Ray Ratto Sr. Athletic Booster Scholarship Award
Mr. Ratto 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 for decades.
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. After Mr. Ratto’s passing in November of 2011, the SJND Athletic Booster Club started a scholarship for graduating senior student-athletes in his honor. One male athlete and one female athlete will be chosen to receive an award of $500 each.