The former Blues coach placed the tribute in Monday’s Herald Sun.
"We love you so much and we will miss you forever. You will be with us every minute of every day,” the 255-game champion wrote.
"You had so much potential and ability in the things you set your mind to. You have been taken way too soon and we will miss your smile, your laugh and all your cheekiness.
"These memories will last forever. I wish I could kiss you, hug you and hold you tight. I love you, my son. We love you so much always and forever."
Earlier on Triple M
The son of Hawthorn assistant coach Brett Ratten has died in a car crash in Yarra Glen early this morning.
16 year old Cooper Ratten was on his way home from a function at the Yarra Glen Football Club on Saturday night when the car he was riding in veered off Glenview Road and rolled.
Ratten - who was sitting in the rear passenger seat - sustained life threatening injuries and died on route to hospital.
The Hawthorn Football Club released a statement on the incident this morning on the behalf of Brett Ratten.
"Cooper, who was a rear passenger in the vehicle, received life-threatening injuries and died enroute to the hospital,” the statement said.
“The club asks that media respect Brett’s and the family’s privacy at this tragic time.”
The Carlton Football Club also released a statement for their former coach.
"The thoughts and prayers of all connected with the Club are with the Ratten family, friends and the Yarra Glen football community at this extremely difficult time."
"Carlton joins Hawthorn Football Club in asking that the Ratten family's privacy be respected."
A 17 year old who was in the front passenger seat was taken to hospital with minor injuries while the driver of the vehicle is at Maroondah Hospital under police custody.