Asbestos related cancer caused death of former joiner

Last Updated on 8th March 2021 by Admin

Widow appeals for help from former workmates of her husband

A Keighley man’s widow is appealing to his former workmates to get in touch following the death of her husband from asbestos related cancer.

John Bryden died in November 2017 age 73 from mesothelioma cancer.

He first developed symptoms such as chest pains and shortness of breath more than a year before his death.

Now his widow, Susan, along with a legal team, are appealing to anyone who worked with him during the 1960’s and 70’s at 3 different companies to come forward and help build a case.

Irwin Mitchell Lawyers will be investigating just how he developed the illness and whether more could and should have been done to protect him from asbestos exposure.

Mr Bryden worked for Magnet Joinery from 1961 to 1967 and then again from 1971 to 1975.

He also worked for Whitaker & Co (Denholme) Ltd from 1967 to 1969 and also Sir Lindsey Parkinson & Co Ltd between 1968 and 1970.

Before he died, John recalled having to use asbestos rope during his work for Magnet Joinery where he worked at different sites.

Asbestos sheeting material was cut at a joinery factory where he worked for Whitaker & Co (Denholme) Ltd.

John Bryden who died of asbestos related cancer

John Bryden died of asbestos related cancer

As part of his role working for Sir Lindsey Parkinson & Co Ltd, he remembered constructing concrete shuttering using asbestos during the construction of Booth Wood Reservoir.

Irwin Mitchell lawyer, Oliver Collett, said of the case, “Through our work we’ve seen numerous examples of how exposure to asbestos can have devastating consequences on workers.”

“Sadly we were only able to very briefly speak to John prior to his death, so we’re keen to develop a clearer understanding of the working conditions he faced while at these companies.”

Mr Bryden’s widow, Susan, said, “It was very difficult to see how mesothelioma affected John in the final months of his life. All our friends and family still miss him so much every day.”

“While we know nothing will ever bring him back, we’re determined to continue with this legal battle to honour his memory and get the answers he always deserved regarding his illness.”

Do you have any information that can help Mr Bryden’s case?  Please contact Oliver Collett at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors on 0113 394 6784 or e-mail

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