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According to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Mel Sutton died from the asbestos-related disease at the age of 74 around 12 months after being diagnosed with the condition and his nearest and dearest could now opt to pursue damages on his behalf.
Mr Sutton may have come into contact with the deadly substance during his lengthy career as a music teacher at various primary and secondary schools across Hertfordshire, including Broad Oaks Primary in Hatfield and the Hertfordshire Music Centre.
The father of two was passionate about music and also established and conducted the Garden City Chamber Orchestra.
During the memorial service held in his honour in Welwyn Garden City, his son Mark labelled his father a "modest, intellectual gentleman".
"In the end he faced his death with the same quiet and intelligent dignity he showed throughout his life," he added.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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