Deceased Information


    Morris Habif

  • AGE



    Thursday, March 03, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, March 07, 2022


    10:00 AM




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    Morris Nace Habif, husband of Susie Habif for 60 years, of blessed memory, and father of five children, 15 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, passed after a life filled with intense passion for family, business, and his community. An Atlanta native, Morris grew up during the Great Depression while his father struggled to earn a living as a hat maker. He attended Commercial High School where he was never without a part time job. Because his father died when he was 16, Morris took a job as a bookkeeper as soon as he graduated high school. Morris entered the army during the waning days of WWII. His business acumen was quickly noticed by his superiors who selected Morris to serve as assistant to the administrator at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. After returning to Atlanta, Morris worked at General Motors where he was distinguished as the only one in the accounting department without a college degree. Soon after, he met his adored wife, Susie, while she was traveling from her home in Havana, Cuba.
    Between 1950 and 1958, Morris was a serial entrepreneur opening a number of small businesses, including a sewing machine business, barbecue restaurant, and a chain of transmission repair shops. In his spare time, he attended law school at night and became a member of the Georgia bar. In 1959, Morris founded APD Transmission Parts, which distributed parts to repair centers throughout the US. He enjoyed 47 years of success from this business until selling it in 2006 as part of a nation-wide roll up of suppliers.
    Of all his businesses, Morris’ greatest passion was for commercial real estate. Beginning in the 1960s, Morris helped initiate a renaissance in south downtown Atlanta when he purchased and rehabilitated many vacant buildings that comprised Atlanta’s former garment district. State and municipal buildings now occupy much of the land that Morris assembled in this area. Morris went on to purchase office buildings, retail centers and warehouses throughout metro Atlanta. He continued to pursue his passion for real estate working at Habif Properties through age 95 where could be found at the office 6 days a week. When he wasn’t working, Morris enjoyed boating and traveling with family. Morris is preceded in death by his loving wife, Susie, and his brothers, Isaac and Israel. He is survived by his five children and their spouses, Larry Habif, Michael & Gail Habif, Valerie Habif & Neil Wasser, Marlene & Mark Haber, and Nancy Habif & Scott Kleber; as well as 15 grandchildren and their spouses, Taylor Habif, Craig & Julie Habif, Lauren & Ben Barden, Frank & Hartley Wasser, Brent & Raleigh Wasser, Keith Wasser, Aaron Wasser & Marisa Ahlzadeh, Andrew Haber, Jamie Haber, Katie Haber, Shaun Kleber, Troy & Sara Jane Kleber, Brandon Kleber, Chase Kleber, and Selena Kleber; and eight great-grandchildren.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susie Habif Chesed Fund at AA Synagogue, established by Morris to honor his wife’s passion in caring for the needs of others. Graveside services were held at Arlington Memorial Park. 

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Karen Wells

    Dear Nancy, Scott and all your families, I am so very very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved father. I’m sending lots of healing and love your way. May his memory be a blessing. Much Love, Karen

  • Judy Hurtig Miller

    Dear Marlene and Family: I know it has been so many years since we’ve been in contact but I wanted to say how sorry I am about your Dad. What an amazing man! May happy memories comfort you at this time and in the future.

  • Dorothy Lischkoff

    My sincere condolences to the Habif family. I knew Morris through his friendship with my late husband Herman. He was always a true gentleman and a very kind person. He will be missed.


    You, his children and spouses are a wonderful legacy that he left for us and our communities. We send condolences on the loss of this outstanding man. Elaine and Jerry

  • Patsy Anderson

    I was blessed to have worked for Morris for 37 years. What a true Southern Gentleman and a wonderful Mentor! You children are the legacy of Morris and Susie and they were proud of each of you. Blessings to each of you.

  • Cathy and Rick Swerdlin

    To the Entire Habif Family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of a special man. What a legacy he created. May your memories give you comfort during this difficult time

  • George A Bird

    Morris was such an inspiration to so many. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the Habif family. Kindest regards, George Bird

  • Nancy Resman

    To all of the Habif sincere condolences. I have fond memories of your father. He was such a kind man. He leaves behind a beautiful legacy and wonderful family.

  • Suzy and Rick Goldman

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a wonderful man and was a privilege knowing him. May his memory be for a blessing always.

