Methuen — Edward A Habeeb,75, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2014, after a lengthy period of declining health, with his loving brother at his side, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Mass.
Ed was born on August 10, 1938, in Cambridge, Mass., to Rosaline (Beshara) and Peter Habeeb. He grew up in Methuen, Mass., attended St. Theresa School, Central Catholic High School, and graduated from Tenney High School in Methuen, Class of 1958.
After graduation, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and proudly served aboard the USS Independence, along with his brother, Bob. Eddie and Bob were the first brothers to serve side by side since the famous Sullivan brothers. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Ed completed cosmetology school at A.M. Fazio in Lawrence, Mass., and established Casa de Oro Beauty Salon with his brother, Bob, and the two worked side by side for over 45 years. Ed was a very active member in the Massachusetts Hair Fashion Committee, served on the advisory board for the Greater Lawrence Vocational School cosmetology program, and was a member of A.L.A.A.
He was a member of St Joseph Melkite Catholic Church in Lawrence, where he served as an altar boy, and was ever-present in the kitchen at church functions. Ed enjoyed playing cards and belonged to many playing clubs, and also loved attending the horse races at Rockingham Park. He will be remembered by many staff members at the Holy Family and Brigham and Women’s hospitals as the guy who always came back to visit with delicious Lebanese sweets in hand for them.
Ed was affectionately known as “Uncle” to many, many young people due to his loving nature towards them, and if friends represent wealth, he was the richest man in the world. He and his brother, Bob, shared a brotherly love for one another that most siblings could only dream of. They were totally dedicated to each other, and it was obvious to all who knew them.