Deadly asbestos dust led to Leeds man’s cancer death

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FORMER workmates of a Leeds carpenter who died of cancer more than 40 years after being exposed to asbestos are being urged to contact a law firm.

Grandfather-of-17 Terry Ellis of Seaccoft died aged 72 last June after a three-month battle with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs.

Lawyers from Irwin Mitchell say Mr Ellis identified two companies where he was exposed to asbestos in the 1960s.

Mr Ellis worked as a carpenter for building company George Wimpey from 1961 to 1966 and for roofing contractor John Atkinson and Sons Ltd from 1966 to 1970. John Atkinson and Sons Ltd ceased trading in the mid 1970s.

His former colleagues are being urged to come forward with information about the work he carried out.

Mark Aldridge, a solicitor who specialises in industrial disease cases at Irwin Mitchell and represents Terry’s widow, said: “Mesothelioma is an aggressive, incurable and terminal cancer. It causes victims and their families so much distress and is so often caused by exposure during the working life of the victim. Unfortunately, Terry was no longer in contact with his former colleagues who he worked with in the 1960s, so we need people who worked with him to come forward and tell us about his exposure to asbestos and what measures, if any, were taken to protect him and other employees from the dangers of asbestos.”

Mr Ellis’s widow Maureen, 60, said: “It was absolutely heart-breaking to watch Terry deteriorate so quickly after his mesothelioma diagnosis. When we married in 2004 we had hoped to have a long and happy life together. We never thought that there was a spectre such as this in his past employment.” Contact Mark Aldridge at Irwin Mitchell on 0113 394 6757 or email