Athletics Mourns Loss of Hall of Famer, Ralph Mattiola '48

Franklin & Marshall Hall of Famer, Ralph A. Mattiola ’48, passed away on Tuesday May 24, 2011, with his family by his side. He was 91 years old. Originally slated for the class of 1944, Mattiola left school in winter of ’41 to enlist in armed forces.

Ralph was a graduate and star football player at Bridgeport High School. He brought his extraordinary football skills to F&M. Ralph was a two-time All American and two-time team captain.  He was also a standout in basketball, earning All-Pennyslvania Third Team honors in 1946.

After he graduated Magna Cum Laude, he was in the first group of inductees into the PA State and F&M Athletics Hall of Fame. Ralph proudly served his country during World War II and was under the command of General George Patton.

In 1976, he founded the Ralph Mattiola Company and in 1984, the Mattiola Construction Company. Ralph was a past president and former member of the Plymouth Township Lions Club and a past president of CSDA. He was a member of the Springford Country Club and he was an avid golfer.

Born May 12, 1920 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Julia (nee Ottaviano) Mattiola and the beloved husband of Rosemary (nee Calabrese) with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. 
In addition to his wife Rosemary, Ralph is survived by his two sons; Robert (Cheryl) of Collegeville and Steven (Joan) of Collegeville, five grandchildren; Suzonne, Chantel, Cassidy, Drew and Timothy, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Cheryl Ann, three brothers; Carlo, John, and Nicholas and his sister Betty Harvey.

Services were held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.