Nick Hardwick Obituary, Death Cause – Our staff at the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office has lost a tremendously valuable member. Announcement of Death in a Formal Setting The Administrator of the Penobscot County Prison
Captain Nick Hardwick I am writing to inform you of the passing of Captain Nick Hardwick, who served as the Administrator of the Penobscot County Prison. It is with a heavy heart that I do so. In March of 2001, Captain Hardwick started working for the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer on a part-time basis.
Two years later, in April of 2002, he was promoted to a full-time position with the agency. Nick’s commitment and enthusiasm to create a positive impact on our workplace remained consistent throughout his whole professional life. In July of 2010, he was given the rank of Corporal, and in February of 2018, he was advanced to the level of Sergeant.
As he advanced through the company’s hierarchy, his already wide experience and skill set continued to expand. In February of 2019, Nick was given the rank of Lieutenant, and in May of 2022, he was ultimately elevated to the position of Prison Administrator.
The contagious laugh and compassionate attitude of Captain Hardwick had a significant impact not only on those with whom he worked but also on the inmate population and the residents with whom he interacted. Nicholas provided an outstanding amount of service to the Sheriff’s Office, and in addition to that, he worked as a reserve police officer for the Town of Southwest Harbor.
Despite the significance of Nick’s dedication to his country, there was nothing that could compare to the love he had for his family. Nick passed suddenly while he was on vacation with his family when he unexpectedly went away.
More information is currently being compiled and will be made available at a later time. During this difficult time, we ask that everyone be considerate of Nick’s family and their need for privacy. It is not yet known when funeral preparations will be made public, however it is anticipated that this will occur early the next week.
Troy Morton, the Sheriff
John Knappe, Senior Deputy Chief