  • Wendy Kohn

    Sending sincere condolences to his family. My his memory bring you great joy in your heart and the place you see him. Much love Wendy & Paul Kohn

  • Willie Smith professional body shop campbellton rd

    Our deepest sympathy to the habif family from all campbellton Rd tenants

  • Anta Romm

    Your are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your father was a good man and a better friend. I will miss his smile.

  • simone and steve nehmen

    we are saddened to hear of Morris passing. he was so special is so many ways and will be missed by everyone who knew him. truly one of a kind indeed. sending our sincere condolences to all his families. love, simone & steve

  • Judith (Judy) Finkel

    May sweet memories of a wonderful gentleman warm your hearts and bring comfort to all who mourn the loss of Morris. Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire Habif family.

  • Mark & Chris Rivkin

    Nancy & Scott, so sorry to hear of your father's passing - what an incredible man and life! I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please know that your old friends are thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time.

  • Janis Zagoria

    So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Elliott Penso

    So sorry to hear of Morris's passing! I enjoyed doing real estate deals and the many phone conversations with him over the years ! His knowledge was very valuable to me and was a real mentor! May his memory always be a blessing.

  • Tony Hernandez

    Michael and Gail & Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Morris passing. I will always be grateful To Morris. Without him I would not have had the opportunity to rent The Mattress Factory in 1990 were I had my studio for over 21 years. That studio had a significant impact on my career and life as i'm sure It had for the dozens of artist who rented from me after adding more studios in the building. Morris was my landlord, my friend, and a collector. Morris touched my life greatly and I am forever grateful.

  • Helen Oxman Kraus & Steve

    It is with such sadness that I send my condolences on the loss of Morris. He was such a fine person and a great friend to my mom and dad, Sonia and Jerry and the rest of our family. I spent many days at your house on Wesley Parkway visiting with all of the Habif's. May his memory be a blessing for all of you.

  • Bonnie Zimmerman

    My condolences to the Habif family. In the short time that I knew Mr. Habif it was apparent that family was everything to him and he was everything to them. I’m sure he will be missed, but take comfort in knowing you loved and cared for him nonstop to the very end. May God comfort and strengthen your family.

  • Barry Hyman

    Morris was a great businessman and will be missed by all.

  • Candy Haskins

    What a beautiful life and family your father proudly provided. May his memory always be a blessing!

  • Lori and Todd Edlin

    Morris was an inspiration to us, seeing him live life fully with family and friends for such a long time. Celebrate his accomplished life and his legacy.

  • Marcelle & Allan Oxman

    We are so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of your family from 60 years ago. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Alan & Connie Saul

    Larry & Family; Connie & I were deeply saddened to hear about your fathers passing. We know how difficult this must be for yall. He was such a "Mensch". May you find Peace in your memories. Our Sympathies & Condolences are with you & your Entire Family. Our Prayers are with you.

  • Jackie Miklas

    Michael and Gail-thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Jennifer Gable (fka Jennifer Wilson)

    I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Morris was a wonderful person and he will always be one of my favorite people to work for. The family is in my thoughts.

  • Leah Franco

    To the Habif Famly - we mourn the loss of one of the finest members of our community. Leah Amato Franco

  • Carl Golden

    I’m so sorry to hear of Morris passing. He was a good man. The Habif family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Carl Golden

    I’m so sorry to hear of Morris passing. He was a good man. The Habif family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Karen and Charles Kaplan

    Chuck and I are so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Howard Perling

    My deepest sympathy to the Habif family. Morris was one the true gentlemen of Atlanta. He will be missed.

  • Martha Jo and Jerry Katz

    With deepest sympathy to the Habif family. Morris was a Patriarch in the finest manner. He leaves behind great memories and a wonderful legacy. May he rest in peace.

  • JoAnn Gresham McDonald

    Mr. Habif gave me the opportunity to work for him as Receptionist at APD for 7 years and I will be forever grateful. Condolences and Prayers To The Habif Family.

