August 7, 2023


Matthew Ross Brown, native of Shavertown, passed away at 37 years old at his family home early Monday.

Dog dad to his malshi, Samson, he was a passionate, stylish, insightful, and straight forward person who loved his family and friends truly with all he had. The beloved son of Dr. Fredric and Lisa Brown, Matthew spent the last decade making a life for himself in the Minneapolis area where he had a career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota- a job he loved as Matt always wanted to help others. He was proud to represent his company in many community outreach events spearheading an art gallery featuring local Minnesotan artists. Matthew attended United Hebrew Institute, Wyoming Seminary Upper School, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in the first class of Entrepreneurship from Wilkes University. He was active in each school maintaining decades of friendship regardless of where life would take him. 

Matthew, in addition to his parents, is survived by his sister Sara and her husband Mark, his brother Steven, grandparents Leon and Phyllis Greenwald and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Samuel and Mildred Brown and great-grandmother Hannah Berk (Gigi).

Although Matthew struggled with addiction, Matt was a testament of strength providing a strong shoulder and a helping hand for anyone lucky enough to be in his life. His journey serves as a reminder that compassion, understanding, and support are essential for those facing similar challenges. His family is proud of the years of sobriety Matthew achieved and even more grateful for the time it gave them with him. 

Funeral services were held earlier this week.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alina Lodge, Blairstown, NJ., an addiction treatment center, to Keshet, a Jewish outreach organization, or a charity of your choice.


Matthew’s memory will endure among all of those that he touched during his short, yet meaningful life. He was open, honest, and a man of true integrity who impacted others, both personally and professionally. Matthew never needed his generosity to be acknowledged and would openly share his experience with anyone needing a little encouragement or help. Matthew was a friend to everyone and will always be remembered for his love of nice cars and fabulous shoes. Our hearts are broken and we will miss him dearly.


Shiva will be observed by the family at the Friedman JCC, 613 S. J. Strauss Lane, Kingston on Thursday, August 10, 2023 from 3:00 - 6:00. 

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