William J. Rotondi

September 24, 1923October 22, 2018

William J. Rotondi, Ph.D., age 95, passed away on October 22, 2018 at home following a long illness. He was the husband of the late Bette (Poole) Rotondi.

Born in Boston, a son of the late Michael and Maria (Anzalone) Rotondi, he had resided in Dartmouth since 1977, previously living in Westport, Mattapoisett, Southboro and Dedham.

He was a graduate of Boston Latin High School, received a Master of Education degree from Boston College in 1951 and his Doctorate degree from Harvard in 1969.

Dr. Rotondi had a successful career as a Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth for 27 years, retiring in 1996. He also had a private practice as a licensed Psychologist.

William was an avid reader who had a thirst for knowledge. He enjoyed Italian cooking, gardening and walks on the beach. His favorite walking spot was the Marginal Way. Spending time with family always brightened his day.

He leaves behind his children, Jean Rotondi of Stoneham, his late daughter Anne Lindsay, William G. Rotondi and wife Jane of Norton and John R. Rotondi of New Bedford; his brother, John Rotonde of Pasadena, CA; his grandchildren Scott William Rotondi and Sarah Jane Rotondi; several nieces and nephews; and his longtime companion Paulette Kornetsky of Dartmouth. He was predeceased by siblings, Anthony Rotondi, Viola Gervais, Dorothy Ango, Albert Rotondi, Ida Malta, Elizabeth Wilson, and Joseph Rotondi.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. in St. Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Rd., Dartmouth followed by burial in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752. Arrangements are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth. For online tributes please visit:


  • Parkinson's Foundation
  • Special Olympics


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Beth Gervais

November 5, 2018

Maybe this is how everyone remembers loved ones. I don't know. Uncle Bill's voice and his laugh are inside of me, part of me. He always lit up and actually glowed (in my mind) whenever I was fortunate to be with him. He made me feel so loved. He had the ability to conduct his powers on the phone, as well! I guess that is what some people call memories, but it is so much more. His mentoring of Bill at an early age, and throughout his life, directed my husband and life partner into my life. I will be eternally grateful to Uncle Bill. The last time we were fortunate enough to see him, he said his only regret was he couldn't help more people in his life. That was why he studied, taught and practiced psychology. I have always been lucky in life, but I will forever be grateful for having Uncle Bill in my life and now in my " "memories".