Mr. Pendergast had spent his whole life fishing. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Catherine Pendergast, and nine children: John F. Jr., William P., James, and Robert Pendergast; Mrs. Thomas Muldoon; and Misses Catherine and Janet P. Pendergast, all of the New Bedford area; Mrs. Thomas Boucher of North Dakota; and Mrs. George Quigley of Boston.
James Pendergast was lost at sea during a storm in early November 1966. The Terra Nova was fishing on Georges Bank when the ship rolled. A wave washed Mr. Pendergast overboard. The crew threw him a life ring, but they could not see him in the dark.