William Lloyd Paly
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Marblehead MA - Dr. William Lloyd Paly, a beloved surgeon, father, husband, brother and friend, passed away peacefully on October 7 from injuries sustained in a tragic bicycling accident. He was 66 years old and lived in Marblehead with his loving wife Amy Judd, where they raised their two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin, their pride and joy.

Bill, son of Dr. Sidney and Elizabeth Paly, grew up in Marblehead and graduated from the Cambridge School in 1971. After earning his undergraduate degree from Clark University in 1975, he worked in rural health in Liberia as a Peace Corps volunteer. In 1981 he earned a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health where he met his future wife Amy, before starting down his ultimate career path as a physician. Bill attended University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Yale University and a fellowship in hand surgery at Tufts University. Since joining Coastal Orthopedic Associates at Beverly Hospital in 1992, he has helped thousands of patients to alleviate pain and regain function from hand and wrist conditions and injuries.

Beyond his career as a devoted and respected surgeon, Bill was exuberant and curious, tirelessly pursuing his many passions and multiplying talents. While he eschewed music lessons as a child, he picked up his first guitar in his 20s, studiously developing a lively finger-picking style, and exploring jazz, blues and folk traditions with a wonderful circle of musical friends who played together weekly for decades. Bill had another circle of friends with whom he shared a love of fishing, spending nearly every summer Wednesday at sea, chasing stripers and tuna. He adored skiing, mountain biking, traveling, cooking and collecting antiques and oddities. One of Bill's quieter passions was his seaside garden on Ticehurst Lane-he found boundless joy in locavore living and sharing the fruits of his labor.

Bill leaves behind a loving family including his wife of 36 years Amy Judd; son Dr. Jonathan Paly, his wife Tori and grandson Jake of Philadelphia; son Benjamin Paly and his partner Andrea Tosi of Austin, Texas. He leaves his brother David, his wife Marita and their sons Daniel and James of Gig Harbor, Wash.; his sister Melissa, her husband David Batchelder and their children Jessie, Jeremy and Ellie of Kittery Point, Maine; brother-in-law Sam Judd, his wife Renee and their children Daniel, Adam and Elizabeth of Stamford, Conn.; brother-in-law Marty and his wife Christine of Red Bank, N.J.; and mother-in-law Maxine Judd of Westfield, N.J. Bill was predeceased by his parents Sidney and Beth; and his sister Karen. He also leaves an enormous wake of friends, neighbors, medical colleagues and community members whose lives he enriched and by whom his beautiful life was nourished.

There will be a celebration of Bill's life at 1 p.m. on October 27 at Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Avenue in Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Global Oncology (www.globalonc.org) and/or Give Directly (www.givedirectly.org).
Published on October 9, 2019


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Mary Ellen Cardamone
Oct 12, 2019
The Cardamone Family extends our prayers for the Paly Family. May you be comforted with knowing Bill was loved & admired by so many.
The Robert Duhaime family
Oct 11, 2019
RIP. We were so sad to hear of your passing. You have been our doctor for many years and have made our lives much better as you relieved our pain. Bless your soul and your entire family.
Dawn Murnahan
Oct 11, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. Bill was a patient and kind man who I had the pleasure of knowing through my work. The Paly family is a pretty amazing group of people, and I wish peace and fond memories for you all.
John Tucker
Oct 10, 2019
I am deeply sadden to hear of the loss of your love one. I knew his Mom and Dad back in the 70's. I remember meeting Bill when he was a small lad! I also wish to praise Bill's family for the strong support they demonstrated after the accident. May your many fond memories help to quickly heal your hearts!
Oct 10, 2019
Dr paly was a great doctor he reconstructed my thumb after years of medical transcription work and the development of thumb arthritis that came along with that profession. He said to me that eventually I would need the other thumb corrected I haven't reached that point as yet but when I do I will never find another dr. Paly. I'm so sad. I'm sorry for such sadness for his family.
Kathy Bruce, MGH Rad Onc
Oct 09, 2019
Jonathan and family- so very sorry to learn of your dad’s tragic passing.
Caaron Willinger
Oct 09, 2019
Bill was the epitome of a life well lived and cherished. He was one of the most exuberant and impassioned men I knew. That his time on earth was so tragically cut short is the utmost heartache. I will miss his charming smile and warmth.
Dawn Plona
Oct 09, 2019
So very sorry for your loss.
Janice Wanchik
Oct 09, 2019
Dr Paly put my elbow back together in July and the Hugh scar is invisible. What an awesome man he was! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family! I am heartbroken. 🙏🙏🙏