A POPULAR retired headteacher who broke his hip after a fall on holiday in Tenerife later died in hospital of a long-standing liver disorder.
An inquest into the death of 71-year-old Stanley Williams, of Sandown Crescent, Cuddington, concluded that he passed away after being fatally weakened by the accident in the holiday resort of Arona on the Spanish island.
His wife Elizabeth, 72, told the hearing at Crewe Magistrates Court that the couple had flown to the Canary Islands on November 21 last year.
She said her husband, who suffered from a form of liver cirrhosis, had been ill for some weeks prior to the holiday, and on arrival had decided to hire himself a motorised buggy to get around.
But just a day after arriving, while trying out his new vehicle, Mr Williams, a former headteacher at Forest Street Primary School in Weaverham, misjudged the width of a walkway outside the couple's hotel and fell sideways, the buggy landing on top of him.
Mrs Williams said: 'He had a double knee replacement a couple of years ago and they found the liver condition then. He was keen golfer and had been thinking about getting a buggy for a while.
'He wanted to try and get out playing again.
'Lately he was tired a lot and lost a lot of weight. I thought he would cancel the holiday but when we got there he was in good spirits and looking forward to using his buggy.
'It was quite a nasty fall. I watched him go over and the buggy land on top of him but I couldn't do anything about it.'
Mr Williams was admitted to hospital with a fractured femur.
Doctors initially wanted to perform a hip replacement, but told Mrs Williams there was too much risk because of his liver illness.
She said: 'One of the Spanish doctors told me through an interpreter that if a healthy person's liver was a one, my husband's was a seven.
'No one ever really knew what caused it. Doctors kept asking him if he drank, but he was never a heavy drinker.'
Mr Williams died on December 7. His body was flown back to England, where Dr David Butterworth conducted a postmortem examination and told the hearing he believed Mr Williams died of liver failure caused by biliary cirrhosis, exaggerated by a weakened state caused by a broken hip.
Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg recorded a verdict of death of natural causes brought on by an accidental fall.
Mr Williams began his career teaching at Rudheath Primary School, went to a primary school in Helsby before returning to Rudheath as headteacher.
He was then appointed head at Weaverham and retired in 1994.