John William Cottone

December 7, 1958December 22, 2018

John William Cottone, DMD, 60, of Locust Valley, N.Y., passed away Dec. 22, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Cottone was known by hundreds as their trusted and friendly family dentist, a profession to which he gave his talent and heart for 30 years. He owned a practice in Syosset, which he expanded in 2001 as Berry Hill Dentistry, PC. Dr. Cottone was a true professional of the science of dentistry who dedicated his time and concentration to the latest advancements in the dental field. But, it was the passion for the art of his craft that set him apart. A smile is each person’s gift to the world, and Dr. Cottone took seriously his role in bringing the happiest, brightest smile to each of his patients. In fact, he was known for his own smile — offering it freely to anyone at any time. It is perhaps what his friends and family will remember most of John, something he never failed to give them even after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July. For the next five months, he fought the disease valiantly and selflessly. His family and patients remained his top priority, and John kept going to work despite the battle he faced. The most powerful source of John’s smile, however, was his family. He met Carol Anne Schmitz, DMD, while studying at the Fareligh Dickinson University School of Dentistry. After he graduated in 1985, the two married in 1997. Dr. Schmitz joined her husband at Berry Hill Dentistry and together they had two children, Julianne and Christian. He proudly spoke of his angel Julianne’s kindness and intellect and best-friend Christian’s skill on the ice hockey rink. They loved sports spending time with their father on the golf course, at home, and anywhere they were together. Born on Dec. 7, 1958, John was raised in Farmingdale and is a 1977 graduate of Farmingdale High School. He was an accomplished wrestler, pole vaulter, and gymnast. Along with his wife and children, John is survived by his parents, Charles and Jeanette; brother Charles (Bridget); father-in-law Dr. Robert M. Schmitz (Marion); brother-in-law Robert W. Schmitz, DMD (Erika); sister-in-law Jeannie Babinski; and nieces and nephews Nicholas and Michael Cottone, James and Johanna Babinski, and Gabi and Gracie Schmitz. Friends and family are invited to call at the Beney Funeral Home, 79 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset on Dec. 27 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 93 Anstice St., Oyster Bay on Friday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, an educational fund has been established for Julianne and Christian. If you would like to donate, please visit, or send a check payable to The Bone Marrow Foundation, 515 Madison Ave., Suite 1130, New York, NY 10022. If you have any questions, please contact The Bone Marrow Foundation and Sharon Reyes-Rodriquez at 212-838-3029.


  • Visitation 2PM to 4PM & 7PM to 9PM Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Funeral Mass at The Chapel of St. Dominic 93 Anstice Street, Oyster Bay Friday, December 28, 2018

John William Cottone

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Rita Saïd

April 12, 2019

My heart breaks for all that knew and loved Dr. Cottone, as I did. He helped me find my smile again and for that, will always remember his kindness. While I respected his experience and expertise in his profession, it was his kindness and generosity of spirit I will miss most of all. My heartfelt sympathies to Dr. Cottone's family and office staff. Take care and celebrate his life by living yours as fully and as kindly as he did. Thank you Dr. Cottone for being you. Because of you, I found my smile again. With much gratitude, I will always remember you fondly.

Rita Saïd

Ssuan & Bob Graf and Family

January 14, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. Dr. Cottone was not only a kind and wonderful man but a true caring professional in his field. I will never forget when we were having financial trouble and closing our business in 1999. Dr. Cottone said "I will take care of you and your family; that's what's important. I know you will pay me". We did, thank heavens, and continued our relationship all these years; sharing our personal stories and memories of when our children were young. There was more than one occasion when Dr. Cottone went above and beyond to put one of us at ease. His smile was an inspiration and a joy. We will always remember him in our hearts. May your wonderful memories give you strength during this difficult time. What a gift he left behind; the true lesson of Kindness and Joy.
With our deepest sympathy to all who loved him so much,

Joe Lopes

January 8, 2019

I was a patient of Dr. Cottone for almost 30 years and you could always count on him for a smile, a pleasant visit, compassion and professionalism! Whether it was golf, music or the Yankees, he was always ready with a friendly word and interest in his patients, as he showed to me and my wife Suzanne when we came in. We even laughed about his sharing a birthday with my mother! We will miss him and offer our sincerest condolences to his family, especially his wife and colleague Carol Anne and his children Julianne and Christian. We also want to express to his colleagues at Berry Hill Dentistry, especially my long-time hygenist Arlene and long-time staff Jennifer, Bridget and Amie - who I all consider friends - our sincere condolences for their loss too. I always noted the camaraderie he fostered in the office and I will miss him very much. Thanks and rest in peace!

Rich Cook

January 5, 2019

I never liked going to the dentist, but I always liked seeing Dr Cottone & his smile! You will be missed as you left us way too soon!

Steve Feder

December 27, 2018

John was a great friend, a caring and gentle human being, who I will remember for the rest of my life. We played a lot of golf together and was my dentist for 25 years,. I will miss him terribly.
My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. He will live forever in our hearts.

Rochelle Schaeffer

December 27, 2018

There aren't enough words to say what a special person John was. He always had a smile on his face even throughout his illness. I am so thankful for the time I knew him and all that he has done for me. He was the best dentist and always put me at ease in his chair. My heart goes out to his family.

Pat Krohmer

December 27, 2018

This is such sad news that came to me in Florida. When I moved here, it was very hard to find such a first class, honest dentist and a wonderful practice like Dr. Cottone's.
I reminisced with my friend Kate about our longtime friendship with Bridget. When Bridget married Charles, I made my connection with Dr. Cottone. I will remember all my dental visits in the 1990's as fun social events. I am so glad to have had a very special visit with Dr. Cottone to get his expertise a number of years since.
Every time I brush, I will always reflect on Dr. Cottone and his high quality and meticulous work that will last forever.
I extend my sincere condolences to all the Cottone family on your too young, too soon loss of your very special loved one who touched all our lives.

Rudy Miller

December 26, 2018

John You Were The Best

"Good Night Sweet Prince And Flights Of Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest"

Debra O'Gorman

December 26, 2018

Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of a gifted dentist who always had a smile on his face and put his patients at ease. Condolences to his wife, children and family and also to his wonderful and caring office staff.

Debra O'Gorman

Renée Guercia

December 26, 2018

We met John almost 30 years ago! He was my Dad, my Sister Suzette and my dentist for some years. But our relationship was more like friends as we never went to see him at his office without making him laugh throughout our entire visit. He was always there with a smile on his face and a genuinely good nature. My heart breaks for his Wife Carol Ann and his beautiful children. God Bless all of them and God Bless his soul...Renée Guercia