Austin George Habib

Nov 28, 1931 - Jan 19, 2022

Austin George Habib, 90, passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. The fourth of the six children of Shikry and Wadia Habib, he was born on Nov. 28, 1931, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Austin remained in Trinidad until he left to attend the University of Birmingham in England, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering with honors in 1955. Austin continued his studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning a MS in Chemical Engineering in 1957, as well as being appointed a staff professor at the MIT Practice School of Chemical Engineering in Bangor, ME from 1956-57.

Upon completing his education, he lived in Elizabeth, NJ before settling in Westfield, NJ in 1964 where he lived with his wife (Juliette) and three sons (Alan, Brian, Paul) for over 50 years. Known to his family as Gido, Arabic for grandfather, Austin was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His irreplaceable gentle and kind spirit will be missed by all who know him.

Professionally, Austin worked and excelled in the field of chemical engineering. With a career spanning 46 years, Austin contributed directly to the filing of 20 plus patents for compounds commonly found today in paints, lotions and packaging products. He worked for 29 years at Exxon Mobil Corporation and 17 at GAF Materials Corporation. His career took him and his family to England, Belgium and Spain.

Austin had many interests outside of work, including playing tennis and bridge with a men's group and taking long walks in the parks near his home in Westfield. For over 40 years, Austin could regularly be found with his closest friends on the courts of the Westfield Tennis Club where he continued playing tennis into his 80s. He was a voracious reader, especially when it came to business, history, the study of historical figures and poetry. He loved to travel, and with his devoted wife by his side, he enjoyed gourmet cuisine in dozens of countries around the globe. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family; his brothers, sisters, his wife Juliette, his three sons, and his grandchildren.

He was resolute in his message to his family: "Don't fight, love one another and always stay together."

Austin is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Kyle (2005). He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Juliette Habib of Cranford, their three sons, Alan of Westfield, Brian (Johanna) of Madison and Paul of Scotch Plains, his cherished grandchildren, Thomas, Austin, Tyler, Alexa, Jamie and Juliana and his siblings Gloria, Marie and Edward, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Private interment services have been entrusted to Dooley Colonial Home in Westfield.

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