Arthur J. Matson 

Matson_webArthur J. Matson, 78, of Brick, and formerly of Point Pleasant, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 10, at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood.

Mr. Matson owned and operated Matson Dental Labs in Kearny and North Arlington for many years before his retirement. Mr. Matson was a certified dental technician and master dental technologist. He was a former president and treasurer of the N.J. Dental Lab Association and a member of the National Association of Dental Laboratories.

Mr. Matson was born in East Orange, on Jan. 10, 1937, and grew up in North Arlington with parents Sven and Emily. He spent every summer with his grandparents in Beachwood. A graduate of North Arlington High School’s Class of 1955 where basketball was his passion, he earned the title of All- State and All-County in Basketball in 1954 and 1955. He served in the U.S. Army, where he perfected his future career in dental technology at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Art also lived in West Caldwell and Point Pleasant since 1985, before moving to Brick two years ago.

Art was an avid boating and fishing enthusiast, enjoying boats from a young age. Fishing in and offshore from Manasquan to Montauk L.I., he participated in many canyon trips and shark tournaments. His prized catch, a 583-pound Tiger shark caught off Montauk, is one we will always remember. He spent many hours running a boat, finding the fish, catching them and bringing them home. He was a life member of the N.J. Museum of Boating in Bay Head.

Surviving are his loving wife of 25 years, Anne Hughes Matson; son, Joseph Matson of Washington; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Pelusio – Biase and Perry Biase and grandchildren, Frank and Nicole of Pt. Pleasant Beach. He was predeceased by his former wife, and mother of his children, Frances C. Matson, in 2002.

Affectionately known as Artie or “Pop Pop” to all who loved him, he will be sorely missed by his family, extended family and friends.

A celebration of Arthur’s life will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. A prayer service and military honors will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be made in his name to the N.J. Museum of Boating , 1800 Bay Blvd., Point Pleasant, N.J. 08742. For more information or to send condolences to the family, please visit

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