The family of a man who worked as a tailor for Benjamin Simon and Sons Limited in Leeds is appealing for information following his death from the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

Charles Edwin Harrison, known as Eddie, was diagnosed with mesothelioma after he went to his doctor following a bout of chest infections. Sadly, just three days after his diagnosis Eddie died, aged 88.

Eddie was employed at Benjamin Simon and Sons Limited for almost three decades from 1948 to 1974, where he worked with large Hoffman presses used to manufacture clothing.

His family instructed asbestos disease specialists Thompsons Solicitors and is now urging anyone who has information about the working conditions at Benjamin Simon and Sons Limited to come forward.

Eddie’s daughter, Christine, said: “My dad was always active; he enjoyed watching rugby with his friends and walking the dog. When he suddenly stopped eating we knew something was wrong and we were obviously distraught when we found out he was terminally ill. Mesothelioma is such an aggressive disease and dad died just three days after we found out what was wrong with him.

“He spent the majority of his career working for Benjamin Simon and Sons Limited, so we’re hopeful that one of his colleagues, or anyone who worked for the company during the same time period, will share whatever information they have with Thompsons.”

Helen Tomlin, the solicitor representing the Harrison family, said: “We would welcome contact from anyone with information about the presence or use of asbestos in Hoffman presses or elsewhere in areas where Eddie worked at Benjamin Simon and Sons Limited. This could help provide much needed closure for his family following their loss.”

Anyone with information about the conditions at Benjamin Simon and Sons Limited in Leeds during the time Eddie was employed should contact Helen Tomlin at Thompsons Solicitors’ Leeds office on 0113 2056385.