In Memorial of Wally Lloyd

by Captain Bill

In Memorial of Wally Lloyd

May 21st, 1949 to January 30th, 2009

Wally Lloyd with his grandchildren

Wally Lloyd with his grandchildren

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of one of the great friends of Iquitos, Wally Lloyd.  No one knows what was in Wally’s mind that night when he decided to end his life. It came as a great shock to us all when we heard of his untimely death on 30th January.

Wally arrived here in Iquitos in August 2001 from Kington, Herefordshire, England to run “Jungle Jims Pub” which soon became one of the best bars in Iquitos. Laughter, music and good food where always in plentiful supply and “Jungle Jims” was the place to be until the owner sold the bar leaving Wally high and dry in April 2002.

Wally, always a worker, soon found employment and worked on several construction jobs until April 2004 when he started construction of the Amazon Golf Course, the first in Amazonia. Wally designed and constructed both the golf course and the clubhouse, which will be Wally’s lasting legacy here in Iquitos for years to come.

Wally is survived by his two daughter Katie and Racheal.

The Editor and staff of the Iquitos Times and Dawn on the Amazon, send our sincere condolences to Wally’s family and friends.

Rest in Peace Wally.

If you would like to leave a personal testimonial about Wally, please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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1 Philip Mariposa February 6, 2009 at 10:34 am

That’s come as a real shock Mike and I can imagine how it’s affected you.
Wally was a great bloke and in my time there I really enjoyed his company and he was one of the people I admired. It’s a sad loss, please pass my condolences on to his daughters, if you’re in touch with them.
Philip

2 eduardo o'shee February 6, 2009 at 10:36 am

Hello, Mike:
Those really are bad news. I´m simply desolated and as astonished as you are.
Wally was my first friend in Iquitos and I will always remember him as a gentle and amusing man who run out of luck, like so many other expats. But at this moment I can only remember his virtues and good mood.
You know, I think I have some photographs or video I took Wally time ago at one of those street barbershops in Iquitos. I will paint an oil portrait from it and, if you find it suitable, you could hung it from a wall at the Amazon Golf Club. I´ll find a way to send it to you by UPS (is it there an UPS or DHL in Iquitos?) or any other safe way. That will be my personal and loving tribute to his memory.
Always yours,
Ed

3 David Dial February 6, 2009 at 10:38 am

Hey Mike…I’m really sorry to hear about Wally. I can’t say I knew him all that well but he seemed like a good guy. If you are in touch with his friends and family, please relay my sympathies. Dave

4 Dave & Wilma Volkmann February 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

We are deeply saddened and are praying for him at dinner tonight. Also for his daughters and you Mike. Maybe you can put his picture up at the clubhouse and name the clubhouse after him.

Dave and Wilma

5 Barry Seymour Brett February 6, 2009 at 11:40 am

Wally was a bright spark on the Boulevard. Always cheerfull, I could count on a good laugh, even when things were not going too well. As a non-drinker I don’t associate too often with the ex-pats on the boulevard. But with Wally (a heavy drinker, he liked his beer) it was always different. Something about his engaging personality drew me to his table, and we would always have an interesting chat. Both he and I were world adventurers in our youth and I would be facinated by his tales. The crazy pilot that he was! But Wally was also kind and unasuming. He knew my weaknesses as well as my strenghs and he never once criticised me for anything. I never even knew that it was Wally who designed and buit the Amazan Golf Course.

6 Glen David Short February 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

I first met Wally about 7 years ago, in the Iron House. He was a gentleman and a scholar. He always had time to say hello, and tell a few jokes. I would like to augment Bill’s biography of Wally with a few extra points:

Wally, along with and Daniel Vásquez Flores, translated a short history of the Iron House from Spanish into English and published it under the title ‘Any Old Iron?’.

Wally will ne known to millions of British TV viewers, as he played the role of Sir Roger Casement in the BBC docuemntary about Casement’s ‘Black Diaries’.

Wally and his colleagues at Exotic Wood World re-discovered a tropical hardwood with pink colourings, known as ‘Pink Flame’ which had been lost to science since the 1700s:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1459116&l=a13bd&id=541028972

Wally will be sadly missed by all his friends.

7 david sheridan February 6, 2009 at 11:52 am

A sad day with the loss of a man who seemed always to be with a smile. Wally was a skilled man who loved the challenge and opportunity to solve a problem through innovation. Wally Lloyd loved to work with his hands and many times I have seen and heard him announce the solving of a logistical problem with a smile and with pride. Wally was a very talented craftsman. He was happiest among his friends, however, and he had many. Think of how many times you have walked down the boulevard and heard his laughter. A loss such as this will forever be a mystery. There may be much or little beyond the grave. We shall miss you Wally.

8 Alan Sinfield February 6, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I knew Wally for many years; I met him through Mike Collis about five years ago. I considered him a friend and would regularly sit, chat and drink with him on the boulevard, along with the other expatriates. Wally was always humorous, courteous and friendly, I never detected a bad bone in his body. I always thought of Wally as a happy-go-lucky kind of chap without a worry in the world. Certainly, he never discussed any life concerns with me. He was surrounded by people that cared and liked him…people that would have helped him if he ever needed any. I am still trying in my mind to think of any show of sadness from him and cannot think of any. Often I had spoken to Bill and Mike about the future and between us (and others) there was always a bond that I felt where we would help each other, if any of us were in trouble. I last saw Wally less than a month ago, he was in his element sitting with me and the rest of the blokes, drinking telling jokes and talking about wood (his trade), he looked as though he did not have a care in the world. Wally got up and left before the rest of the group, I remember his goodbyes and watching him wander off down the boulevard, never did I think it would be the last time I would see him. God bless Wally, rest in peace, Iquitos will not be the same without you..

9 Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com February 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I just read a post by Mike on Facebook.com, I still do not understand what happened, however I will call you Bill to find out. I considered Wally a friend, and now I have a regret, I was in Iquito about 8 months ago and was not able to talk with Wally much, I guess we both were too busy. I am in Pucallpa, Peru right now, this news makes me sad. Wally was a great guy, yea he drank a lot, and did some crazy things, however this is par for the course for the expats living in Iquitos, Peru. I fly to Lima on Sunday, I am tempted to come to Iquitos now to hear about my friend. Iquitos has changed, many of the expats in Iquitos have become serious, they work too much, they think to much, they fight, life is short, Iquitos is a place for end of the roaders to sit around and talk, enjoy life and try to keep their nose clean.

I worry, Wally had a very serious day it seems, one day he took life too serious, I am sad to see you go Wally, your friend, Andy of HoboTraveler.com

10 Sarah Reeff Mack February 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I personally did not know Wally but i know he was a great friend of my Dad’s, John Mack. I heared a lot of great things about him and after the death of my Dad, he was one of the people to console my sister and I and continued his friendship with my Dad through us. To all of his friends and family, i am truely sorry and know that he will always be remembered.

Yours Truely, Sarah Reeff Mack

11 elizabeth Vilcarromer Souza February 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Wally,
Para mi era persona buena,inteligente,alegregr , moy dedicado. A todo lo que haciaera poco cariñoso porque no encontro una buena compañero pare su vida su humilidad quel teniapor dentro y fuera.

12 Mark Jackson February 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I too was shocked & shakened of the sad news of Wally`s death.
I had the pleasure of meeting Wally in December 2007 on the Boulevard where we would all have a good laugh together, never a dull moment!
One night he took me on a pub crawl all over the town which I`ll never forget.What a laugh & a half!
I was also lucky enough to play the golf course he designed on Boxing Day while I was there, thanks to Mike.
He`ll be sadly missed by everyone,& my sympathies go out to his family.
Iquitos has lost a real character in Wally.

13 Aura Guzzmann February 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm

WALLY, MI AMIGO WALLY….PORQUE LO CONOCI DESDE EL DIA QUE LLEGO A MI TIERRA, TRABAJE JUNTO A EL EN EL RESTAURANT JUNGLE JIMS , AHORA PUEDO DECIR DE EL MUCHAS COSAS QUE NACEN DEL CORAZON, PERO LO MAS IMPORTANTE Y POR LO QUE DESDE AQUI LE DIGO …GRACIAS WALLY POR HABER DEJADO TU HUELLA EN IQUITOS, NO SOLO POR HABER CONSTRUIDO ESA CASA FUERTE Y BONITA DEL CAMPO DE GOLF CON MUCHA DEDICACION Y ENTREGA QUE AHORA ES ADMIRADO POR MUCHOS QUE NOS VISITAN, TAMBIEN CUANDO ENSEÑASTE LA COMIDA INGLESA PARA LOS RESTAURANTES AQUI EN PERU , GRACIAS PORQUE ERAS MULTIFACETICO, SABIAS HACER MUCHAS COSAS, :CARPINTERIA, ALBAÑILERIA, ELECTRICIDAD, CONSTRUCCION ETC.
SIEMPRE HAY UN LUGAR EN NUESTRO CORAZON PARA TI QUE PERDURARA EN EL TIEMPO.

