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Matthew John Derham Obituary
Matthew John Derham

AGE: 84 • Wall

Matthew John Derham, 84, of Wall, departed this life on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 surrounded by his family and friends at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Mr. Derham was born in Newark, NJ. Mr. Derham was a naval veteran of World War II. He retired as President of the New Jersey Automobile Club where he served for 20 years in that capacity. He served on the National Board of Directors and its subsidiaries, AAA New Jersey Insurance Agency and AAA New Jersey Insurance Agency and AAA New Jersey Foundation for Safety and Education. He was the first AAA executive from New Jersey to serve on the National Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the Board of the AAA Foundation for Safety. In December 2009, Mr. Derham was honored by the NJ Police Traffic Officers Association when they established the "Matthew J. Derham Civilian Excellence in Traffic Safety Award." He was the first recipient of the award. The award will be presented to civilians who perform extraordinary traffic safety services. The Association stated Mr. Derham was instrumental in assisting in the formation of NJPTOA. He gave advice on how to organize and work with other agencies, the legislature, etc. He guided the Association in having laws changed and maneuvering new laws through legislature. He was an aggressive traffic safety advocate in his own right. His years of sacrifice, hard work, dedication and perseverance saved many lives in New Jersey. Governor Byrne appointed him as Chairman of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee and he served on the NJ Highway safety Committee. Mr. Derham also served as Chairman of the NJ Automobile Joint Underwriters Association. Mr. Derham was a founding member of the Florham Park Rotary Club where he was first President and Paul Harris fellow. He was a member of the New York Athletic Club and a member of the New York City American Legion Post # 754 and American Legion Post # 529, Wall, NJ.

Mr. Derham was predeceased by his wife, Rosaleen in January of 2012. He is survived by his son, Stephen Derham; daughter, Kerin Derham Beattie and three grandchildren, Melissa, Megan and Kathleen Beattie; several nieces, nephews and many friends. Mr. Derham is also predeceased by his parents, Catherine and Matthew Derham; a brother, James Derham; a sister, Marie Beck.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Sunday, July 1 from 1-4 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Monday, July 2 at St. Dominic Church, Brick. Interment will follow at 2pm at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Francis Breadline, 135 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001-3439. To send condolences to the family or obtain directions to the funeral home please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com

Published in Asbury Park Press on June 30, 2012
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