Oct 8 2020

In memory of Peter Anastasi

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our friend and colleague Peter Anastasi. Peter was a member of the LSE security team for 16 years. He joined the LSE from Exxon Mobil, and became known to all as the ever-present and unfailingly helpful custodian of ‘the Towers’.

Peter had a varied career and brought great experience, and a wealth of human kindness to his work. Originally from Cyprus, Peter had worked in commerce and international shipping before taking up roles in security. He maintained a strong connection to his home country and was a dedicated Spurs fan, never  failing to remind colleagues of his team’s notable victories. Peter was an entertaining raconteur at social events, with a huge repertoire of stories and anecdotes, and a patient listener to the experiences of others.

Peter was known to all for his dedication, politeness and desire to help. Over the years of Peter’s service he developed strong relationships with many of those working in the Towers. He became the ‘go-to’ person on a range of issues that went well beyond security. Peter’s compassion and desire to help manifested in every part of his life. He was a firm friend and a staunch supporter of colleagues. He counselled and advised a cohort of fellow workers, providing professional advice, helping with personal issues and even dedicated his time to teaching colleagues English.  On the basis of Peter’s support  a generation of LSE security and reception staff were able to move on to greater things, both within the School and beyond.

Peter was a man of great warmth, unbounded humanity and profound gentility. He died while still in service to a School he loved, and leaves behind a loving wife, a daughter and two sons.

We will miss him deeply.

His family have requested that donations are made in lieu of flowers to The North London Hospice (Click to donate in memory of and enter his name).

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19 Responses to In memory of Peter Anastasi

  1. Hazel Johnstone says:

    Very sorry to hear. I had hoped he was getting better when he returned to work earlier on this year.

    Best wishes from all at Gender Studies.

  2. Renata says:

    A lovely, warm person. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. RIP

  3. Shaun Jordan says:

    Worked with Peter for many years, had great fun, will miss him walking 100 miles an hour around the Towers

  4. Sharon says:

    Peter was the most welcoming and helpful person, it was uplifting to see him as I walked into work every day. He made it possible for us to hold one of the most ambitious careers events on a Saturday on campus and he was so enthusiastic about helping out at the weekend.
    Sad he will not be there when I return to campus.
    Heartfelt condolences to his family.

  5. Yanli Ji says:

    Peter was one of the nicest people I met and worked with at LSE. I sat next to him for four years while working on Towers reception desk and I thoroughly enjoyed his company and support. When I moved to HR, I continued to store my bike in the Towers, so I would still get the chance to talk to him every day. I never had the chance to meet his family, but he talked about them often. My thoughts are with them at this sad time.

  6. Chris says:

    Sorry to hear of Peter’s passing, he was always so helpful. He’ll be greatly missed.

  7. Kai Spiekermann says:

    I will remember Peter as the lovely colleague who explained to me that I can park my bicycle under the Towers. He had an infectous smile and was always going the extra mile to help. I will miss him.

  8. Bernie Taffs says:

    Peter you are a fine man and leave an indelible mark on The Towers at the School. An impossible act to follow. Rest in Peace with thanks. Sympathy to you wife and family Bernie Taffs

  9. Bernie Taffs says:

    Peter was a highly respected and loved workplace colleague – he was also a fine human being and a very hard act to follow in The Towers – sympathy to his wife and family

    BernieTaffs
    Head of Security 1994 – 2007

  10. William Tappin says:

    It is always very sad when someone you know dies.Peter was a character who you could have a laugh and a joke with plus there was his workmanlike side of which the towers was his passion keeping is shipshape in an orderly manner he was so helpful and kind you will be greatly missed RIP Peter

  11. Will Tappin says:

    It is always very sad when someone you know dies.Peter was a character who you could have a laugh and a joke with plus there was his workmanlike side of which the towers was his passion keeping is shipshape in an orderly manner he was so helpful and kind you will be greatly missed RIP Peter

  12. Rachel Power says:

    So sad to learn about this. Peter was such a friendly and warm person. When I first joined LSE I was based in the Towers and quickly came to enjoy the conversations I would have with Peter, about a whole range of topics. He always had a kind word, or smile. Sending condolences and very best wishes to his family at this time.

  13. Rashul Mohideen says:

    You’ll be greatly missed. Your memories will always be in our heart’s. Rest in peace.

  14. Rebekah Allcock says:

    Peter was always so helpful and as already mentioned, went well beyond his remit to assist you, always accompanied by a smile and friendly chat. The LSE community hugely benefits from such members. I didn’t hear much from him about Spurs, perhaps he accurately read his audience! He’ll be missed.

  15. Toyin says:

    Rip Peter. We worked together on your arrival at the LSE. I was classed as 1 of your angels sharing the same changing room as you. I miss your tinkering about in your unique way. I was so happy when you returned after your illness and so shocked to hear of your passing a few months later. Love and miss you so much. Special condolences to your family.

  16. Lucy says:

    I’m so sad to hear about this. I worked at LSE for eight years, mostly in the Towers, and Peter was without doubt one of the nicest people I met at the university. He had a great skill for recognising the faces of those that worked in the Towers, and was always friendly, warm and helpful. In Careers we used to have an annual Bake Off and we asked Peter to be the guest judge many times – a role he fulfilled as professionally and jovially as he did security. He will be missed by so many, and my thoughts are with his family.

  17. Gareth Jones says:

    This is very sad news. Peter was a lovely person, always so considerate to staff, students and visitors befuddled by the entry gates to the towers, and so helpful in getting issues sorted out quickly and without fuss. I hope his family realise how much he was liked by everyone who knew him.

  18. Alan says:

    Peter was a lovely man, who as a colleague was nothing but friendly and helpful, always willing to go the extra mile to help. He is a huge loss to the School. It is so sad to hear about his passing, my condolences to his family and friends.

  19. Toyin Olomoofe says:

    I will miss you so much Peter, especially when I see your locker opposite mine. I was so happy when you came back after your long illness, and cried my eyes out when I heard of your passing. My sincere condolences to your family. Rip Peter

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