In March 2021, we received an email from our friend advising her husband has been taken to hospital requiring a large amount of fluid to be drained from his lungs. At one of our regular group dinner catch-ups not long beforehand he has seemed so healthy, how quickly that would change.

The fluid drained by his doctors, they investigated the cause and soon discovered it was not merely a case of pneumonia or something similar, but that he had mesothelioma and that tumours had been discovered.

He received the usual chemotherapy to treat rumours and hopefully shrink tumours found, and I guess prevent further ones developing. Despite some initial progress things didn’t continue and his health deteriorated. Within six months he was no longer able to come to our dinners, too taxing upon his energy levels and he was starting to have difficulty eating meals.

Sadly, just 14 months after his diagnosis, he passed away. Asbestos has claimed another wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Rest In Peace, Tony, you will be much missed by all who knew you.

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