Statement on the Passing of Village Trustee John L. Habib

The Croton-on Hudson Board of Trustees and Village staff are heartbroken by the tragic passing of our friend and colleague, John L. Habib.

John was a citizen of the world but always called Croton home. After decades of accomplishment in the U.S. and overseas, he returned to Croton to help make his hometown the best Village it could be. All of Croton should be grateful to John for this.

John’s unique blend of energy, humor and optimism guided his efforts for Croton. He cherished his memories of the Village as a young boy but knew communities must grow and evolve to meet the challenges of today. He worked hard to create the Croton Business Council, which is making an important difference for the Village. Its work will be a lasting tribute to John’s vision and dedication.

Trustee Habib was never shy about questioning conventional wisdom or wondering how we could do better. The Board will remember his insistence that we strive for excellence as we continue the work he valued so much.

It was always a great adventure to walk the streets of Croton with John, as he pointed out memories of days gone by, described new ideas, or said hello to old and new friends. John loved Croton, and Croton clearly returned the affection.

In days to come we will honor John’s work on behalf of us all. The Board extends its deepest condolences to his wife Tanya Chuck Habib and the entire Habib family.


  1. John was a friend of the UAE, UAE embassy, and me personally .

    Please let us know how we can contribute to John’s memory .

    1. Dear Saud al nowas. I am a friend of John’s from his hometown of Croton on Hudson New York. John’s wife Tanya has asked that those looking to donate in John’s memory contribute to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, a cause dear to John’s heard. My condolences on the loss of your friend. -Ed

  2. My prayers are with Tanya and the family. John made fine contributions to further business and friendships between the U.S. and the U.A.E. He will be missed. John’s family can be very proud of his accomplishments.

  3. John taught me how someone can be a successful lawyer by building relationships. He was an inspiration to me. He was one of the very first people I met when I moved to Abu Dhabi.
    May he rest in peace.

  4. God bless his soul. He was a fighter for what he believed was right. And a friend who spoke from his big heart. A friend to very many. My last memory was walking through the US Capitol halls for our congressional doorknock shortly before the pandemic hit. He loved serving his community and others. Although we disagreed sometimes, I always appreciated his wisdom and generosity which made me a better person forever.

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