Eight Bells

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

The practice dates back to the days of the sailing ships, when 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.

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.

  • Dmitry N. Setrakov ’17

    Deceased date: January 11, 2021
    Dmitry Setrakov passed away on January 11th (the day of angels) at the age of 32. He was surrounded by family, and passed in a peaceful and painless way. He put up one he…read more
  • Capt. G. Douglas Ferguson ’62

    Deceased date: January 10, 2021
    On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, Captain Gordon Douglas Ferguson passed away at the age of 79. Doug Ferguson was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on Oct. 29, 1941 to his father, Gordon Samuel Ferguson, and his mother, Barbara Halcrow Ferguson, now deceased. His childhoo…read more
  • Robert J. Hill ’69

    Deceased date: January 1, 2021
    HAMPTON, N.H. – Robert J. Hill, 73, of Hampton, former longtime resident of Stratham, died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. He was born in Derby, Conn. on Sept. 21, 1947, a son of the late Toivo J. and Mary (Mawhinney) Hill. He was the second olde…read more
  • James E. Hayden, Sr. ’68

    Deceased date: December 27, 2020
    ISLESBORO — James Edward Hayden Sr. died Dec. 27, 2020, as a result of heart failure. Born in Rumford Aug. 31, 1946, he was the only son of the late Frederick G. Hayden and the late Althea (Brown) Hayden. James graduated in the class of 1964 from Mexic…read more
  • Richard F. Sullivan ’66

    Deceased date: December 25, 2020
    Richard F. Sullivan, age 76, husband of Jean (Allen) Sullivan, of Oaks, PA, passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020 at home. Born on August 1, 1944 in Portland, ME, and growing up on the Eastern Promenade of Portland, he was a son of the late Francis T. …read more
  • Lorimer J. Trafton ’43-2

    Deceased date: December 14, 2020

    GARDINER, MAINE—On Monday, December 14,2020, our dearly loved father and grandfather Doc Trafton, 96, passed away peacefully at his last home, the Balsam House, in Readfield, Maine. Doc was the first of three sons born to Lorimer …read more

  • Steven W. Edgecomb, Sr. ’69

    Deceased date: December 12, 2020
    Steven W. Edgecomb Sr., 73, passed away December 5, 2020. He was born July 24, 1947 in Bangor, Maine, the son of Walter and Mary (Ranney) Edgecomb. Steven graduated from Hermon High School class of 1965. He went on…read more
  • Harold F. Burr ’43-2

    Deceased date: December 4, 2020
    Harold F. Burr, 96, of Glastonbury, loving husband for 72 years of Evelyn (Doucett) Burr, passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital on Friday, December 4, 2020. Born on August 15, 1924 in Old Town, Maine and raised in Bangor, he was son of the late Haro…read more
  • John J. “Jack” Desilets ’66

    Deceased date: November 9, 2020
    The compassionate and giving soul of John J. "Jack" Desilets, 76, affectionately known as "Gentleman Jack," of Ormond Beach, Fla., and formerly of Keene, will be greatly missed with his sudden passing at his home in Ormond Beach on Nov. 9, 2020. His pa…read more
  • Charles L. Fales, Jr. ’54

    Deceased date: November 9, 2020
    It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Charles L. Fales, Jr’s. He passed peacefully on Nov. 9, 2020, in his sleep, while in the company of his loving son Thad. Charles was born on Jan. 31, 1932, in Farmington and res…read more