Eight Bells

The practice of using bells stems from the days of the sailing ships. Sailors couldn't afford to have their own time pieces and relied on the ship's bells to tell time. The ship's boy kept time by using a half-hour glass. Each time the sand ran out, he would turn the glass over and ring the appropriate number of bells. Each ship “watch” is four hours, or eight bells, in length.

The tradition of Eight Bells pays respect to deceased mariners and signifies that a sailor's “watch” is over.

  • Michael J. Joyce ’78

    Deceased date: August 10, 2017
    INVERNESS, Fla. - Michael Joseph Joyce, 62, of Inverness Fla,. passed away on Aug. 10, 2017, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his loving wife Dian and family. Michael was born on Oct.15, 1954, in Portland. He was the son …read more
  • John B. Halley ’57

    Deceased date: July 12, 2017
    John "Jack" Halley, 81, of Millinocket, Maine, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln, Maine. Jack was born in Millinocket on May 4, 1936, to Richard and Marie Halley. In addition to his parents, Jack w…read more
  • Lester C. Wood ’57

    Deceased date: July 11, 2017
    Lester Clayton Wood, 80, of Winthrop, died Tuesday July 11, 2017, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. He was the only child of Emerald Jake Wood and Mary Elizabeth Yeaton Wood, born in Winthrop Oct. 5, 1936. He was educated in the Winthrop Schoo…read more
  • Clifford E. Harper ’51

    Deceased date: June 28, 2017
    WARREN, MAINE — Clifford E. Harper, 87, died Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland. Born in Rockland, May 23, 1930, he was the son of Frank R. and Evelyn Knight Harper. While gro…read more
  • Peter M. Thibeau ’66

    Deceased date: June 22, 2017
    NEW LONDON, CONN. - Peter M. Thibeau, beloved husband of Gail Thibeau, 75 of Niantic, CT, died surrounded by his family on June 18, 2017, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital after a long battle with heart disease and other medical ailments. He was born…read more
  • Richard M. Newbegin ’66

    Deceased date: June 6, 2017
    He was an engineer from the Class of 1966. He was born July 31, 1944, and died June 6, 2017 of natural causes at his home in Bucksport, Maine. Services will be private.…read more
  • Peter A. Scontras ’50

    Deceased date: June 4, 2017
    Peter Andrew Scontras, of Kittery, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. Peter was born August 13, 1928 in Buffalo, New York to Andrew and Koula (Diakakis) Scontras. He grew up in Old Orchard Beach, Ma…read more
  • Peter C. Robinson ’66

    Deceased date: May 30, 2017
    Peter Cameron Robinson, on May 24, 2017, of Ma…read more
  • Charles W. Cy, Jr. ’47

    Deceased date: May 17, 2017
    Charles W. Cyr Jr. ("Charlie"), of Topsham, Maine, was born in Augusta, on May 24, 1927. He passed away on May 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Charles W. and Sara K. Cyr. He graduated from St. Mary's parochial school and C…read more
  • Timothy H. Bernard ’52

    Deceased date: May 9, 2017
    SOUTH HARPSWELL - Timothy Howard Bernard, 85, of South Harpswell, died May 9th, 2017 at Hill House in Bath. He was born May 18th, 1931 in Lewiston, ME, the son of Harold and Annie (O'Leary) Bernard of South Harpswell. Timothy attended Edward Little Hig…read more