Sheffield family seeks ex-colleagues

John Gormley died of an asbestos-related cancer
John Gormley died of an asbestos-related cancer
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The daughter of a painter and decorator who died of a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos at work is appealing for former colleagues to help with an investigation into his death.

John Gormley, known to colleagues as ‘Irish Sean’, died from mesothelioma – an asbestos-related cancer affecting the lining of his lungs – in October 2013, aged 87.

His family has instructed lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his exposure to the deadly dust when he worked for Sheffield Public Works Department.

His daughter Katrina Slater is urging anyone who worked with her father to come forward.

John, was born in Northern Ireland and moved to Walkley, Sheffield, with his family around 1964 and began working for the Sheffield Public Works department from about 1965.

He spent 30 years as a painter and decorator.

Katrina, 50, of Sheffield, said: “My father was well known and well liked and was quite a character, who enjoyed going out to local pubs with his friends.

“He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2013, and died six months later.

“I just want to raise awareness about the hazards of asbestos for the benefit of others who, like my father, may come into contact with asbestos unknowingly.”

Simone Hardy, from Irwin Mitchell, said: “Mesothelioma takes decades from the asbestos exposure for any disease to develop, which can make it difficult to trace former colleagues.”

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