The family of a Townhill man who died from an asbestos related cancer after working in Swansea Docks and then as a steelworks’ contractor is calling for help from his former colleagues.

Elwyn George Gallagher, known as Georgie by his friends, died in September 2009, aged 75. A post mortem found he was suffering from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Georgie lived in Townhill, Swansea all his life. He worked dismantling ships at Swansea Dry Docks between 1964 and 1966 and relining furnaces at Port Talbot and Ebbw Vale Steel works from 1968 until the early 1980s.

Following his death, his daughter, Jeanette Gallagher, instructed asbestos claims experts Thompsons Solicitors for advice.

Did you work with Georgie Gallagher at the steelworks or the dry docks?

The family are asking any of Georgie’s former colleagues who may remember working with him to get in touch with Thompsons to help build a better picture of his employment at the steelworks and the dry docks.

Miss Gallagher said: “When my dad died he hadn’t yet been diagnosed with mesothelioma. We had no idea he had been suffering from a disease caused by asbestos.

“I remember him catching a bus from Swansea to Port Talbot to go to work but we don’t know any of his former work mates. We would urge anyone who remembers working with my dad to get in touch.”

Amanda Jones from Thompsons Solicitors said: “We have acted on behalf of a number of men who have gone on to suffer from an asbestos related disease after working at Port Talbot Steelworks. We would be very interested to speak to anyone who remembers working with Mr Gallagher. I would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help.”

Anyone who remembers working with George Gallagher can contact Amanda Jones on 08000 224 224 or by email on: