‘Tireless’ John will be missed

Former power station worker John Ullathorne suffered from asbestosis. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D3918MB
Former power station worker John Ullathorne suffered from asbestosis. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D3918MB

A POWER station worker who campaigned for compensation for victims of asbestos related diseases has died.

Tributes have now been paid to John Ullathorne, 72, of Mulberry Avenue, Moorends.

Mr Ullathorne was a farmer before becoming a labourer at Drax Power Station in 1974. He worked at Thorpe Marsh near Barnby Dun before retiring 20 years later.

Despite being diagnosed in 2004 with asbestosis, which left him house-bound and in need of an oxygen machine, Mr Ullathorne campaigned for others affected by the condition.

Solicitor Howard Bonnett, of York-based Corries, built up a relationship with him while dealing with asbestosis cases.

He said: “Despite his illness, John was a tireless campaigner for the rights for compensation for people with asbestos disease.

“John was a real character and a great support to me and others in raising the plight of asbestos victims. Even in the poorest of health he was worried about others.”

Mr Ullathorne died on Christmas Day. He had a wife Barbara, and son, stepchildren and grandchildren