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.
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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 email@example.com.
Jeffrey A. Murdy ’77Deceased date: January 12, 2022Jeffrey Murdy of Brewer, Maine, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2022, surrounded by his close family and fiancé. He was born in Newburyport, MA, on September 10, 1954, to the late Dr. Francis A. Murdy and Marjorie Jean Batemen Murdy. Jeff was a 19…read more
Capt. Harris E. Tucker ’56Deceased date: January 10, 2022GOULDSBORO - Captain Harris E. Tucker, 87, of Gouldsboro, passed away on January 10, 2022. Harris was a proud graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and his life as a Merchant Marine. He took great pride in being a Captain and traveling the world along with…read more
Dennis J. Roach ’65Deceased date: January 9, 2022Dennis John Roach, age 78, The Woodlands, Texas, passed away on January 9, 2022 after a long illness. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann Roach, and father-in-law Henry Guynes. Survived by Cathy Roach,…read more
Cmdr. Theodore W. Manduca USN(Ret.) ’52Deceased date: December 31, 2021Theodore William Manduca, 90, of Old Orchard Beach died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, December 31, 2021, at his residence, following a lengthy illness and a period of declining health. Ted was born in Biddeford on April 23, 1931, son of S. Theodor…read more
Capt. George M. Johnson ’52Deceased date: December 20, 2021Captain George Marshall Johnson, USN, Ret. of Bailey Island, passed away on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 at the age of 90. George died peacefully with his children by his side. George was born in Brunswick on Feb. 16, 1931. He and his family lived on Bailey I…read more
Kevin P. Mitchell ’97Deceased date: December 17, 2021LEWISTON – Kevin P. Mitchell, 64, of Greene died on Dec. 17, 2021, at Central Maine Medical Center after a courageous battle with COVID, in spite of being fully vaccinated and boostered. He was born on Nov. 22, 1957, and grew up in Oxford, Massachuse…read more
David H. O’Donnell ’62Deceased date: December 15, 2021David H. O’Donnell passed unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, at the age of 80. …read more
David G. Gordius ’69Deceased date: December 8, 2021David G. Gordius passed on Dec. 8, 2021. He was born on Sept. 15, 1947. He lived in St. Petersburg, Fla. He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering. He was a Disabled American Veteran and veteran…read more
Elmer W. Perkins ’45Deceased date: December 2, 2021Elmer W. Perkins, Jr, age 95, of St. Petersburg, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on December 2, 2021. He was born and raised in Maine. He attended Maine Maritime Academy and graduated in 1945. Elmer then married the love of his life, K…read more
John W. Alley ’73Deceased date: November 18, 2021John W. Alley, 70, passed away at home Thursday, November 18, 2021, with his loving wife and daughter by his side. He was born May 17, 1951, in Jonesport, Maine, to Ernestine (Bryant) and Leo Alley. John married his high school sweetheart, Laura (Pratt) i…read more