14 John Wilkens February 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Wally will be greatly missed, many a time over many a beer did wally entertain mike, phil & me. A good heart and a good person. Patty and I send our sympathies to all of wally’s family, all over the world.

15 Ray Le Tarouilly February 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I write as Wally’s ex wife’s new husband. It is clear that he was an extraordinary man, gifted in many ways, and who lives on through his beautiful daughters Katie & Rachael. If I had a small fraction of his abilities I would be a fortunate man indeed. Wally is everywhere here, from the lovely pond he built, wardrobes he made, fixtures he built and tools he left which are a reminder of his many talents. May I hope that he rests in deep peace.

Ray Le Tarouilly

16 Pat Le Tarouilly February 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Wally, you leave behind our two beautiful daughters, and our four wonderful grandchildren, which I know you loved very much. Although we divorced in 2000, we remained friends .You would phone up from Iquitos and first thing you would always say is, ” hi, its only me” . As if you had just popped down the road. You even phoned me up on my 50th birthday. probably spending a days pay. You never forgot to phone the children and grandchildren on their birthday, christmas and new year, which meant so much to them.You loved life and lived it to the full. It is so sad that it ended prematurely when you had so much to offer the world. You will be sadly missed. I pray that you will rest in peace.

Pat

17 margarita vilcarromero February 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm

para los hijos de waly
waly en vida fue un gran amigo, que jamas lo olvidare, estare agradecida a el toda mi vida por que el me enceño lo que es un juego de golf lo boy a estrañar como un gran amigo enpeñoso trabajador y un gran profesor de golf y yo jamas aceptare, que el se aya ahorcado lo recordare toda lavida y espero que ustedes como hijos lo recuerden toda la vida qu sus amiga , margarita

18 Chrissie Johnston February 6, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I remember Wally for being so kind. Many years ago when my eldest son was small and I was receiving no financial help from his Dad, Wally offered to pay for my little boys shoes. I didn’t take up his ofer, but I have never forgotten that genuine offer of true kindness. I remember all the “action” photos of Kington Ladies Hockey club that he took, printed then donated, free to us all.I have some lovely portrait photos that he took of Tom (my son) and I, and Rob and I chose Wally to take our weddng pics. They are great, – lovely and natural, and we were glad to have Wally to share our special day with us. We then have some priceless black and white photo’s of our youngest son, again expertly taken and given to us, – our offer of money being refused by him.
His goodwill and generosity to people in Kington is legendary. He was a stalwart worker for the hockey and cricket clubs here, and was a friend to us all. I could go on and on, and although I had only just “found” him on facebook, his memory will have a special place in my heart. Rest in peace Wally and go well to your next place.
Chrissie

19 David Byrnes February 7, 2009 at 12:04 am

I couldn’t believe it and was deeply saddened when I received Micks email of the tribute to Wally.
I first met Wally when I first visited Iquitos in 2002 and he was managing Jungle Jims Bar. We became good mates over the 7 weeks I spent in Iquitos and he gave me valuable knowledge of Iquitos and the locals.
I returned to spend Christmas and another month in Iquitos in 03. Wally organised my ticket from Lima to Iquitos and was there to pick me up from Iquitos Airport. I always enjoyed sharing a yarn and having a few beers with Wal , especially along the boulevard of a night, watching the world and the Senoritas go by.Iquitos was a highlight of my world adventure and some of the best days of my life.
I will be back in Iquitos someday and was looking forward to seeing Wal and Mick again. It’s hard to believe Wal is gone, you will be missed Wal, gone, but never forgotten, adios Amigo Wal.
Crocodili Dave

20 Antony Taggart February 7, 2009 at 3:49 am

Although I did not know Wally that well, he was definately one of the characters of Iquitos.. My best wishes to his family and close friends. I hope that you find peace swiftly.

