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.

  • Sean C. Ritchie ’03

    Deceased date: May 31, 2018
    Sean Ritchie, 43, died May 31, 2018. He was born on June 3, 1974. From a young age, Sean had a love of adventure and the ocean. He formerly lived in Meredith and graduated from Inter-Lakes H.S. and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he traveled the world on…read more
  • Mark P. Alford ’67

    Deceased date: May 26, 2018
    Mark Powers Alford died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 26, 2018 following a battle with cancer. Mark was born on July 10, 1945 in Southampton, NY, the son of Frank and Mary Alford. He graduated from Southampton High School, class of…read more
  • Barry W. Hamilton ’57

    Deceased date: May 21, 2018
    Barry Warren Hamilton, 83, passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving wife on May 21, 2018. The son of Warren and Martha Hamilton, Barry was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Portland, and was raised in Falmouth. Barry graduate…read more
  • Capt. Milton E. Hall, Jr. ’58

    Deceased date: May 9, 2018
    Milton E. Hall Jr., 81 of Bowen Road in Kittery died on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover with his family by his side. Born in Portsmouth Hospital on March 23, 1937 he was a son of the late Milton Sr. and Flora (Weeks) Hall an…read more
  • Capt. Richard G. Spear ’43-2

    Deceased date: May 3, 2018
    Captain Richard "Dick" Spear, 96, died with his daughter at his side, Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Sussman House in Rockport. Captain Spear led a full and interesting life that included over 60 years in the Maritime field. At age 17, he was given a ye…read more
  • Thomas W. Trundy ’96

    Deceased date: April 6, 2018
    Thomas W. Trundy, 53, died unexpectedly at his home in Houston, Texas, Friday, April 6. He was born in Bangor on March 7, 1965, to David and Betsy Nichols Trundy. He graduated from Mt. Blue High School in 1983 and went on to Maine Maritime Academy, where …read more
  • Lance J. Anderson ’71

    Deceased date: March 20, 2018
    Lance John Anderson, 71, of Winslow, Maine, passed away on March 20, 2018, in Powell, Tenn., with his wife and children by his side. Lance was on vacation with his wife, when he succumbed to pneumonia due to respiratory ailments that had been challenging …read more
  • Capt. Richard P. Dallaire ’51

    Deceased date: March 13, 2018
    Captain Richard Paul Dallaire, USN (Ret), 87, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away March 13, 2018. Born April 12, 1930, in Rochester, New Hampshire, he was the son of Wilfred and Gladys (Marchand) Dallaire. He graduated from Spaulding High School, Class …read more
  • Robert E. Moody ’68

    Deceased date: March 4, 2018
    Robert Earl Moody, 71, of Gadsden, Alabama passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018. Bob was born in Camden, Maine on September 18, 1946. He graduated from Camden High School where he played trumpet in the band and won the Junior class speech medal. He attend…read more
  • Thomas B. Porter ’69

    Deceased date: March 4, 2018
    Thomas B. Porter, 74, of 97 Bog Road, passed away, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in York Hospital. He was born January 12, 1944 in Morristown, N.J., a son of the late Charles C. and Dorothy (Burton) Porter. He attended New York Military Academy (with President…read more