Earle (“Nick”) Cameron Pendleton, 54, died peacefully March 2, 2010. Nick was born April 25, 1955, in Belfast, the son of Elden and Ardern (Mace) Pendleton.

Nick was educated in the Searsport District Schools. He attended American University and Ricker College and later enlisted in the Air Force, where he worked as a supply specialist at bases in California and Turkey. Nick took great pride in his job in the Air Force and was known to be a stickler for details and numbers.

After his discharge from the Air Force, he continued his studies at Hunter College in New York City and drove a taxi in Manhattan at night to support himself. He worked for years in the Boston-area nonprofit sector and was employed by the Red Cross of Boston as a blood drive coordinator. He was very active with veterans groups in the Greater Boston area, managing the Veterans Outreach Center in Framingham, Mass.

Nick was an ardent sports fan and was never too far from a Red Sox, Celtics, or Patriots game, either in person or watching on his high-def widescreen. He loved to surprise his extended family with tickets for games, especially to the Red Sox and Celtics games.

His extensive and complicated health issues motivated a move to the drier location of Las Cruces, N.M. He bought a home and very much enjoyed his time there, often taking long sightseeing drives out into the desert or taking in the New Mexico State basketball games.

Nick is survived by his mother, Ardern Pendleton; a brother, Don, and his wife, Anne; and his beloved nieces and nephews, Megan, Brett, Michael and Kristen.

He was predeceased by his father, Elden, in 1992 and a younger brother, Michael, in 2004.

Nick’s family would like to thank the VA organizations of Massachusetts and New Mexico for all of their support and assistance provided to Nick throughout the years.

At his request, services will be private and his ashes will be spread on Penobscot Bay off Searsport at a family gathering this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions on Nick’s behalf may be made to a charitable organization of choice. He will be missed by all and remembered for his kind heart, quick wit, sense of humor and his contagious laugh.

Arrangements are with the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, Westwood, Mass.