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Christy Le Lait

I so enjoyed spending time with Joe at Lakeside. He is missed.

Kevin Jirak

Joe was at first a schoolmate and fellow sailor at SUNY Maritime with me. Years later we became professional colleagues. That grew into a wonderful working relationship. I was introduced to his loving wife and family as we started to work to together more closely. Joe then became a very giving mentor for me at a time when I needed it. He was a true friend. He was very knowledgeable and generously shared his wisdom and time with me. His love for his family was easy to see. I will miss Joe. The knowledge he gave me and memories we shared will never be forgotten. FWE Joe.

Patricia Badolato Fallon

Joe and I grew up in same neighborhood and attended Resurrection Grammar School in Rye. I remember him as being serious and jovial at the same time. I was sad to read of his passing but glad he had such a rich and interesting life. I send my sincere condolences to his family.

Ashley Calhoun

I had the pleasure of meeting Joe and becoming one of his caregivers about 2 years ago. He was the sweetest man. It was my pleasure to have known such a man. His wife Marianne was second to none. The love and devotion she showed for him was unlike anything I've ever seen. My heart and my prayers go out to the Cotter family. A great man has been lost and will truly be missed.

Anthony Venuti

So many good people gone.We were classmates at Stepinac.I know he is in a better world now,\God bless you and all your family.Rest in peace my friend.You will be missed but never forgotten.

Fred Crane

JJJoe was a friend to me in High school. We lost a kind hearted mam in his passing Rest in Peace

Bill Hoeler

A very good man. RIP Joe.

Dan Curran


Rich and Debbie Salerno

Debbie and I are saddened by your loss. Joe was a good guy. A real gentleman.

Mike and Susan Leahy

It is sad news to hear of the passing of our friend and my long-time colleague. A man of exceptional integrity, intelligence, knowledge and loyalty; it was a blessing to know and to work with Joe. Our sincere condolences to Marianne and the children. He has left a legacy of family and dear friends to honor his memory.

Harry Rogers

A classmate, a colleague and a loyal friend. Joe will be missed.


I remember the day I met Mr Joe and his beautiful wife Marianne walk into the room. His is beautiful family.... If I remember correctly there was a black and white cookie from Nana Theresas involved at some point that day!! He always lit up when he saw his beautiful wife. He alaways had a bit of a grin on him and hug that would make anyone feel special!! He will be missed on this earth and may God surround you all with love and peace. It was and Honor to know him and his beautiful family!!

Andrew N Triandafilou

I met Joe in the early 80's at Maersk Line Limited. We both grew up in Rye, New York and knew alot of the same people. Joe was a good man. A hard worker, smart, dedicated and loyal to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to Marianne, Thomas, Katherine, Megan, and Erin.

Peg Scherr

Although I didn’t get to know Joe well, I know what a special man he always must have been. He had the devotion and love of his wife and best friend, Marianne. His legacy are his beautiful children and grandchildren and the many friends that he made and kept. God bless you and keep you, Joe.

Nick Orfanidis

Joe and I had a very special bond and worked many a problem together over the years. Many funny stories and he was always there to help. I appreciate the support when my wife was in her last days, Joe was there. May you rest in eternal peace.

Demetrios Demetrakis

May this "Gentle & Kind Hearted Giant" find his repose in the Lord's care. He was a wonderful human being that we at MTL had the privledge to call associate & above all friend. God Rest His Soul, May His Memory Be Eternal. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his wonderful family.

Rich du Moulin

We were fortunate to share some fun years at MTL with Joe .

Maggie Daraghy

When my husband Bill died, Joe was there, he made my grief easier to handle. Burial at sea, flags at half staff, and the hysterical event at customs. Love to all

Mary L Cervati

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I have many memories of the years we worked together. His practical jokes, subtle sarcasm, and hard work made him a great team player. He always spoke up when he needed to make a point and there was nothing phony about him. My sincere condolences to Joe's Wife and family. I pray you find comfort in your memories and reflect on the love you all shared. God bless!

Robert Daraio

My deepest condolences on Joe’s passing. He wa a great friend and one hell of a sailor.Rest In Peace Joe.

Stephen Gumpel

From our common high school days through our common chosen industry, whenever Joe and I came into each other’s circles, he allowed us to pick up where we last left off. A lovely and positive gentleman and friend. ThNk you and God Bless you Joe.

Joseph Thomas Cotter


Joseph Thomas Charles Cotter was born on May 20, 1955 in New York City to John Jerome and Theresa Anne Cotter. Joseph grew up in the Bronx and Rye, New York.
Joseph met the love of his life, Marianne McIntyre while working on the Stepinac stage at age fifteen. Marianne and Joseph were married on January 23, 1976 at Sacred Heart Chapel in Yonkers, New York. Joseph graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and SUNY Maritime (Fort Schuyler). Joseph was a proud member of the SUNY Maritime Alumni Association.
Joseph was a trained Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, traveling the world on Container ships, RO/RO ships, and with the Maritime Pre-Positioning Force. Joseph enjoyed spending time with his family, sailing and playing with his grand-babies.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Marianne, children Thomas (Coryann) of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Catherine of White Plains, New York, Megan of Bardonia, New York and Erin (Daniel) Spana of Fernandina Beach, Florida and grandchildren Natalie, Caleb, Emma, Charles and Teagan and many, many family and friends.

Services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Mission in Yulee, Florida.

Donations in his memory may be to the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler Museum, 6 Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx, New York 10465.


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