  • Shirley and Gary Bernes

    To all of the Habif family, We send our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of your beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. He truly was an amazing person, and his legacy will live on. Both he and your mom created an amazing, loving family. Love, Shirley and Gary Bernes

  • Neil Gordon (and Susan Gordon)

    Growing up with Michael (and being born minutes apart), I spent a great deal of time at the Habif home on a Wesley Parkway. Morris then and always was a terrific, loving and proud father and husband. This extended to grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was admired by all of Michael’s friends. Susan and I extend our heartfelt condolences to all of the Habif family who are among the finest people we have ever known. Morris will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Merrill & Sheila Wynne

    To the family of Morris Habif. We were so Sad to hear of the passing of Morris. We knew Morris for over 50 years . He had a beautiful life and loving family. Will be missed by all that knew Morris. Thinking of you all during this most difficult time. May his memory be a blessing to all. Sheila & Merrill

  • Eileen and Milton Silberstein

    We are so sorry for your loss. May his name be for a blessing.

  • Miriam Strickman Levitas

    Morris was blessed with both Lenghth of Life and Depth of Life. “May His Memory Be For A Blessing”

  • Larry and Stella Gordon and Betty Ann Shusterman

    What a terrific person he was! Lived a wonderful, ever optimistic life. He reached for the gusto in his life! We send our condolences to the entire Habif family.

  • Mark and Robin Spiegel

    Lives an awesome life and left a fantastic legacy Our thoughts are with all the family Mark and Robin

  • Keith Cristal

    To All of Morris Habif's Family, Michael and Craig: I am truly sad to hear of Morris' passing. Morris was an incredible business mentor of mine and bigger than life in his incredible entrepreneurial knowledge of Real Estate. I totally respected his incredible work ethic of working everyday, and in his honorable way he conducted business. He was truly one of the sharpest and smartest men that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will always miss his regular calls from him debating different subjects in Real Estate and business. I send sincere and deep condolences to the Habif Family on behalf of such a smart, beloved, witty and special person, whom I had a terific friendship with. Morris will be missed by so many of his tenants, friends and family and may the memories you all remember be a blessing. Rest In Peace Morris!

  • Lynn Handmacher Chanin

    Dearest Family, my heart is shattered for all of you. Your cousin Vicki, ‘uncle’ Ike’s daughter has been one of my dearest friends since birth. A couple of months ago I was honored to have a long, lovely conversation with your beloved dad while we were both at Arlington cemetery. He told me about your beloved Mom, and I shared about my precious baby boy Benjamin. Sending you all healing and prayers. Xoxoxo LYNN

  • Martin Isenberg

    Morris was one of my favorites. He was a real mensh! Always positive and interested in other people. I will miss him.

  • Mary & Steve O\'Dell

    Condolences to the family.

  • Marty Oxman, Charlotte, NC

    Another good man taken too soon.

  • Donna and Mark Fleishman

    Morris was one of the first people I was introduced to when I moved to Atlanta, from Miami Beach where my family had a strong relationship with the Habifs there. He truly was a scholar, a gentleman and a mensch. May his memory remain a blessing to all who knew and loved him.

  • Marcie and Barry Koffler

    Valerie , Nancy and the entire family, we are so sorry for your loss. May your dad’s memory always be for a blessing.

  • Sandy Cohn

    One of my best friends and client. He was a great honorable gentleman. My heart breaks for the whole family.

  • Cindy Paradies and Larry Moscow

    Your father was such a gem- I will always remember the love and support he and Susie gave to me and our family as Mom and Dad passed. They leave such a legacy in you all, your kids and grandkids. Love to you and may Morris’ memory be a blessing. Much love.

  • Carol Kramer Young

    Nancy and all Habif family, I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your dad. What a full life he had and what a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  • Sherry Habif

    To All of Morris' family, I am truly saddened at Morris' passing and sending sincere and deep condolences on such a beloved, precious, and special man, whom I had a family friendship with. He and my husband Ike were very close all their lives together, and I am so glad I got to know Morris. Morris worked 1 year under my dad at Singer Sewing Center, after WWII, until he became very successful in all of his endeavors to come. My dad, Martin Hershberg, rented Auto Parts Store Space from Morris from 1962-87 on Decatur St. Morris will be missed by so many, and may the memories you all shared with him be for a blessing.

  • Sharon Sonenshine

    I am so very sad to hear of the passing of "Uncle" Morris. What a sweet, kind man. He was like a brother to my mom and they loved and cared for each other so much. He always made it a point to call and see her. He has left his place on this earth in the beautiful children he and Aunt Susie raised. I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful man. Thinking of all of u at this time. Love, Sharon

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