Senator Lisa Baker Tribute to Dr. Joseph Mattioli

There are many legendary names in NASCAR – Petty, Allison, Earnhardt, France. But we will never forget our own Pocono legend – “Doc” Joseph Mattioli. He was a pioneer, a visionary, and an exceptionally community-minded individual.

Before Doc took his final lap around the tricky triangle of Pocono, the words of Frank Sinatra rang out in the St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Lake Harmony – “I did it my way.”

Yes, Doc Mattioli certainly did it his way, and his way built Pocono Raceway from the fields of a spinach patch into a premier, world class facility. When successful family-owned businesses are a rarity, Pocono remains the only family-owned and operated track on the Sprint Cup series.

Doc had a big heart, a big voice and a powerful presence. He was a hard-nosed businessman and respected for his countless acts of quiet generosity throughout the Poconos and across the region.

Together with his wife, Dr. Rose, he built a life rooted in family, faith, and community. Their 63 years of marriage were based upon a solid foundation of love, friendship and mutual respect. His adoration for Dr. Rose was always evident and their hands were linked as one.

They passed on their values of hard work, commitment and excellence to their children, daughters Louie, Michele and son, Joseph, III., grandchildren, Brandon, Nick, Ashley, Chase, Joseph IV, Michael, Elizabeth, and great grandchildren Madison, Mackenzie and Peyton. His family extended to the dedicated staff and long-time employees of Pocono Raceway were integral to his success.

My family and I were proud to call Doc Joe, our friend. He was a man of character, conviction and contribution.

A NASCAR website in tribute to Doc Mattioli quoted Ernest Hemingway who said ” Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguishes one man from another.”

Doc Mattioli did it his way and he died loved, respected and admired.

Please join me in a moment of silence in honor of Dr. Joseph Mattioli.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson
(570) 675-3931

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