Raymond Angelo Ratto Sr.
Sept 19, 1927 - Nov 26, 2011
Resident of Alameda
Beloved husband for 48 years of the late Irene Ratto, he is survived by his angel Eleanor Camicia, his seven children Raymond Ratto Jr., Paul Ratto, David Ratto, Suzanne Walling, Thomas Ratto, Margaret Ratto-Young and Joanne Lippi, 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Ray was the beloved son of the late Antone and Johanna Ratto, brother of twin Edwin Ratto, Len Ratto and sisters Catherine Buchl, Joan Ciccarelli and Anne Gangl, as well as his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brothers John Ratto, Antone Ratto Jr., Frank Ratto and sister Adelaide Ciccarelli.
Ray was born and raised in Alameda and graduated from Alameda High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a lifelong farmer and part of the 100-year-old family business Ratto Bros., which is still in existence today. In his earlier years, he volunteered with the Boy Scouts and was a member of St. Joseph High School's school board. He was a member of the Ligure Club, Grandfathers Club, the 100 Club and Native Sons of the Golden West Piedmont Parlor. Ray truly embraced the community of St. Joseph's as an usher and active parishioner.
More than anything, Ray cherished his family and friends. He was a loving, caring, generous and wonderful man with a welcoming heart. He always had a positive outlook on life, told a story with a twinkle in his eye and had a great sense of humor. He loved farming, traveling and fishing.
He held an important place in his heart for his special needs twin brother, Eddie, and those who care for him.
Friends and family are invited to a vigil on Wednesday, November 30, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda. A funeral Mass will be Thursday, December 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School.