Edgar J. Matteson Jr.
1943 - 2013 BENNINGTON Edgar J. Matteson Jr., 69, a native of North Bennington, died peacefully, after a battle with cancer, on Friday, May 10, 2013, at his home in Shelburne, surrounded by his loving family.
During his high school years, "Eddie" was a sports prodigy, excelling in basketball and baseball, and was awarded a scholarship to Dartmouth College. In 1966, after an injury that halted his sports career, he transferred to the University of Vermont where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.
Edgar moved to New York City and began a career in the media industry working for Nielson Ratings and NBC as an Advertising Executive. After nearly a decade there, he returned to Vermont and continued with advertising and sales, a career that took him west to Laguna Beach, Calif., for a period of two years. He moved back to Vermont and worked with local area newspapers until retiring in 2007.
Edgar possessed an unparalleled wit, was adept as a chef, passionate about food and drink, and his charm flowed effortlessly. A self pro-claimed, "Flaming Liberal Democrat," and avid Yankees fan, he was never shy about his opinions and always generous with others' points of view. A confident and benevolent man, he gave strength, humanity and courage to our family.
Edgar was a Mason, a Shriner, as well as a proud member of both The Lions and Rotary Club
Edgar Matteson is survived by his wife, Leah M. Matteson; sister, Marian F. Matteson; brother, Gary Matteson, and his wife, Jane Davis; son, Jonathan Cristaldi, and his wife, Amanda Wells, sons, Steven and Patrick Cristaldi; son, Cristopher Matteson and his wife, Ellen, three grandchildren, three nieces, two nephews and his beloved pets, Smoky and Sadie.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside committal services will be held Saturday, June 1, at 12 noon at Grand View Cemetery in North Bennington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington Lions Club.