He was also a successful politician and, like his Bougainvillea counterpart, Carolus Ketsimur, who died on Sunday, was still serving at the time of his death.
Patteson Mae began his career as a broadcaster with the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation in the late 1970s. He went on to become General Manager of the organisation and also worked energetically to enhance the Pacific Islands News Association, of which he became president, and other regional media bodies.
He retired from broadcasting to contest the elections in Central Province, winning the seat in 1993 and becoming Premier in 2010.
Patteson stepped down from the leadership role last year but remained as a provincial MP until his death.
As a broadcaster he had a uniquely rich and resonant voice that made him popular and closely followed whenever he was on air.
The funeral service was held near his home in Gela with about 500 people in attendance. The eulogy was presented by his eldest daughter, Patrina.