Patto’s tragic passing
AN award- winning Townsville builder has been remembered as a larrikin, daredevil and loving family man after succumbing to a battle with cancer.
Andrew James Patteson was just 51 when he died on October 23, but the father of two lived his years to the fullest and touched many people along the way.
Andrew Patteson Homes has won many industry awards including the Master Builders State Winner for Excellence in Design for Queensland Climate and twice claiming the Master Builders Trevor Mustey award for Quality Workmanship.
Before his passing Mr Patteson said “the thing I love most about being a builder is establishing a long- term friendship with the people we build homes for”.
His sons Daniel and Bradley said they were incredibly proud of their father’s impact on many people’s lives, whether it be someone whose dream home he built, one of the many apprentices he mentored, or anyone fortunate enough to know “Patto”.
More than 3000 people attended Mr Patteson’s funeral on October 30 with a strong contingent from the local trades sector.
Carmel Patteson said outside work her son was a loveable larrikin with a terrific sense of adventure.
“He was a daredevil,” Mrs Patteson said.
“If there was a challenge, Andrew was up for it.
“He fell in love with sky diving at age 30 and had made over 500 jumps.”
As the son of a RAAF man, Mr Patteson moved around a lot as a child before setting in Townsville.
He left school in 1982 and took up work on a fishing trawler before getting started in the building industry.
He would go on to marry his old fishing trawler captain’s daughter, Yvonny Tozer, in 1988 and the pair had two sons before separating in 2014.
In more recent years Mr Patteson fell for his partner Samantha Robertson and welcomed grandson Hudson into the world.
Mr Patteson suffered melanoma and after the cancer spread to his brain he had an 11- month battle before passing.
His son Bradley encouraged everyone, particularly those working in trades under the hot North Queensland sun, to be sun- safe and get regular skin checks.