).  My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. 
Posted by Magnus Arnander on October 11, 2021
Dear Roger. I pray that you are resting in peace, and for the loved ones that you have left behind. Reading these numerous and varied testimonials and messages show what a great person you were, how many people you touched and influenced and it was a real privilege to have known and worked alongside you, I wish it had been for longer.
Posted by Sarita ROBINSON on October 11, 2021
I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Adlard. Dr Adlard completed surgery on me as a joint case in September 2021; He was such a gentleman and wore a brilliant smile. I am so lucky and eternally grateful to have been looked after so well by him. My thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time. Rest in perfect peace Dr. R. Adlard.
Posted by Krister Solidum on October 10, 2021
One of the coolest surgeon I have worked with. We are devastated to learn you have been taken too soon Mr Adlard. We will miss you dearly.
Posted by Rajan Uppal on October 10, 2021
Words can't express the sadness and shock of hearing the news. Still hasn't sunk in. Roger was a fantastic guy all round. Always helpful and considerate. Always positive and smiling. Thoughts and prayers with Julie and family,
Rajan and Lauren
Posted by Rebecca Sayers-Brown on October 10, 2021
Since learning of Roger's passing , I cannot stop thinking about him and poor Julie. He really was such a top guy ! Scrubbing with him at the qvh , always meant you had a great day . I loved his humour and kindness, and he had a smile that lit up his whole face . I remember one particular time myself and a colleaque were working in theatre with him and we had pulled up a picture on social media of him in his speedos and we were all laughing and taking the mic , saying oooh look at you in your budgie smugglers , ofcourse he was laughing and joining in with the banter too! I'm so so sorry for his wife and family. Shine Bright Roger as you always did xx
Posted by James Busby on October 10, 2021
Simply put, a genuine gentleman and someone who I had the pleasure to call a friend. My thoughts are with Julie and all Roger’s family. Terribly sad news.
Posted by Joseph Ward on October 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear that Roger has passed away. As my first boss when I arrived at St George's, he made a real and lasting impression on me. Professionally, he was an adept surgeon and an excellent and hugely supportive trainer. More broadly, he was generally just great, great fun to be around. He always had a multitude of amusing anecdotes and or dodgy jokes to tell, cared deeply about his patients and was never afraid to stand up for what he thought was right. Within the plastics department and wider hospital, his humour and unassuming manner made him popular with colleagues at all levels and across nearly every discipline. His loss will leave a huge hole at St George's and I will sorely miss him.
Posted by andrew mellington on October 10, 2021
On behalf of the Plastic Surgery Department at QVH

Without exception, Roger is remembered with great fondness by all of those at QVH who had the pleasure to work alongside him. Roger possessed that rare combination of old school charm and effortless wit, never failing to lift the spirits of those around him. No-one ever had a bad word to say about Roger (a rare achievement for a surgeon). Junior doctors wanted to emulate him, nurses loved to work with him, and his patients were safe in the hands of a skilled, compassionate, and generous man. Our sincere condolences to Rogers family, friends, and colleagues. We shall miss him.
Posted by Louise Burton on October 10, 2021
I have known Roger for 5/6 years as I was the partner of his brother Graham. We usually spent either Christmas or New Year together with both Roger and his wife Julie. He loved to see and spend time with both his niece Margo and his nephew Bruno. He would spend hours building and playing lego with both of them.

He absolutely loved his life and lived it to the full! He devoted himself to the nhs and his patients! He was the most humble and down to earth character I have ever met! In his spare time he loved to grow things in his greenhouse and had a passion for various types of chilli plants. He found this relaxing and enjoyable.

He certainly worked hard but also enjoyed his free time to the full. Both him and Julie loved to get out and about as much as they could. On hearing this news I became numb for several days and was in absolute shock! I cannot imagine the pain that Julie and the rest of his family are feeling right now. Roger was so vivacious and had such a zest for life!

