A former longtime member of Royal Palm Beach’s village council who was elected to three terms as mayor has died.
Domenic “Matty” Mattioli, 90, passed away Monday morning after an illness. Flags on village property were lowered to half-staff in honor of Mattioli, Mayor Fred Pinto said.
Mattioli was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Marion. Survivors include his daughters, Karen Rutty, Sandy Loftus, Mary Kay Gardner and Lori Kostelansky; sister, Rita Mattioli; and grandchildren.
A memorial Mass is 9:30 a.m., Monday at Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church, 100 Crestwood Blvd., Royal Palm Beach.
Mattioli first joined the village council in 1994 and was mayor from 2010 to 2016. When he decided to retire from the council, he urged Pinto — with whom he served for about 12 years — to enter the race for the seat.
“He sat me down, took me to breakfast and said it was time for me to run,” Pinto recalled.
A former territory manager of sales for Corning Glass Works, Mattioli brought a gruff style to the dais that earned him occasional criticism. In running for his final term as mayor in 2014, his opponents called him “impolite,” and said he did not listen to residents’ concerns.
But in a candidates forum that year, Mattioli called on residents to take a bigger part in the process of politics in Royal Palm Beach. “If you have anything to say or you don’t like what we’re doing or how we’re doing it, tell us,” he said. “In my 20 years, three people have come up to speak. Now we have problems? I guess I don’t know what I’m doing or I wouldn’t have been here for 20 years.”
Mattioli also used his time on the council to push for more green spaces in the village, including the massive, $23 million Commons Park project. Mattioli championed Commons Park, comparing it to New York City’s Central Park in a 2014 interview with The Palm Beach Post.
“Words can’t describe what it’s like, you have to see it to believe,” Mattioli told The Post before the park’s grand opening in 2013.
Councilman Jeff Hmara served with Mattioli for about four years. He called the former mayor “one of the prime movers” in converting a defunct golf course into what now is Commons Park.
“I think he could see the importance of having something that was really extraordinary in the heart of Royal Palm,” Hmara said.
Mattioli also took pride in his work with grocer Aldi, which in 2015 opened a $50 million, 650,000-square-foot regional distribution center off State Road 7 just south of Okeechobee Boulevard in the village.
“I never dreamed Aldi would be coming to Royal Palm Beach,” he said at the facility’s 2013 groundbreaking.
Hmara said there was some concern at the time about large trucks rumbling around the village, going to and from Aldi’s facility, but not anymore.
“It just worked out extremely well,” he said. “A lot of credit goes to him for being the face of Royal Palm Beach during that time.”
Hmara described Mattioli as “a character” with a great sense of humor. “He was just a genuinely good guy,” he said.
In 2012, Mattioli told The Post he was taking some courses to get back into real estate after losing his wife to cancer in 2010. “It’s taken a lot out of me, so I thought that getting back into real estate would keep my mind preoccupied,” he said.
After winning re-election in 2014, Mattioli said he was tired but eager to see his third term. “Now I can get on with my life and finish what I promised,” he said.
Mattioli’s family did not return requests for comment.
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