Raymond Ratto Sr.
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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.

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Published in Inside Bay Area News on Nov. 29, 2011.
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June 13, 2012
Just wanted to give my prayer's to the family and to say thank you for all the year's of keeping us all healthy God Bless you. You will be greatly missed, I just found out sorry for the delay
Bruchell Keys-Toyfoya
June 13, 2012
As long time family friends, I was so saddened to here of the passing of another truly wonderful fun loving man, in Ray Ratto Sr. There couldn't be a nicer or more giving man on the face of the earth. I am the last with the Gamenara name in the United States, but on behalf of the entire Gamenara family, may I say that Ray will be sorely missed. Blessings to the rest of the family, may they be strong and carry on the family traditions of food, family and fun! With love and prayers, Lynnette Gamenara
Lynnette Gamenara
January 7, 2012
Hey Cousins,
Very sorry to hear about uncle Ray, my thoughts are with you.
John Shannon-MacDonnell
john shannon
December 13, 2011
What an AWESOME man Papa Ratto was, His smile was as huge as his heart. My prayers are with everyone in the Ratto family. Know you all are in my heart~ Nancy Laviolette Niles
Nancy Laviolette Niles
December 7, 2011
We are french and we had the chance to meet Ray in February 2010 thanks to Jim and Mary NEIL. It was a fabulous moment. We send our sincere condolences to the Ratto family and we share their grief.
We have many thoughts to his family and
Véronique and Olivier BOIZET
December 7, 2011
We are french and we had the chance to meet Ray thanks to Mary and Jim Neil in February 2010. It was a fabulous moment! We send our sincere condolences to the Ratto family and we share their grief. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Véronique and Olivier BOIZET
December 5, 2011
We send our sincere condolences and many prayers to the Ratto family. It was a privilege to work with Ray and the family in years past. All of you are in our thoughts.

Phil and Janet Fendyan
December 3, 2011
Mr. Ratto was such a generous and kind-hearted man! The world needs more people like him! He deserves his place in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jim & Laurie (Splan) Mari
December 1, 2011
Waiting on Ray and his family at Pier 29 was always a highlight of my day. He always had a smile and kind words. Seeing him after I retired was always a treat, Having dinner with him and the DelMasso's was so enjoyable. He will be missed and was very loved. Pam Caponio (Alameda)
Pam Caponio
November 30, 2011
Ray was a dear friend to my parents jack and miki
he always had a smile , easy to laugh and style
Ray thank you for teaching me to eat my veggies
Joe Martin
November 30, 2011
November 30, 2011
Heaven's gain is our loss on earth. Ray was a wonderful, happy man with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his lips. Hospitality was his metier - the food, the wine, the hugs - and he was good at those slow dances too!

Ray was a dear friend to my late husband, Jim Pattillo, many years ago. I will never forget the many kindnesses Ray showed us as he drew us into his large, welcoming family.

Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter the Lord's joy and the loving embrace of your family and friends who were waiting for you.
Marilynne Homitz
November 30, 2011
Ray was really a great guy and a true gentlemem. I will always treasure our times playing Pedro at his beautiful home and at Woody Paynter's (where we first met). We will also cherish our many vacations with Ray & Eleanor. Ray was the most generous man we ever met (he would not let you buy a drink). He will truly be missed by his family and his many friends.
Vic & Leila D'Orazi
November 30, 2011
To my cousin Ray I will never forget our Family Water Skiing adventure to Lake Shasta back in the 70's you are the only one I know that did not need an Alternator or a reverse on his Outboard Boat Engine just lot's of spare battieries!! Wow lot's of fun memories at the Silver Lake Camping adventures as well. You were an inspiration to all and never gave up on any project. With love to all my Cousins Family and Friends. Bobby Long
Robert Long
November 30, 2011
My condolences to the Ratto Family, and to the many people who loved Ray. I picture Ray right now, twinkle in his eyes, amusing St. Peter with a funny little story. It has been wonderful to read about Ray and the many people and organizations to whom he reached out and helped. I will always remember how he reached out to his cousin, my mom, and became, along with his brothers, such an important, supportive part of her life. Ray was an inspiration for us all, and a beautiful example in his commitment to family and community.
Carmelita (de Urioste) Perez
November 30, 2011
So very sorry for your loss. Ray and Eddie were my next door neighbors for a long time and then Paul moved in. Super great guy and super great family.

