Cumberland Times-News

March 11, 2014


Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Robert “Bob” C. Mattingly, 85, of Cumberland, passed away March 8, 2014 at Allegany Health Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Mattingly was born on March 14, 1928, in Cumberland, to the late Henry Thomas Mattingly and Gertrude (Kean) Mattingly.

He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1946. While at LaSalle Robert played Football and Basketball. He was 1945 All City football. Regarded by opposing coaches as the “fastest and smoothest backfield player”. He was inducted into the Western Maryland Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1990, Bob won the Gold medal in diving at the Maryland State Olympics at the age of 62, defeating his closest scoring competitor who was at the time a member of the Frostburg State University diving team. He attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. An employee of ABL, he retired after 38 years of service.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ryan (Prendergast) Mattingly. They married on Jan. 19, 1949. They lived briefly in Lexington, Ky., and then returned to Cumberland. The couple was married fifty-nine years and raised seven children. The family were members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Bob, a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church for 82 years, most recently a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Ridgeley, W.Va.

Bob was the youngest of six children and was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack Mattingly, Brother Thomas Claude Mattingly, O.F.M. Cap, Dan Mattingly, and sisters, Marnie Bishop and Louise Stajduhar.

Bob was a father of seven children. He is survived by his six children, Kevin Mattingly and wife Cecily Rayburn-Mattingly, Arlington, Va., Moriah Mattingly-Jones and husband Phillip Jones, Cumberland, Marjorie Mattingly, Columbia, Brendan Mattingly, Rockville, Louise Mattingly Fairfax, Va. and Matthew Mattingly and wife Sarah Mattingly, Falls Church, Va. He was preceded in death by his son, Regis Mattingly.

Mr. Mattingly, “Pop” is the Grandfather to ten grandchildren, Brian Shrout and wife, Diane States-Shrout, Dana Jones-Meche and husband, Jude Meche, Greg Shrout, Ryan Mattingly, Daniel Mattingly and wife, Susanna Mattingly and son Lucas, Blake Jones, Kathryn Mattingly, Amanda Mattingly, Colin Mattingly and Andrew Mattingly. He was the Great-Grandfather to Liam Robert Meche and Brycen Shrout. Bob also has 38 nieces and nephews.

Bob was a well-known, respected and adored coach. Serving as the Boys Basketball Coach to SS Peter and Paul School from 1951 to 1967. A coaching record, which dominated with 260 wins and 56 losses, seven CYO Championships and never finishing below 2nd place in all his years as coach, including Championships in the YMCA Gold Medal Tournaments. His success was widely respected on and off the court for his leadership and mentorship to hundreds of youth. He taught his athletes to believe in themselves and respect one another. Dozens of those whom he coached continued to keep in contact with him as they regarded him not only as their coach, but someone who was a great life teacher and mentor. A coach who took time with all of his athletes.

Bob was a true renaissance man. He was a CPL US ARMY, World War II veteran. A sports enthusiast, who loved to play tennis and an accomplished diver, who also had a passion for theater and the arts. Traveling to New York City, across the tri-state area as well as local high schools for theater productions. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, The American Legion, the YMCA and the Democratic Party. He loved a good game of cards with friends as much as a Broadway play. A devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather to a large family who always had time for a friend, a neighbor, or a stranger in need. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, kindness, loyalty, athleticism and quick wit.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service to begin at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 125 Fayette St., Cumberland, on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Michael Lecias, officiating who is Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Ridgeley, W.V.

Internment will be Monday, March 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap.

Pallbearers will be, Ed Mullaney, Jim Stewart, John J. “Perkey” Yates, Ted Malloy, Bill Stakem, and George “Mo” Beal.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to, St. Anthony's Parish, P.O. Box 1560 Fort Ashby, WV 26719 or the Cumberland Theatre, 101 North Johnson St. Cumberland, MD 21502.

The family appreciates the thoughts and prayers of so many for Bob and his family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, coach and friend.

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