Richard Ratto
1929 - 2019
BORN
1929
DIED
2019
FUNERAL HOME
Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home - FD-230
977 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA
Richard Royce "Pops" Ratto

January 9, 1929 - March 15, 2019

A 63-year resident of San Mateo, passed away March 15, 2019 at age 90 from complications following a stroke.

Rich was born in San Francisco in 1929 to Victor and Olga Ratto and moved to Burlingame as a young child. He was a graduate of the Drew School in San Francisco and the College of San Mateo. A decorated veteran of the Korean War, he entered the plumbing trade after the war and was a proud 64-year member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Union Local 467 where he worked on commercial and industrial plumbing installations throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties during his 30-year career.

He married his wife Beverly (B.J.) in 1951 and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage before her passing in 2006. He served as her devoted caregiver during the last years of her life.

Rich had a lifelong fascination with trains and with his brother Don enjoyed building miniature live steam locomotives that they ran on the Golden Gate Live Steamers tracks at Tilden Park in Berkeley, where he was a member. An amateur cartoonist, Rich created "Spike and Rail", a humorous train-themed cartoon panel that ran for many years in the GGLS newsletter.

An original DIY-er, Rich could build or fix almost anything and was always generous with his time, helping out family, friends and neighbors with his skills. He also shared these talents in later years as a volunteer at the San Mateo Senior Center and the San Mateo Public Library. A life-long learner and "news junkie", Rich challenged himself to keep up to date with world affairs, politics and technology and enjoyed using Photoshop on his computer and texting messages, videos and photos to his family and friends into his 89th year. An avid Giants and 49ers fan, who enjoyed gatherings of his large family, Rich's warmth, charm, sense of humor and generosity will be missed.

Rich is survived by his brother Don and his children Jan (Tony), Linda (John), Rick and David. He also leaves grandchildren Jennifer (Justin), Lindsay, Sean, Tim, Hailey and Kylie, and great-grandsons Lucas and Korbin, the newest steam engine fans in the family. He is also survived by step-grandchildren Kelly (Sal), Sean (Rebecca), and Kristin and their families.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in his honor on Thursday, April 25th at 10:30am at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 28th & Hacienda Streets, San Mateo. Private inurnment. Contributions in Rich's memory can be made to Sutter Hospice at Sutter Care at Home, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 160045, Sacramento, CA 95816.


Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2019.
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Dick was one of a kind. I worked with him back in the '80's and it was delight to get to know him. A good guy. - Diane Olson
Diane Olson
April 8, 2019
With heartfelt sympathy may fond memories of your loved one comfort you at this time. Please consider Psalm 145:18, 19. May those words bring you some consolation and a measure of peace.Ok
April 6, 2019
My sympathy goes out to the Ratto family. May the God of all comfort continue to strengthen you during your time of loss. Psalms 46 verse 1
Lisa Revrac
April 6, 2019
When Someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure, may the wonderful treasure fill your hearts with love and bring you peace . Our thoughts and prayer are with you during this difficult time. Please draw comfort from the promise at John 6:40
April 6, 2019
Condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May the peace of God comfort your hearts and give you strength during this difficult time.
April 6, 2019
May God comfort the family. My condolences to you all.
April 6, 2019
May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. Psalms 29:11
Michelle
Neighbor
April 6, 2019
I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends for the loss of your loved one, Richard. May you find comfort from your beautiful memories, as you find strength in your prayers during this difficult time.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
April 6, 2019
My condolences to your family.
I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn," sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61: 1, 2
April 6, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May you continue to feel comforted by the loving support of your family and friends and also from God Almighty who will give you the strength to get through these difficult times . Psalms 94:18-19
April 6, 2019
My heartfelt condolences for your loss. May the love and support of family and friends carry you through your grief, as you await the fulfillment of Gods promise to one day be reunited with your loved one again (John 6:40)
April 6, 2019
My condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. Isa 61:1
April 6, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the find memories of your loved one sustain your family at this time. May you also receive comfort from what is started at 1 Peter 5:6, 7
C Acosta
Neighbor
April 6, 2019
With heartfelt sympathy may fond memories of your loved one comfort you at this time. Please consider Psalm 145:18, 19. May those words bring you some consolation and a measure of peace.
April 6, 2019
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Richards ", FAMILY, it's time's like these when the loving promis of our heavenly father .gives us the hope of see our dear love one again.1 Thessalonians 4: 13, 14.
B N.
April 6, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Psalm 90:10
J W
April 6, 2019
My condolences to your family for your loss. May God bring you comfort during this difficult time. Romans 15:12
April 6, 2019
Sincere condolences to the family of Richard. May Gods loving kindness comfort the family and give them peace.(1Cor.1:3)
SAS
April 6, 2019
Can be so hard with the loss of a dear loved one in death, but your special memories of them can help you cope. May those precious memories of Richard, bring your family and friends comfort and prayer strengthen you as our Heavenly father gives you the courage and hope to help you endure in the days ahead.-Luke 7:11-17
D S
April 6, 2019
My heartfelt condolences.. May God's love fill your hearts with peace and comfort during this time. John 3:16
April 6, 2019
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times that you shared together. May our loving Heavenly Father provide you with the comfort and support that you need during this difficult time. (Psalm 145:18, 19) My thoughts and heartfelt condolences goes out to the family.
April 6, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences.You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give you and your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace will give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and your family and the comfort in the memories that you shared. 2 Thessalonians 2 15,16 .
M C
April 6, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn," strengthen you during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1, 2.
April 6, 2019
My deepest sympathies. May the "God of all comfort," help to ease the pain of your grief during this time.(1 Cor 1:3,4)
April 6, 2019
May you all have the strength you need at this time of sorrow, Phillipians 4:13.- Philadelphia.
April 6, 2019
When someone we love falls asleep in death the memories we have of them become our treasure, may those cherished memories of a life well lived and Gods promise at John 6:40 bring you a measure of comfort. My condolences to the family.
April 6, 2019
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