WASSER--Matthew B., was an exceptional and wonderful young man and resident of Bernardsville, NJ, who died tragically at 22 years of age early Sunday morning, October 21, 2007, as a passenger in a car hit by a suspected drunken driver. He was a truly talented, involved and accomplished young man. He loved his family most, but was a serious musician who composed and performed on classical and electric guitar, as well as many other instruments. He graduated from Bernards High, where he was a Madrigal, and often accompanied that group as well as others. He also sang with various other groups and bands, including his own group, Incaged. Following a serious injury that kept him from pursuing a career in professional music, his interests and passions moved in the direction of professional sports. At The College of New Jersey, where he was an honors student, he joined the Communications Department and became involved with sports media and writing. He spent this fall and last summer working for the New York Yankees in their public relations and media group, where he was recognized as a tremendously knowledgeable and devoted Yankee media associate, often working 16 hours a day during the playoffs. He was invited by Major League Baseball to continue as an assistant in the playoffs. He was to graduate from The College of New Jersey this fall and regularly appeared on the Dean's List. He is survived by his mother Marilyn Gottlieb Wasser and his father Eric Wasser, both attorneys, his beloved brother and sister, Jason Ryan Wasser and Stephanie Renee Wasser, as well as his loved dog Sodapop. He also was exceptionally devoted to his grandparents Edward and Cecelia Wasser and his recently deceased grandparents, Harold and Margaret "Sis" Gottlieb of Ohio. He is also survived by a dozen exceptionally devoted cousins, aunts and uncles, plus innumerable friends and colleagues. Services will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2007, at Temple Sholom, North Bridge Street, Bridgewater, NJ, at 10:30am. Evening visitation and services will be held at his mother's home in Bernardsville, New Jersey for the balance of the week. Donations may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Cancer Society or the Joe Torre Fund for Children.
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Published in The New York Times on Oct. 24, 2007