THE family of a former aircraft window engineer are appealing to his ex-workmates for help following his death from asbestos-related cancer.

John Pullenger died from mesothelioma, a terminal form of cancer linked to exposure to asbestos, often decades earlier.

Following the 83-year-old’s death, his family instructed asbestos-related disease experts at Irwin Mitchell to investigate.

John’s family and their legal team are now marking Global Asbestos Awareness Week by appealing for information about how he was exposed to the asbestos that claimed his life.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who worked for Handley Page aircraft manufacturers in Hertfordshire, where John was employed between 1953 and 1970. 

Information is also being sought on K W Hawkes Electrical, based in Perivale, which employed John between 1971 and 1978. 

During his time with both companies, John recalled working with acrylic sheeting which he moulded into window frames using heatproof asbestos gloves which were “dusty to touch.”

John was married to Pamela, 85. The couple had three daughters – Lisa, 52, Deborah, 51, and Nicola, 47 – as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Anyone with information should contact Rajni Kandola on 01212 146584 or by e-mail at