OBITUARY

Dean John Rotondo

May 20, 1954April 28, 2021
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Dr. Dean John Rotondo, a long-time resident of Boca Raton, passed from this temporary life to an eternal one on April 28, 2021.

Known to family and friends as Dino, he was born in The Bronx, New York, into a family and household of immigrants from Calabria, Italy. Dino grew up in New York City and helped run the family grocery store through college. He studied and received undergraduate degrees in biology and theology from Fordham University, and obtained his medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada, WI.

He completed his medical fellowship in psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Followed by a medical fellowship in neurology at the University of Pittsburgh medical school. Then opened his practice in Boca Raton in the 1980s. Dr. Rotondo was a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dino was a man of integrity, a consummate professional in his field and a true renaissance man. He impressed all who knew him with his humor, intellect, wisdom, generosity, compassion, and the belief that anyone's best footprint on earth should be doing one's best to better the world. He was all about family and being together as often as possible. He loved music and art: his house was an art museum and he eagerly planned and executed road trips to music concerts. He would typically set up listening sessions in his music room for his friends and family to hear something unique and meaningful. Like his love of music, he loved the ocean, a day in the waves was good for the soul! Dr. Rotondo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend and mentor -- and cherished every moment of life and all living things. His spirit and values will always shine brightly. He was predeceased by his wife and soul mate of 22 years, Hazel Ann. He is survived by his spouse and love of 12 years, Annie Laughlin, MD. Also, his five children: Shawn, Holly, Antonio, Angelica and Dean; seven grandchildren; his brother and best friend Al Rotondo, and sister-in-law Clare. Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home in Boca Raton is in charge of arrangements. A tribute to his life will be held on Thursday May 6 at 4:00pm, and a funeral service on Friday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach. Afterward, Boca Raton Cemetery on SW Fourth Ave. for his final resting. Dr. Rotondo wished that family and friends would gather at the boardwalk on Ocean Drive in Deerfield Beach, south of the pier, to pay homage to the ocean.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Jillian Jackson

May 11, 2021

To the family of Dr. Rotondo - I had the pleasure of being the doctors neighbor for many years , our office suites were next door to each other .. I thought I would share a memory I had with the good doctor .. when my daughters were about 3 ( twins ) I had them at the office one day , your dad knocked on my door to ask me something and when my daughter saw him , and how tall he was , for some reason took a liking to him right away and hugged him around the knees .. he was so touched by her small token of affection he threw his head back and laughed and patted her on the head .. every time he saw me he asked about her . It was the cutest thing .. I think that is the reaction many people had about him , just a very kind , smart and super nice man .. I hope this made you smile just a bit .. I will miss him , and his wonderful worlds of wisdom and kindness he always showed me and my daughters … RIP doc !

Arthur Brand

May 10, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Dino's passing. I worked with him many years ago at Fair Oaks Hospital and we shared patients together over the years. We shared a love for the NY Giants, Yankees, music and the Upper West Side of New York. I watched the Giants' first Super Bowl Victory at his house. I will miss his sharp intuition, humor and straightforwardness, which were features that also made him a great psychiatrist. My deepest condolences to his children and grandchildren. Rest in peace my friend and colleague.

Praturi Sharma. MD

May 7, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Dino’s Family I first met him in 1983 at Jackson Memorial Hospital and then when I moved to Boca often sought his advice. A good friend caring loving and Family man. Have great memories of Christmas parties at the house.He will be missed by many.
May he Rest In Peace 🙏

Lawrence Caplan

May 7, 2021

Yes, he was a great doctor. But he was an even greater friend.

Christopher Benson

May 7, 2021

I met Dino back in the early 90s. He hired me to be his pool guy. I was just starting my new company, and he was one of my first clients. It was such an exciting period of time in my life.

Unfortunately, my skills never really caught-up with my ambition, and it didn’t take Dino long to realize that I wasn’t much of a pool guy. That pool never looked so green!!! But Dino stuck with me.

I always enjoyed when he would come out, and we’d share a beer together. We always seemed to end up in the garage. Dino had awesome taste in petrol-based automobiles. There was a lot of self-expression in every car he owned. I remember his 70s vette…that was a sweet ride!!!

One day I was wrapping up, and Haze came out to say hello. I think she realized that I was going through one of those difficult transition periods in my life. I had so much going on and didn’t know how I was going to get through it. While I don’t remember the full context of the conversation, I do remember this. She said, “Chris, Dino trusts you.” She went on to say, “He doesn’t trust many people but he trust you.”

I have so much respect for Dino that hearing those words gave me the confidence I needed to keep moving forward. To have someone like Dino believe in me, when I stopped believing in myself, made all the difference in the world. My family and I are forever grateful. I wish everyone could have someone like Dino in his or her life. Thank you Dino!!!

PS: I hope Tesla becomes the most successful car company ever!!! He’ll understand.

Joy & Lou Moshakos

May 7, 2021

Our entire family is saddened to hear about the loss of your father. We have such fond memories of your family when we were neighbors in Florida. They were always so kind and selfless. I remember Dino and Lou driving through the neighborhood at 2am while Hazel and I walked the neighborhood in our pj’s, all of us looking for our lost puppy. I’ll never forget our trip to the highlands when your parents surprised us by letting off fireworks to celebrate our American citizenship. And I still smile when I remember your trip to NC; Dino was so happy taking over the kitchen cooking fried eggplant for the gang of us. But my greatest memory of Dino will always be how much he loved his family. Sending you prayers that you may find peace and comfort in your fondest memories of your loving father.
Dino will always live on in our hearts.

Brent Gray

May 7, 2021

As director of Spanish River Counseling Center in Boca Raton, I can attest to hundreds of our clients being helped through Dino's loving and expert care. He was also there for me personally when each of my brothers transitioned from this life to their eternal heavenly home.

His warmth, humor, and our dialogues about our helping others together, spiritual and political matters, will always be fond memories.

My prayers and respect fir his family, friends, and all the lives he helped to find life!

Blessings,

Dr. Brent Gray

Nathan Talbot

May 6, 2021

Dr. Rotundo was my doctor and mentor and helped me through depression issues as a husband and father of 3 boys. He touched more lives than his family will ever know.

My family is grateful that he helped me be a better dad, and husband. He would always ask how the “missus” was. We shared a love of baseball and live music, especially Pearl Jam. He loved their latest album and the last song River Cross will remind me of him:

I always thought I'd cross that river
The other side, distant now
As I got close it turned and widened
Horizon now, fading out
Drifting off in the undertow
Can't spot a figure on dry land
And afterthoughts of safety
When in truth, none to be had
None to be had
I used to tell time by my shadow
'Til the thunderclouds, they took the stage
These days will end as do the light's rays
Another read of the same page
Wide awake through this deepest night
Still waiting on the sun
As the hours seem to multiply
Find a star to soldier on
Living beneath a lion's paw
Knowing nothing can be tamed
Can be tamed
I want this dream to last forever
A wish denied to lengthen our time
I wish this moment was never ending
Let it be a lie that all future's die

Claude Seltzer

May 6, 2021

Dr. Rotondo was a kind, compassionate man who has helped me over the years. I'll miss him.

Robert Fortini

May 6, 2021

Dean was my best friend. He was one of a kind and the creator of “The Big Five”!
He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

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