John Henry Patterson died on August 19 at his home in West Tisbury. He was 74.

He grew up on a dairy farm in Framingham, tinkering with machinery and helping his uncle. From an early age, he began working with his hands, taking apart and fixing anything he could find. His curiosity drove him to figure out the mechanisms of engines and how they work.

It was no surprise when John named his company Patterson Unlimited. His unlimited skills included solving mechanical, engineering and structural problems. A jack of all trades and master of many, he liked nothing more than diagnosing and fixing any sort of problem for his fellow man. He generously helped anyone in need of a solution: whether it be a strange car noise or a challenging relationship, he was always there to lend an ear.

John made a living in many businesses: as a master mechanic, welder, gas-fitter, auto body mechanic and more. He owned and operated Keystone Construction, built and restored the pondside housing complex on Duarte’s Pond and helped his wife in all aspects of her sign business.

At age 46, after easily working two lifetimes, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In his optimistic way, he searched for alternatives and tried many modalities, hoping to find a cure. Instead, he gained longevity. For 27 years, he lived as an inspiration with the disease, defying the odds and persevering with patience, kindness and strength.

John’s interests varied between go-karts, race cars (of which he built several), fighter planes, antique automobiles and anything with an engine. However, his truest passion revolved around Indian motorcycles. His beloved 1926 Indian Chief with sidecar was his favorite possession and he got to ride in it just a few days before he died. The close friends and family who witnessed this stellar event will always remember his arms in the air and the smile on his face as his friend Hap gave him his final ride.

He leaves behind his wife Melissa, daughters Michelle and Aly, his dedicated friends Mim and Scott, three grandchildren, three great- grandchildren and many other true friends and family members.

A celebration of his life will be held in early November.