Popular Kent businessman loses battle to asbestos-related cancer
You don’t even need to be a part of a relevant industry to know that the removal of asbestos from the workplace is a vital task in some cases. The consequences of coming into contact with the fibres that are released when asbestos is disturbed can be devastating – as shown by the following, all-too-familiar news story.
A 62-year-old man from Kent has died after suffering from mesothelioma. Gerald Baron – widely hailed as the fittest man in Rochester – was diagnosed with the disease in 2014, a major shock given that he didn’t initially believe he had ever worked with the lethal
A determined fighter
Gerald ran his own firm for 30 years, and never worked with asbestos bar his time as an apprentice in the 1970s – hence why he was baffled when medical professionals frequently mentioned the disease when he was having tests, having first sought medical help after becoming breathless while running.
Mr Baron enjoyed running, swimming, cycling and rugby, had played for Medway Rugby Club for over two decades, and was involved with Larkfield Running Club for 10 years. He ran seven marathons, including London, New York and Paris, and made regular appearances in triathlons.
Even such a devastating diagnosis didn’t deter Gerald from enjoying his favourite pastimes – he still managed to cycle up to 30 miles a day, and enjoyed walking.
A “real gentleman” and “dry wit”
Mr Baron did his utmost to battle the disease, including funding private treatment from a compensation payout and participating in drugs trials. He was initially given six or seven years to live by doctors, but died two years later on 7th August.
Sister Cath Cox commented: “Even though it was a long illness, for us it was a sudden death. He didn’t get time to do some of the things he wanted.” Another sister, Marie Baron, added: “Gerald will be remembered for his dry wit, his sense of humour and the fact he was a real gentleman.”
The saddening regularity with which tragic asbestos-related stories like those of Gerald continue to make the news only convinces us to redouble our efforts here at Trident Asbestos Solutions to ensure the removal of asbestos from as many workplaces as possible. Contact our experts today about how our extensive range of asbestos services can benefit your business.