Mattera of Harrisville, former hockey coach & Glocester police captain, dies at age 61


A Harrisville resident who served with the Glocester Police Department for more than 30 years died this month at the age of 61.

Joseph V. Mattera, died on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Born in Providence, Mattera was the son of the late Vincent and Carolyn (Iannazzi) Mattera. A resident of Harrisville for some 35 years, Mattera worked with the GPD for decades, retiring after attaining the rank of captain in 2017.

Mattera was a member of the Glocester Country Club, and a hockey coach for both the Smithfield Vikings and Burrillville High School. He was also a hockey referee for many years before hanging up his skates in 2018.

He is survived by his son Daniel J. Mattera and his wife Brittany of Franklin, Mass., and his daughter Corinne Mattera Gelinas and her husband Timothy of Harrisville. He was the brother of Roseann Mattera Mandarini of Greenville. He was the partner of Karen (Carberry) Beety. Joe’s favorite title was Papa, survived by his grandchildren Gia Belle Gelinas and Roman J. Pagnozzi.

GPD officials acknowledged the passing, announcing the news on social media.

“His legacy of leadership, integrity, and commitment to the community will forever be remembered,” the notice stated. “We will be forever grateful for his contributions to our force and community.”

Family and friends gathered for a Mass and last patrol ride on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Tucker-Quinn Funeral Chapel. For online condolences visit

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