James Alexander "Alex" Ratté

January 12, 1990March 31, 2018
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James Alexander “Alex” Ratté, 28, was born January 12, 1990 in Virginia Beach. He graduated from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High and attended the College of William and Mary, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Accounting. Alex loved music, and played the saxophone and piano. He was an avid fencer, video game enthusiast, and pro wrestling fan. Alex enjoyed working out and practicing martial arts. He was interested in aviation and was currently earning his pilot’s license. Alex worked as Project Manager for D.E. Kirby, Inc. and also owned his own landscaping business. He is survived by his parents, Marie and Jimmy, brother, Adam, and many loving family members and friends. He will be missed by all.

A service will be conducted at 1 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018, at Smith and Williams Kempsville Funeral Home, with a reception to follow. Graveside service will be private. On-line condolences may be offered to the family at


  • Jimmy Ratté, Father
  • Marie Ratté, Mother
  • Adam Ratté, Brother
  • Alex is also survived by many loving family members and friends. He will be missed by all.


  • Funeral Service Friday, April 6, 2018

James Alexander "Alex" Ratté

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Michele Creef Castner

May 6, 2018

Jimmy, Marie and Adam,
I was saddened to hear about Alex yesterday. My heart goes out to your family, I can't imagine the heartache you must feel. I'm glad I had the privilege of meeting Alex at Rudees for Christmas Eve dinner this past year. My deepest condolences to all and may he rest in peace.
Michele Creef Castner

Edward Gibbs

April 16, 2018

If this Alex Ratte is a young man I taught at Princess Anne Elementary School, I am so saddened by this news even though I am late for the memorial. The Alex Ratte I remember was a rock steady young man of 11 years old who was diligent with his school work as well as a rock of respect for his teachers.

If this is not the Alex Ratte I taught ,then the success he achieved would be projected from the one I taught so many years ago. My deepest sympathies.

Susan and Bobby Videtich

April 9, 2018

Jimmy, Marie and Adam,

Are hearts ache for you during this difficult time. Please be strong and hold on to one another. We love you and are here for you any time of day or night.

With Deepest Sympathy and Love,
Susan and Bobby

Linda McCausland

April 6, 2018

I met Alex quite a few times in many different places. He was a kind and compassionate young man. He had the ability to bring out the best in Stuart, my husband. Alex helped Stuart with the poison ivy patch on our land and kept any of it from coming into our house! I can't express to you my appreciation for his thoughtful kindness. As I look at that spot of land that Alex has personally touched, I will always remember him and how he cared for others and wanted to help. My prayers will be with you in the coming days. May God bless you with the help you need most right now.

Max & Virginia Estes

April 6, 2018

Dear Ratte Family,

Our deepest sympathies during this tragic time of loss. Please know there are so many that have your family in their thoughts and prayers.

Mr & Mrs Estes

Bill Dunn

April 5, 2018

In 2008 Alex was part of a precedent setting group of competitive ocean scholars at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. I was fortunate to be the coach of this five student ocean science team. Alex and his team mates won the Virginia regional of the National Ocean Science Bowl in February and we were off to represent Virginia at the national finals in April in Seward, Alaska. What an adventure! Flying to Anchorage, a train trip to Seward interrupted by an avalanche! Whales, eagles, and salmon dinners! Alex was a great team mate. He provided humor, camaraderie, and ideas that became team traditions for the following ten years. Alex helped form many fond memories for me, as a teacher and his coach, and for all those who knew him in high school. He brought joy to us all.

Jimmy, Marie and Adam, Regina and I are deeply saddened and send our heartfelt condolence.

Cindy Hudson

April 5, 2018

Dear Jimmy and family,
We are so very sorry for the pain you are feeling. Please know Mel and I are always here for you. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Cindy Hudson

Mary Heald

April 5, 2018

Maggie, SIT!

Christine Chesley

April 5, 2018

Here’s to the creator of The Gadgeteer comics, to a skilled saxophonist, and to an OG who once used martial arts to fend off a potential mugger! I have so many fond memories of you, Alex, from proposing the pie potluck tradition to fastidiously enforcing hand washing prior to using video game controllers. I wish you hadn’t left so soon, but your memories are here with us to stay.

Mrs. and Mr. Ratté and Adam, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in this time of sorrow.

Kim Drinko

April 4, 2018

I carry your family in my heart. My prayers, my love, and the love of our lord surround you. God bless you and keep you in his loving arms.


James Alexander "Alex" Ratté was an intelligent man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Alex was born on January 12, 1990 at Virginia Beach General Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His parents were Jimmy and Marie Ratté. Alex was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Ratté household was filled with love and happiness. Alex was raised with one sibling. He had one brother, Adam. Alex was constantly involved in activities with his brother. Alex and his brother were constantly together sharing interests and enjoying activities with each other.

      As a young child, Alex was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Alex developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Alex took part in baseball, basketball, and soccer. He was a member of the BSCHS Blue Crab Bowl Team. In his spare time he liked video games, wrestling, Digimon, and Star Wars. Alex's memorable achievements included earning a black belt in karate and creating The Gadgeteer, a comedic super hero epic. However, what Alex enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his family and friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Alex as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in 2008. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were science and band. The teachers he enjoyed learning from the most were Mr. McCausland, Mr. DeVoe, Mr. Dunn, and Mr. Kline. He was on the Blue Crab Bowl team that won the state championship and earned a trip to Alaska, he was also the number 1 ranked fencer in the state in high school. Alex was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Alex always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Alex handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Alex was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on hands on experiences. Alex was able to absorb information and recall it in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Alex well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from William & Mary 2011. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Masters in Accounting from William and Mary in 2012, completing 2 degrees in just 4 years. His favorite courses were Piano and Judo. Alex also created the Comic Book Club where he came up with The Gadgeteer, his signature comic book character.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Alex was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Alex was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Alex to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Steve McAvoy, Roger Chesley, Jeff Skelton, and Chase Duffy. Later in life, he became friends with Laura Kosic.

      Alex greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Alex enjoyed tackling challenges and using his intellect to solve problems. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Alex was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was Project Manager at D. E. Kirby. He was employed as an Auditor for Dominion Enterprises and as an accountant for the Capital Group Being an industrious self-starter, Alex started his own landscaping company called Lawns Plus which would go on to be very successful. Alex worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Alex liked to experience things first-hand as well as learning about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Alex always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were video games, piloting airplanes, exercising, and WWE. Alex was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Alex found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Alex was an avid fencer. In his college years, Alex continued to stay active by practicing Judo and Karate. Recreational sports included fencing and working out. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Pro Wrestling and NFL Football.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Alex as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Alex was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Alex was a member of the BSCHS Blue Crab Bowl Team, Video Game Club, and Band. In college, Alex joined the Comic Book Club.

      As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Alex was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Alex preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Alex was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Alex was a member of several community groups, including served as a Volunteer and the Virginia Aquarium. Politically, Alex was a Republican.

      Alex sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Alex many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included scholarships in elementary and high school, and 2 college scholarships.

      Alex enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Alex appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Alex always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Disney World, Las Vegas, and Alaska.

      Alex was a lover of animals and cherished dogs. One of Alex’s favorites was Brody, a Chihuahua. They were best friends for 3 years. Alex had a Beagle named Regal Beagle, in addition to being very fond of another Chihuahua named Stella.

       He is survived by his father Jimmy, mother Marie, and brother Adam. Services were held at Smith and Williams Kempsville in Virginia Beach. Alex was laid to rest in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of James Alexander "Alex" Ratté. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.