He died on Sunday morning at his home of an apparent heart attack. See: Mattingly's Owner Jim Mattingly Passes Away
Jim and his mother Edna started Mattingly's Inn in 1971 in the City of Hazelwood on Howdershell Road. He moved the business to Florissant some time later in 1985 after a fire destroyed the Hazelwood location. He expanded to a second location in St. Charles County in 2008.
Throughout the years the man, who is known for giving back to the Florissant/Hazelwood community, and his restaurants have gained a large and loyal following of customers.
When the news was announced on the Florissant and Hazelwood Patch Facebook pages, people expressed great sorrow and fond memories.Rachel Ray expressed how her family united at Mattingly's for a first family outing after her parents had separated three decades prior and she said, "Thanks to Jim Mattingly for making a place to call home for our communities and families."
Kelly Naysmith said the Mattingly family would be in her thoughts and prayers.
Check out what your neighbors had to say below and share your fond memories of Jim Mattingly and Mattingly's Sports Bar in the comments section below.
Here are just a few of the words your neighbors expressed:
- Laurie Tenshler: So sad he was such a nice guy.. Praying for his family..
- Laurie Rose: R.I.P.
- Nancy Holmes Quinlan: Florissant lost an amazing man. Prayers for his family.
- Mary Bauserman: prayers coming their way...R.I.P.
- Rachel M Ray Ray: When my parents separated a few years after I was born I didn't understand but 30 years later when My mom and dad decided to start seeing each other again and then decided to remarry 30 years later to make the announcement to their daughters they took us to Mattingly's A family Restaurant to make it official. Mattingly's has been the place we go to have family dinners, father daughter dinners, mother daughter dinners, just a gathering to socialize and more. Its the place that says We Are Home. Thanks to Jim Mattingly for making a place to call home for our communities and families.
- Peggy McHugh Frey: So sorry, Cheryl. What a beautiful picture of you and Jim!
- Kelly Naysmith: Thoughts and prayers for the Mattingly family.