Tributes were today being paid to one of the industry’s great characters, Peter Hansen, who sadly passed away at the weekend, aged 57.
Peter had spent his life in the catering equipment industry, taking over the running of the family business that his father launched in 1946. The distributor was famous for its showroom on the busy Fulham Road and delivered projects from mall fit-outs to £1m-plus turnkey schemes.
Peter had been an active member of CEDA over the years and the distributor trade body today expressed its sadness at the news.
CEDA director, Peter Kay, said: “It is very sad to hear of the passing of Peter Hansen at such a young age. He was a larger than life character who lived life to the full and will be missed by everyone who came into contact with him.”
Hansens joined CEDA in 1972 shortly after it was founded when Peter’s parents Mona and Tom, who were great supporters of the association, ran the company.
“Peter was also a great supporter of CEDA and always claimed that he had been to more CEDA conferences than anyone else and this was undoubtedly true as he attended every one until his company was forced into administration in 2013,” said Kay.
“He attended the first one as a teenager with his parents and by the time I attended my first conference in 1984 he was an old hand and was always one of the first to get to the bar and the last to leave.
“Whilst he had been very seriously ill in 2013, he appeared to have bounced back and I last met him in late November when he was in fine form and talking about coming to the 2015 conference as the guest of a member. Along with many other people, my deepest condolences go to Janey, Scott and Sebastian.”
Nick Howe, managing director of Court Catering Equipment, also paid his tributes, calling him “a business colleague and very good friend for over 30 years”.
Howe said: “Peter was always great company and very rarely would there be a dull moment, he followed his dreams and lived life to the full. He had friends across every continent and everyone will have their own memories and anecdotes of him.
“From his father and then Peter they made the name Hansen synonymous with quality, honesty and integrity and that I am sure will last for a very long time. Always optimistic, kind and generous, there will be a gap in our lives at the loss of a very good friend.”