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Hard working Barking Remploy employee dies after cancer battle

PUBLISHED: 17:22 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 22:26 03 May 2013

Michael Pittman (right) at the Remploy factory in Barking with colleague Ray Russell.

Michael Pittman (right) at the Remploy factory in Barking with colleague Ray Russell.

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Tributes have been paid to a former Remploy worker who has died at the age of 61.

Michael Pittman, from Dagenham, passed away on April 20 after a short battle with liver cancer.

Michael, whose funeral was held yesterday at Corbets Tey Crematorium, worked at Barking’s Remploy factory for disabled people for 30 years.

The supervisor suffered a head injury as a child and Remploy, which was shut by the government last year, offered him an environment where he could work at his own pace and receive any support he needed.

Former shop steward, Julie Haynes, said: “Remploy was his world. He loved being there and was devastated when the factory closed down.

“He was a very hard worker and a likeable, happy guy. He never complained about anything.

“I remember he fell over once and came in limping. It turned out he had broken his ankle, but he was determined to work nonetheless.”

Michael was diagnosed after the factory shut, at which point the cancer had advanced so far there was nothing doctors could do.

“If only it had been picked up earlier, he may have had a chance,” Julie added. “He’ll be missed by us all.”


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