All the best,

Antony

21 Rob.O February 7, 2009 at 6:31 am

That’s terrible news I can’t imagine what he was going through towards the end. I met him a few times and he was a really nice bloke. Spent some time with him out at Phil’s old bar in Santo Tomas. Was always very polite and an interesting person. Will say a prayer for him and his family.
Love to his family and friends from me and Eliana.
Rob

22 bowie van der kroon February 7, 2009 at 10:28 am

Wally i met somewhere in june 2003 in wally i was seeing a man who made his living here in iquitos doing all kind of jobs,he could do that because he was very gifted and talented.
From building, teaching, bar tending and making people laugh with his never ending amount of jokes.

The best i know him personal because whe together where building some time on my house in the jungle there i will have now alway’s a memory and will see his craftmanswork.
After some weeks he started on helping building a jungle house of my only true friend John mack (rest also in peace old friend)every day i remember you passing your house.
Wally rest in peace and be strong katie and rachael.

23 Elizabeth Thomas February 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

“Such tragic news about Wally; he was such a character and lovely person, I can hardly believe what has happened… My sister Emily and I send our regards and love to you all .x.”

24 Peter Sachser February 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

Hi mike, sorry to hear about wally, worked with him on capps & capps

25 Eliana Valencia O'Connor February 7, 2009 at 3:44 pm

So sorry to hear the very sad news about Wally, so tragic. Iquitos won’t be the same without him. Rest in peace dear Wally.

26 Eric Sutherland February 8, 2009 at 10:23 am

Must say I didnt know Wally all that well…and reading the warmth of so many tributes…I reckon I’ve lost out in not knowing him better..my loss and my regret…The last time I met him …on the Boulevard of course..he greeted me with a big smile saying “Eric !! Eric the indomitable!”
which I found very flattering but also misplaced…cos it applied very much more to him than to me…and the more
I think of that now the more I’m convinced of it..and to regret my loss that I didnt know him better..

And whatever way he died I’m totally sure that he is with God now and is at peace in his blessed arms..

Eric Sutherland

(Age now 85..a lover of cruises on the Amazon..blessed by the friendship of just a few ex-pats in Iquitos esp Mike)

27 angelica hidalgo alvan February 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

Hola Mike siento mucho que Wally aya decido terminar así. Descanza en paz

28 Katie Hodges February 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

My dad was clever, talented, funny, loyal and caring among many many other things. Dad made the big, life changing decision to live in Iquitos 7½ years ago. Whilst we were unsure at the time if it was the right thing for him to do, we realised that dad wanted a more laid back lifestyle. Dad came back home for a visit almost 2 years ago and we all had a great time. Dad and his grandkids did lots together, and when I look at the photos now I realise how special that time was. I just hope that dad truly was as happy in Iquitos as he appeared to be. We would have all loved dad living here by us but most importantly, we just wanted him to be happy.

Dad – your grandkids will always know all about you and the photos that we have hold beautiful memories.

I hope you have peace wherever you are.

Love forever,

Katie
xxxxx

29 Victoria Pike February 10, 2009 at 5:31 am

I am deeply saddened to hear the loss of Wally very recently and very saddened to hear how it happened. I met Wally whilst I was in Leticia staying at Steve McAlear’s lodge and doing various treks whilst travelling the continent of
South America.

I found Wally to be one of the most humble and charming gentlemen I met and enjoyed so much time with him whilst in Leticia.

Sadly I never made it to Iquitos to reunite with Wally, something I now regret very much. Just to chat, laugh and
banter that brilliant English humour.

My thoughts and condolences are with his family at this very sad time, and I wish them much love, and hope that time
will heal them greatly.

As for Wally I will miss you very much, you always responded to my mammoth emails and encouraged me to continue my passion and love for travelling.

Until the next time we meet Wally, I hope you rest in peace.

BIG love always Victoria X

30 Anthony G February 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

Rest in peace Waloid- you will be missed

31 Jimmy Arnott February 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Jimmy (the moonlight) here…Im so sorry to here about Wally…its such a shock to us all.
I know you must be thinking (as Simon and myself are) ”if only I knew, I could have helped him”.
Sad for us all and sad for Iquitos and especially his family. Our hearts go out to them.

