Friday, August 05, 2005

"Lucky" WR Grace Worker Dies of Asbestos-Related Diseases

Curtis Williams, a former employee at W.R. Grace & Co.'s fireproofing and insulation plant in Hamilton, NJ dies last Friday of asbestos-related lung disease

Williams, 76, was a cheerful, well-liked man who rarely complained about his physical ailments, former co-workers said, but instead counted himself lucky that he did not develop asbestosis until his later years.

"I consider myself fortunate, because I'm 76. Most were much younger than I am," Williams said this past March, when talking about former friends at the Grace plant who developed lung disease in their 30s, 40s and 50s after years of exposure to the asbestos-tainted vermiculite that was mixed into the company's insulation and construction materials products.