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.

  • David F. Robbins ’87

    Deceased date: December 15, 2016
    David Fletcher Robbins, beloved son of Frederick and Beverly Robbins, began his life on June 19, 1962, in Concord, NH and suddenly passed to a better world on Dec. 15, 2016. Since 1966 Gardiner was his home and he did not really have the true heart to …read more
  • Christopher C. Blanchard ’92

    Deceased date: November 27, 2016
    Christopher C. Blanchard, 47, of Wallingford, loving husband of Suzanne R. (Kaliscak) Blanchard, passed away, unexpectedly, Sunday, November 27, 2016 at…read more
  • Howard B. Finley ’43-2

    Deceased date: November 20, 2016
    Howard B. Finley, age 94, of Jefferson Hills, passed away on November 20, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Mary S. Finley; father of Howard B. Finley III and Anne Marie Donahue; grandfather of Ann and Karen Finley and Stephanie, Mary Kathryn and Billy Do…read more
  • Richard R. Keimig ’62

    Deceased date: November 18, 2016
    Rick was born in Middle Village New York on March 31, 1940. He went to St. John's High School. He graduated from MMA with a 3rd assistant license with the class of 1962, the last 3 year class at MMAread more
  • Robert O. Donnell, Jr. ’68

    Deceased date: November 10, 2016
    YORK, Maine - Robert O. Donnell, Jr., of York, Maine, died Thursday, November 10, 2016, at York Hospital. He was born in York on November 17, 1943, of parents Robert O. Donnell, Sr., and Winnifred MacIntire Donnell. He graduated from York High School and …read more
  • Joseph W. Emerson ’44

    Deceased date: October 21, 2016
    Joseph. W. Emerson, Sr., 92, of Loon Cove Lane, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. He was born in Island Falls on June 25, 1924, the son of Raymond L. and Doris (Pride) Emerson. He attended Maine Maritime Academy then served his country during WW II as a Merc…read more
  • Peter D. Jordan ’71

    Deceased date: October 15, 2016
    WINDHAM - Peter D. Jordan, 67, of Windham, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. He was born Nov. 23, 1948. The son of Robert and Priscilla (Roberts) Jordan, he grew up in Mexico, Maine, and graduated from Mexico High School in 1967. In 1971, Peter grad…read more
  • James L. Harding ’65

    Deceased date: October 13, 2016
    STRATTON - James Lewis Harding, "Jim," 73, of Stratton, died Sunday morning, Oct. 9, 2016, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. He was born Nov. 29, 1942, in Skowhegan, the son of Kenneth and Ida (Padham) Harding. He was a graduate of Madison H…read more
  • Donald D. Rosenberg ’50

    Deceased date: September 25, 2016
    Lieutenant Commander Donald D. Rosenberg (RET.) passed away Sept. 25, 2016 with his family by his side. He was a true patriot, a gentleman and a man who loved many things and was loved by many. Those who knew and loved him are the richer for it. He will b…read more
  • James L. Booze ’82

    Deceased date: September 19, 2016
    James “Jay” Booze, 56, of Annapolis, MD passed away September 19, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1601 P…read more