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.

Submissions for Eight Bells

If you learn of the passing of a MMA classmate, associate, friend or family member, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations so that we may include the information in our Eight Bells listings. Send obituaries or their digital links to alumni@mma.edu.

  • William Siemann ’64

    Deceased date: August 22, 2013
    BELFAST - William Siemann, 71, died at his residence on Aug. 22, 2013, doing what he loved doing the most; sitting on his couch watching the stock market on one TV and a movie on his other TV next to him. Billy was born on Oct. 30, 1941, to Frederick W…read more
  • Eric W. Peterson ’69

    Deceased date: August 21, 2013
    GRAYS RIVER — Eric W. Peterson, 66, of Grays River succumbed to colon cancer on Aug. 21, 2013. Born in Old Town, Maine on March 25, 1947, he was the son of Herman and Evelyn (Wyman) Peterson. He graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket, Maine a…read more
  • Roger “Trigger” Burke ’65

    Deceased date: July 27, 2013
    Roger K. Burke, known by his friends as Trigger, age 69, died suddenly Saturday, July 27, 2013 at home.

    Born in Boston, MA, Trigg…read more
  • Palmer B Pearson ’51

    Deceased date: June 21, 2013

    Searsport — On Friday, June 21, Palmer “Pete” B. Pearson passed away at age 84, surrounded by family at a Bangor hospital. Born Oct. 12, 1923, in Belfast, Pete exemplified the true Maine citizen his whole life. He graduate…read more

  • Carroll Freeman ’49

    Deceased date: June 15, 2013

    MILLINOCKET -- Carroll William Freeman, Jr., 85, died unexpectedly June 15,2013. He was born Jan. 2,1928 in Auburn, the son of Carroll William and Catherine (Normanly) Freeman. A 1946 graduate of Edward Little High School, Car…read more

  • Steven Sermos ’75

    Deceased date: June 14, 2013

    Steven Sermos age 60 years died in Alexander, Maine on Friday, June 14, 2013. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 14, 1952, he graduated from Chauncey Hall in Boston with the class of 1970. He went on to graduate from the…read more

  • Keith W. Kelsey ’88

    Deceased date: May 25, 2013
    Captain Keith W. Kelsey of Killingworth, formerly of Branford, passed away peacefully on May 25th surrounded by his family in CT Hospice. Keith was the loving and devoted husband of Alexis Marinucci Kelsey. He was born Dec. …read more
  • James T. Lay ’59

    Deceased date: April 18, 2013
    BLUE HILL – James T. Lay Jr. died April 28, 2013, in Blue Hill, after battling cancer and lupus. He was born July 31, 1946, in Washington, D.C., son of the late James T. Lay Sr. and Catherine (Nimitz) Lay. Lay graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in…read more
  • Robert C. Wallace ’51

    Deceased date: April 13, 2013

    Robert C. Wallace, 83 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Robert C. Wallace, 83, of E. Admiral Drive, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, April 13, 2013. He was the son of the late Oscar and Elizabeth Wallace. He was preceded in…read more

  • Fred McPheters ’45

    Deceased date: April 1, 2013

    BAR HARBOR – Fred McPheters, 87, husband of the late Millicent Marie (Stewart) McPheters, passed away April 1, 2013, at a local long-term care facility. He was born July 8, 1925, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, the son of Fred …read more