Connie Wandke
Connie Krajcirik
November 30, 2011
When Ray arrived in heaven, Jesus gave him a “standing ovation!” Congratulations Ray, on the magnificence of your live. Your inspiration touched us all.
George and Cara de Urioste
George & Cara de Urioste
November 30, 2011
Ray is one of best men I ever knew. I will always remember him by his open arms and open heart. Ray made the world a better place and now Heaven will never be the same! He is an inspiration to me and will always live on in my heart.
Doug de Urioste
November 30, 2011
To the Ratto Family and Eleanor,
We haven't found the words to adequately describe this special person. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Ray always made it a point to take care of us, whether it was with a watermelon from the trunk of his car to the happiness he spread around the neighborhood. We loved the always present big smile and clever words. He will be greatly missed.
Our sincere sympathy to all the family.
Edythe Harlan and Michael McClean
November 29, 2011
Ray, I hope you are out there celebrating with your family and friends. What a precious life you lived here on Earth, and how many lives you touched. You are a true angel, and I know many people are better and "sunnier" for having known you. I too will always remember the twinkle in your eye...and the stories you told. You always made me and Jim feel loved and special. I also want to thank the family for all you have done for our parents. You were there for them 150%. Bless you all. Say hi to my dad Ray. We love you Rattos! Take care!
Liz French
November 29, 2011
Brittany Laviolette
RIP Grandpa Ratto :'(
He was one of the Most Amazing, Loving, Hilarious, Big Hearted, Giving, Fabulous Man !!! Its been an Honor to have been in His Family these last 10 yrs knowing him and having great memories of him!!! He is with God now and at Peace but will never ever be forgotten!!! We Love and Miss you SO Much Already!!! xoxoxoxoxo
Brittany Laviolette
November 29, 2011
So sorry for you lost. Ray was a wonderful man with a large heart. He and my dad (John Fazio) were best of friends. I know they are both in heaven right now getting ready to plant next years crop of basilico and lettuce. Thank you Ray for everything you did for us.
Katherine and Joetta (Fazio)
Joetta Silva
November 29, 2011
I'll always remember when I was a young boy and my Dad Bernie would go to visit his Uncle Tony, and our cousins Eddy and Ray. The cherries would come out and I'd get to listen to the stories. And how many times would Ray show up to my Mom and Dad's with boxes of basilico that Don and I would get the call to come over and make Pesto for the year. Once I started in with my work with non-profits, if I ever needed anything, Ray would donate it. Just two weeks ago I called Sue to find out some information about Len Ratto the baseball player and when Ray heard it was me on the phone, he made sure Sue asked me if I needed anything. Ray was a wonderful cousin and a great man, and I will miss him. I am very sorry that I will miss the Rosary and Funeral as I travel tomorrow to Eureka for work and won't be home until Thursday, late afternoon. I will be thinking about him though, and hope that he and Dad are having a cherry and telling stories.
Steve Ratto
November 29, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a loving and generous man. He will truly be missed, with that beautiful infectious smile!
Linda & John Van Duyn
November 29, 2011
Best Uncle a nephew could ever have. He always had a smile and a story to tell us in our younger days. As we grew older, he was very wise in his advice to us.

Uncle Ray, we'll miss you.
Mike MacDonnell
November 29, 2011
Ray and his family did so much for our family. My fondest of many memories of Ray was when he and my father accompanied Boy Scout Troop 89 on a 50-mile backpack trip in the High Sierras in 1970.
Jim French
November 29, 2011
Wow, what a QUALITY man. Ray was a great soul; kind man and a very giving person, he will be missed...RIP.
Greg Sherman
November 29, 2011
Their are so many words that describe uncle Ray..warm,loving ,devoted father he was that radiant energy that touch all our hearts.I was honor to have known Raymond in my life..
Helena Gutierrez
November 29, 2011
Uncle Ray had such a wonderful aurora and people loved to around him. I strive to be the person that he was and still is in our hearts. He is def. one of gods angels and I am happy to have known him. Love you Uncle Ray.
Traci Ciccarelli
November 29, 2011
I was very lucky to have met this wonderful man who always had a smile on his face whenever I met him, and his personality lives on in his sons. Rest in peace.
Karen Miller
November 29, 2011
How lucky I was to have an such a wonderful uncle. He was always so loving and giving to me and everyone. I am going to miss his sweet smile and the little twinkle in his eyes. I love you dearly. Rest in sweet peace. Love, Sandy
Sandy Ciccarelli
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