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.
Tim Woodward ’85Deceased date: May 3, 2014SACO -- Timothy F. Woodward, 51, of Saco, passed away in Lucerne, Calif., on May 3, 2014. He was born in Peterborough, N.H., on Feb. 13, 1963, the son of Lawrence and Beverly Woodward. Tim graduated from Thornton Academy, clas…read more
Gerald A. Cummings ’50Deceased date: April 30, 2014
Captain Gerald Arthur Cummings 84 years old of Mariaville,Maine passed away peacefully after long illness on April 30, 2014 at Courtland Rehab and Living Center of Ellsworth,Maine.
Gerald was born on…read more
William E. Abbott ’45Deceased date: April 21, 2014
BELFAST - William E. Abbott, 91, of Belfast, died at his residence Monday April 21, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1922, on Verona Island, to Carrie Justina (Burgess) and Merle Clifton Abbott. Bill at…read more
Lawrence M. Theriault ’53Deceased date: April 6, 2014
Lawrence M. Theriault, 81, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on April 6, 2014. He was born in Millinocket, Maine, son of the late Lionel and Helen Theriault. He was a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy a…read more
David H. Williams ’61Deceased date: March 24, 2014David Henry Williams, 74, of Inverness, Florida passed away March 24, 2014 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. He was born on March 8, 1940 in Norfolk, VA to the late Roger Hargreaves and Lois Evelyn (Hawes) Williams. …read more
George G. Martin, Jr. ’50Deceased date: March 14, 2014George G. Martin Jr. died on March 14, 2014. He was 85. George was born in Auburn, Me., and attended Auburn schools. He graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1950, at which time he was called into the Navy as an ensign, then lieutenant junior grad…read more
Terry R. Parker ’64Deceased date: February 25, 2014Captain Terry R. Parker, 71, Lady Lake, FL died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, He was the son of the late Lunnie H. & Florence Richardson Parker. He grew up and lived in the family hom…read more
David J. Billings ’60Deceased date: February 21, 2014
KENNEBUNKPORT -- LtCdr. David J. Billings, USN, Ret., 75, lovingly referred to as the Grand Poobah by his family and a resident of the Mills Road in Cape Porpoise, died on Feb. 21, 2014, at the Maine Medical Center in Portland af…read more
Harry M. Reid Jr. ’62Deceased date: February 21, 2014
LEWISTON: Harry M. Reid, Jr. passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday afternoon, February 21, 2014. He was born in Lewiston at Central Maine Medical Center on July 4, 1938 a son of the late Dr. Harry M. Reid, Sr.…read more
Francis W. Gerow ’53Deceased date: February 21, 2014Francis W. Gerow, 81, of Springfield, Va., passed on to his final command station on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, after going into cardiac arrest. He was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Pittsfield, Maine, to William (from Canada) and Louise …read more