Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Job My Grandad Loved Led to His Death

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Job My Grandad Loved Led to His Death

Article excerpt

I WAS just two when my grandad, Eurwyn Abbit, died from mesothelioma.

He first realised something was wrong while carrying me up the steps of the Maritime Museum in Lancaster.

A proud former Merchant Navy man, he was taking me to look at the artefacts in the museum.

As we walked up the 17 steps to the doorway, he realised he was unusually short of breath.

A visit to the doctor led to a chest examination, which revealed cancer.

Exhausted, short of breath and losing weight, he battled on for several months. In the final stages, the cancerous fibres which develop from asbestos essentially flood the lungs.

He died on January 16, 1988 - the day before his 64th birthday.

He had not reached retirement age. He and my gran had hoped to travel. He wanted to see me and my cousins grow up. …

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