Days before he died he went to see the new James Bond film and a very poignant and meaningful poem is read out at the end of the film. One sentence reads, "the proper function of man is to live and not exist" Roger has been taken before he should have been. It is a reminder to us all that tomorrow is never promised, and to be thankful for everything that we have.  I will miss you Roger and I am utterly devastated. I hope you are in a beautiful place, and that on arrival you we're greated by your father.
Posted by Saif Azzawi on October 10, 2021
Such a tragic loss BDH . Roger is such a beautiful soul and an inspiring human being and surgeon. He really helped those of us who were struggling and showed guidance and care and has kept in touch since . My condolences to all the family , I know how much family and being close has meant to him . May he rest in peace and my condolences to all his family friends and loved ones
Posted by Katia Sindali on October 10, 2021
My dear friend,

So sad and shocked to hear you left this world suddenly. You were one of my first registrars in my very first plastic surgery SHO job at QVH and you taught me so much. Our paths crossed again briefly at Wexham park and then at St George’s of course, where you were a brilliant hand consultant. Always calm and smiling, making everyone around you feel at ease. I will miss hearing you laugh, your permanent tan making us all jealous and our chats about GOT and other movies. RIP my friend, you have left a big hole in the plastic surgery world and we will never forget you.
Posted by Hannah Gallagher on October 10, 2021
An absolute pleasure to work with, he will be sorely missed.
Posted by Chris Lonnon on October 9, 2021
Like everybody here, this news has come as a total shock.
Roger has brought light to our lives in so many ways.
For me, it was earlier in our lives when we became Summertime castle builders & sand eel fishermen & we tackled the problem of carrying 6 dripping ice creams each, across a crowded beach. Such fun times.
To Julie, Graham, friends, colleagues and families, I can only add to the condolences & send my hugs at such a difficult time.
Our thoughts are with you!
Posted by Mark Soldin on October 9, 2021
Roger was an integral part of our St George’s team for many years. As a registrar he was loved by all and brought a smile to the faces of staff and patients alike. He was welcomed back as a consultant with open arms.
Gentle, Kind and Caring in his approach to patients. Reliable, and Fun with a twinkle in his eye with his colleagues. We miss him and will feel his loss for years to come…
Posted by Yvonne Umeyor on October 9, 2021
I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mr Adlard. He was such a nice man, a gentle soul that touched every person that he came in to contact with. He will be truly missed. His family are in my prayers, may he rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Anthony MacQuillan on October 9, 2021
Such a lovely man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Gentle , kind, caring and fun. A true loss to everyone.
Anthony
Posted by Andrew Ryan on October 9, 2021
Dearest Roger, it is with sadness that i write this and shock at your recent death. I trained with you in London and got to spend tine with you in Australia. We are all devastated with your passing. RIP my friend
Posted by Joshua Burrill on October 8, 2021
A kind and generous senior colleague to a very green SHO when we worked at Salisbury Hospital together. Good memories including a very dapper photo. Blue skies my friend.
Posted by Joan Bagunu on October 8, 2021
Myself and all of the Nelson staff are all shocked by the news. There has never been a conversation where you would talk about all your travels and I would always get some travel tips from you. My staff have always enjoyed working with you with your jolly and friendly aura. Tuesday mornings will never be the same without you.
Sleep tight Mr Adlard. You will be missed!

Joan Bagunu
CNM- Nelson Outpatients
Posted by Paul hamilton on October 8, 2021
A friend from college and a wonderful colleague. You will be missed by so many. It’s such a sad day to say goodbye to someone so genuine and kind.
Paul and Susannah
Posted by rebecca shirley on October 8, 2021
Roger,
I have a lot of happy memories of you, while many people remember how funny you were, my overwhelming memory is actually of your kindness; at Chelmsford when you agreed to wear the nylon skin tight Abba catsuit with the frilly leg detail that I was so fearful of wearing you took the worry away from me and put it on yourself, and then I remember a very funny dance and that it actually suited you much better than me.
I remember great support and encouragement and you and Mary buying me a drink when I didn't get a job.
Julie,
I would love to catch up soon, feel so sad that I didn't come to a dinner I knew you attended after some conference. I remember your wedding and going to the wrong Hurst Green, therefore missing the entire ceremony but arriving in time for lots of extremely energetic dancing.

Posted by Karen Sainsbury on October 8, 2021
Roger. The best travel guide and food critic FB has. Your posts will be so missed and condolences to Julia for loosing her husband and travel mate.
You were one of the best conductors of a ward round, swift kind and professional. The Plastic surgery world has lost one of the best.
So sad.
Posted by Corinne Cayzer on October 8, 2021
Being a close friend of his aunt Maggie, I met Roger socially on many occasions in Andorra where he loved to ski. He was one of life’s gems, always with a smile on his face making us laugh & enjoy ourselves. It’s such devastating news that he’s been taken from this world so early. My thoughts & sincere condolences go out to Julie and Maggie as well as all the rest of his family & anyone who knew him. I am so very sad. RIP Roger xx
Posted by Ian King on October 8, 2021
Roger was an amazing human. I have great memories of the most enjoyable days spent in his company; he always had a story to tell and a joke to make. He’ll be really missed. My heartfelt condolences go to Julie, Roger’s family and to all of his colleagues.
Posted by Chu-Hao Chiang on October 8, 2021
Mr Adlard was a gifted hand surgeon and a wonderful consultant to work for when I was at St Georges. He was keen on training and was always happy to help in any way possible. It is such unfortunate and shocking news to hear of his passing. I wish his family all the best.
Posted by Najab Ellahee on October 8, 2021
“The most painful goodbyes are the one that are never said and never explained”