32 Erik Wegge February 12, 2009 at 9:06 am

This is devastating news. I gave up drinking a few years ago, however some of my
fondest memories in Iquitos stem from The Gringo Bar when it was known as
Wally’s Pub. His sense of humour, his jokes and company would last until
the wee hours. Wally, my man, you will be missed. Thank you for all you gave.

Erik the Fish

33 Gary Stoker February 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Really shocking news to hear about Wally. I used to eat every day with Wally in the last 3 months of 2001 and the first 3 months of 2002. He was a great cook. Does everyone remember the Scotch eggs that he used to make. They were gorgeous. We used to eat them with English mustard. They were great times and we had some great nights at Jungle Jims. The last time I saw Wally was the last time I returned to Iquitos in March last year. He was down the Boulevard and he was still his usual self – totally enjoying life.
It will seem a little strange when I return to Iquitos at the end of this year with no Wally around the place.
I have some great photos of Wally. It would be nice if we could all put our photos on the internet so we can look at the Wally we all remember.
Sidney Walter Lloyd – we had some laughs.

Cheers

Gary

34 Rachael Redfern February 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Dad, it’s still such a shock to us all. Although you were so many miles away, we knew you were always there for us. You never missed phoning us for all of our birthdays, and Christmas and New Year, and often you rang just to say hello and for a quick chat. I still half expect the phone to ring, and for it to be you on the other end.
When you came over two years ago, we all had such a wonderful time together. The four grandchildren were all so excited to meet “Peru Grandad.” We’ll always look at those photos from your visit with so many special memories.
When you were here, you told us all about your life in Iquitos, and you talked about it so fondly – It was like you could finally live the life you wanted to live, and be the person who you wanted to be – a free spirit.
We’ll always hold you close to our hearts.
I hope that you are in peace now, and that you can truely be a free spirit.

Love always,
Rachael

35 Derrick Arnott February 15, 2009 at 4:53 am

What a sad and tragic loss. Though my wife Chris and I only met Wally a few times on our visits to Iquitos to see our son Jimmy, the impression we formed was that he was a kind and gentle man who wouldn’t harm a fly. May we offer our deepest sympathies to his family and condolences to his many friends.
Derrick & Chris Arnott of Tenerife

36 auckoo February 16, 2009 at 11:50 am

Iquitos can turn anyone nuts!! look at me !!!

37 Shirley Friend February 16, 2009 at 5:38 pm

So saddened to hear this tragic news.My memories will be of a cheerful,happy go lucky guy who would always come in off the 18th green with a smile ,regardless of how well or badly he played, a pleasure to know and serve.A talented photographer whose remarkable work will be a lasting tribute to him , I will treasure those he kindly sent to me .My sincere condolences go to his family and many friends by whom I know he will be greatly missed.

38 henry April 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I remember meeting Wally once when he talked to us for one hour about bbq’ ing a chicken and a little cover he had made over the exhaust pipe. He seemed a kind gentle guy and a font of useful information. RIP amigo

39 Heesh February 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

I’m absolutely stunned, i was just doing a search for friends i made in Iquitos and came across this news. My heartfelt condolences go out to all his family and friends.Wally was the true gent of Iquitos , I never heard him say a bad word about anyone.He was a proud Father and Grandfather and when i was leaving Iquitos around the Christmas of 2006 he asked that i post his Christmas cards for him (The year his cards came with a post-mark from Guildford Surrey).I was planning another trip to Iquitos and wanted to search Wally to ask him if he wanted any Marmite bringing over and stumbled upon this site, it’s been a long time since I’d seen him but the news has hit me like it was yesterday that we’d talk all night over a few beers about any subject at all (as Wally was as knowledgeable as he was good company).
Rest in Peace dear friend.
Heesh (the big brown gringo)

40 Todd Warren October 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

What a great shame it is to hear this news.
I met Wally back in 2001 when he had really only just arrived.
He was a lovely fun guy and my girlfriend and I were lucky enough to spend 6 fun weeks with him going on adventures into the jungle and eating and drinking in his bar. Bloody shame Wally, what were you thinking mate? If any of the crew from that time want to contact me Id be happy to hear from you. There was a big fella in the shop next door starting up a fishing tour thing, is he still there? Might have been John?

Kind Regards Todd, RIP Wally.

41 auckoo July 29, 2015 at 2:46 am

see ya soon

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