Bures pensioner dies from asbestos-related disease

Coroner Dr Peter Dean ANL-140808-163004001
Coroner Dr Peter Dean ANL-140808-163004001

A woman from Bures died from an asbestos-related condition two decades after she

was last known to be exposed to the material, an inquest has heard.

Caroline MacMillan, 71, a retired secretary of Sudbury Road, had been diagnosed with

mesothelioma in December last year.

She died at her home on July 14 and a post mortem examination confirmed the

hospital diagnosis, the inquest at Bury St Edmunds was told on Thursday.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said reports showed two possible sources of exposure

to asbestos for Mrs MacMillan.

One was a boatyard on the River Blackwater in Essex where she worked as a secretary

between 1973 and 1996 and where the buildings had asbestos roofs.

Dr Dean said the second possibility was the boiler room of the yacht on which Mrs MacMillan and her husband Michael lived between 1970 and 1982 which was next to the cabin.

The coroner said: “It is believed that one or other or both could be the source of the


Dr Dean recorded a conclusion that Mrs MacMillan died from mesothelioma as a result

of previous contact with asbestos.