Patto’s tragic pass­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SAM BIDEY

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.

MISSED GREATLY: Award- win­ning builder An­drew ‘ Patto’ Pat­te­son flanked by his sons Bradley and Daniel.

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