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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norman A. Lewis ’67Deceased date: November 30, 2022
Norman Lewis, 78, of Old Orchard Beach, passed away on November 30, 2022 at his home. Norman was born on November 4, 1944 in Port…read more
Bernard E. Pratt ’71Deceased date: November 24, 2022Bernard Pratt passed away on November 24, 2022 in Morrill, Maine. In his own words: I, Bernard (Ben, Bennie) Pratt, am writing this obituary during the pandemic of 2020-2021, and updating it afterward to convey my thoughts and feelings at this time of my…read more
Charles E. Jerrier ’90Deceased date: November 6, 2022
Charles E. Jerrier Jr., known as "Charlie" and "CJ", of Milton, Conn. and Oakland Park, Florida, passed on Sunday, November 6, 20…read more
Capt. John W. Fairbanks ’52Deceased date: October 30, 2022On Sunday October 30, 2022, Capt. John Fairbanks, USN (ret.) peacefully passed away at the age of 90 while surrounded by family. John was born on November 21, 1931, and was raised in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy (M…read more
Wayne M. Soucy ’78Deceased date: October 25, 2022Wayne M. Soucy, 66, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Frisbie, Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. Born on February 13, 1956, in Rochester, NH, he was the son of Leo L. Soucy and Lillian (Dodier) Soucy. Wayne graduated from Noble H…read more
Capt. Charles W. O’Reilly USN(Ret.) ’53Deceased date: October 22, 2022Captain Charles W. “Chuck” O’Reilly died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on October 22, 2022. He was b…read more
Albert P. Levesque ’67Deceased date: October 18, 2022Albert Philip Levesque passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 18, 2022, age 77 of Cherry Hill, NJ, born and raised in Waterville, ME. Beloved husband of Pauline Levesque (nee Andersen). Dear father of Peter, Christopher (Silvan…read more
Michael A. Curran ’69Deceased date: October 7, 2022Michael "Mike" Andrew Curran, 75, passed away on October 7, 2022, in Bangor, ME after a brief battle with cancer. Michael was born September 27, 1947, in Bangor to the late Richard H. Curran and Elnora E. (Bickford) Curran Kingsbury. The eldest of eight …read more
Thomas S. Wranosky ’88Deceased date: October 7, 2022On October 7, 2022, Thomas (Tom) Wranosky, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 56. He was born in Oconto Falls, Wis., on July 20, 1966, to Robert and Beverly Wranosky. After moving to Maine in 1981, Tom graduated from Winslow High School in 1984 and we…read more
Capt. William F. Brennan ’43-2Deceased date: September 28, 2022Falmouth - William Francis Brennan, CDR, USN (Ret), passed away peacefully in the spiritual embrace of his family on September 28, 2022, after a long and full life. Bill, known by many as Captain "B," is the eldest of William and Mabel Brennan's four sons…read more