Such a tragic and devastating loss. Roger will be remembered as a true gentleman, smiling and always happy to help others.

On behalf of the Hand Team at ESTH, we will miss him dearly and like everyone else, we feel cheated by cruel fate for taking him away too soon.

Sincerest condolences and sympathy to Julie and the extended family. We hope that despite the pain of enduring this tragedy, you will still find solace in celebrating Roger’s life and all his achievements.
Posted by Shabana Jabeen on October 8, 2021
Mr Adlard, who always preferred to be called Roger. The most humble consultant with a beautiful smile and heart of gold. The tips I got from you on growing chillies have been always a success and I'll miss your Chilli and Tomato sauce this Christmas. Thank you for all the support and goodness you had shown and it was always a pleasure to work with you. Condolences to the family. Will miss you RIP
Posted by Vikki Ann on October 8, 2021
I’m in complete shock, absolutely devastated to be writing this, you were an absolute pleasure to work with and thank you for the belly laughs and support. Thoughts with your wife and family, I know from our chats you were so valued in London, though hated the commute lol, and the phrase “at the end of the day”, now that seems so cutting, I will be raising a glass for you my friend x
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Posted by C B on November 14, 2021
I first met Roger in the mid 90s when he came to the British School of Osteopathy to assist with some Chemistry lectures his father was giving. After a day of chemistry he joined us in the bar and bought a round of drinks. Several drinks later I headed home slightly unsteadily - my head full of funny stories Roger had told (with a bit of Chemistry lurking somewhere). We kept in touch over my 4 years in London with him often joining us in the bar and elsewhere. He struck me as a thoroughly decent and dependable person: funny, kind, wise and genuine. He kindly organised it so a fellow student and I spent a day with him in A&E to see what went on, including a trip to the roof to see the air ambulance. So very sad that someone who gave and achieved so much should die so young; he seemed to have worked out what life is about: do good and make the world a better place.
Posted by Kay Kay on October 27, 2021
Such a beautiful service for Roger . I joined in from afar on the web. Beautiful words . Sincere and heartfelt memories from so many people whose lives he touched in one way or another . Joyful memories in abundance . Sending special love to Julie whose loss cannot be imagined . Well done ‘Auntie Maggie’ for you special words and to brother Graham and everyone who contributed . There is a saying ‘ live like you would want to be remembered at your funeral’ . Roger would never have thought of the amazing love and admiration that was shared today . Fondest love to all whose life will have a Roger shaped hole forever more xx
Posted by m vesely on October 27, 2021
Roger,

Your passing has left a void in the department at St George's which will be impossible to fill. We have all lost a great colleague and friend. Your mix of abilities and qualities were unique. You were the go-to man for all things DIY, gadgets and tech, Spanish, foodie, and music, as well as hand and plastic surgery. Your breadth of interests was immense and it was always a pleasure to learn something new from you. You always carried a smile, were most generous of your time and experience, and truly brought joy with you whenever you came into the room. We miss you greatly and can only begin to imagine how devastating your loss has been to Julie and your family. My thoughts are with them all.

You have sadly left us too soon. May you rest in peace.
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Shared by Barbara Jemec on October 17, 2021
Glancing over at Julie and Roger at the next table at the James Bond BFIRST ball and seeing them hold hands. ♥️

Shared by carolyn johnston on October 9, 2021
I really loved working with Roger, but perhaps not the choice of music in theatres! He always had a great story and a joke to tell. He was so thoughtful and caring with both staff and patients. He will be sorely missed by all his work colleagues. My thoughts are with his family and closest friends, I can't imagine the loss they are feeling of such a kind soul.
Shared by Lenny Ng on October 7, 2021
Many happy memories of working with Roger at St George’s, who always made me and the rest of the team laugh. We will miss him so much