A family are appealing for help in tracing how their father was exposed to asbestos.
Ronald Bell, a former sergeant major, died from mesothelioma after a short battle with the disease.
Now the children of the 84-year-old from Wallsend are appealing for help from his colleagues before his Army days to come forward with any information they may have about his exposure to asbestos dust.
His son Stuart, 55, and daughter Pia, 49, are working with lawyers at Irwin Mitchell.
Ronald believed that he may have come into contact with asbestos dust and fibres before he joined the Army. He was employed by CA Parsons, between 1946 and 1949.
He recalled that a number of other tradesmen worked in the open-plan factory, which was based on Davy Bank, and that asbestos was commonly used in the time he worked there.
Emma Crowther, representing Stuart and Pia, said: “Exposure to asbestos can be extremely dangerous and we regularly see cases like this.
“We have been instructed to investigate how Ronald came into contact with asbestos and we are now appealing to anyone who may have worked alongside him at CA Parsons to come forward with any information.”
“Stuart and Pia are understandably heartbroken following the death of their father and they desperately want answers as to how Ronald was exposed to asbestos and if more could and should have been done to protect him.”
Ronald was diagnosed with mesothelioma just two months before he passed away.
Stuart and Pia said: “Our dad was always very independent, fit and healthy so it came as a complete shock when he was given his diagnosis.
“The illness had a huge impact on him and he relied heavily on the family for help in his final months.
“It was absolutely terrible to see him suffering so much and watch him deteriorate so we are determined to get answers and justice in his name.
“Hopefully, those who remember him from his apprenticeship at CA Parsons will come forward and help our legal team’s investigations into the conditions dad was exposed to at the company in the late 1940s.”
Anyone with information on the presence of asbestos at CA Parsons should contact Emma Crowther on 0191 279 0094 or email Emma.Crowther@IrwinMitchell.com.