Raymond Peter Habib
July 8, 1926 – January 17, 2019
Raymond Peter Habib, a resident of Cortlandt Manor, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2019 at the age of 92. Ray was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 8, 1926 to Alia and Nassib Habib. A patriot his entire life, Ray volunteered for military service in World War II and served in the US Army Air Corps. Ray graduated from Fordham University in 1950 with a degree in business. Ray founded Bloomsburg Carpets Industries. A Pennsylvania manufacturer that thrives today with over 220 employees. Ray was an avid golfer, notching 2 holes-in-one and especially enjoyed playing with his “golf partner for life”, Elaine Habib, his cherished wife of 59 years. Raymond is survived by his wife Elaine, his sister Claire Habib as well as his children Raymond Jr. (Valerie), Thomas (Alice), John (Tanya) and Catherine (Michael Joyce), 10 grandchildren, and his great granddaughter. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 3-5pm at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 170 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose, NY. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11am at Church of the Holy Spirit in Cortlandt, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, January 21, 2019
Raymond Peter Habib
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January 24, 2019
I met Ray in 1979 when he hired me to be the controller at Bloomsburg Carpet. I felt it was an exciting opportunity with a new and growing company.
I liked Ray and really looked up to him. He was a hard worker and was very smart. I learned so much from him and he really took me under his wing.
I remember one incident early on where I was arguing with our factor about collection fees. They went to Ray complaining about me and I thought I was in trouble. However, Ray stood up for me because I was fighting for the company. That really meant a lot to me.
Years later we were golfing at the Carpet trade outing and I was playing against Ray in a two dollar Nassau match. Luckily, my team won but I didn’t collect my two dollars from Ray. So later that day I reminded Ray about his gambling debt. He said oh yes and with that he handed me two crisp $100 bills. Needless to say I was thrilled but beyond that what a nice thing he did for me.
Ray was a great leader to work for. He was tough at times but fair. As I said he taught me so much and I really looked up to him.
I have been fortunate to have worked for Ray and Tom for forty years. I will miss Ray. My condolences to Elaine and the family. She is a great lady who has done so much for Ray and her family.
January 19, 2019
Dear Habib Family,
I was introduced to RPH, as he liked to be referred to, in the mid 1970's by Ed Strianese. They were good friends and eventually I became friends with both of them.
Over the years we developed a successful business partnership through Schumacher, Patterson, Flynn and Martin and finally Kravet.
The three of us shared many lunches at the Giraffe restaurant in Manhattan.
RPH was a true professional who knew the manufacturing woven carpet business better than anyone, and would always welcome visitors to his facility to teach us about carpet design and weaving.
One of my fondest memories is when he arranged a trip to Bermuda in 1984 with a number of couples from the industry for his 25th Wedding Anniversary.
My wife and I and the group enjoyed his hospitality and friendship.
He has a wonderful wife and family and will be truly missed.
With sympathy and condolences,
Nick and Louise Lomangino
January 19, 2019
I recall one of the first times I met Mr. Habib was a dinner with him and his family at their home in Croton. Though he was not physically a large man, he seemed to take up the entire space. Somehow he made me nervous. I was seated against the window feeling a bit trapped thinking I hope this is over soon.
I am not sure of the menu that evening but I will never forget the wonderful peas that Mrs. Habib served. Just as we began the meal, Mr. Habib asked me a question while I attempted a fork full of peas. As I tried to get the fork into my mouth, the peas went everywhere! I was so embarrassed!
I looked up hoping he didn’t see what had just happened to find his face staring back with a big smile, then came a chuckle and finally a slight shake of his head.
I had no idea that I would encounter that head shake many more times over the years to come.
As I came to know him better, my fears turned to love and respect. I was honored to have spent many years at the side of a man who was always the smartest guy in the room. He lead by example, was hard working, fair, honest, caring and more!
Though it is hard to see him go, Mr. Habib left behind a wonderful family that shares many of the same traights that made him so successful.
Rest In Peace! I will miss you!