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.
William J. Manduca ’59Deceased date: June 13, 2014William J. Manduca, 76, of Perry Drive, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. He was born on March 14, 1938, in Biddeford, the son of S. Theodore and Mary (Hoctor)…read more
Edmond J. Beaulieu ’45Deceased date: May 23, 2014PORTLAND -- Edmond J. Beaulieu passed peacefully on May 23, 2014, with his family at his side in Portland. He was born in Portland, the son of Edmond Sr. and Amelia (Boutin) on Nov. 1, 1925. He graduated from Deering High School and Maine Maritime Academ…read more
Philip E. Thibodeau ’65Deceased date: May 23, 2014Phippsburg - Philip E. Thibodeau Jr., age 70, formerly of Rumford, passed away on May 23, 2014 at Androscoggin Hospice in Auburn, with his children …read more
Timothy Holmes ’65Deceased date: May 8, 2014
Tenants Harbor — Timothy A. Holmes, 70, died unexpectedly, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta.
Born in Berlin, N.H., May 23, 1943, he was the son of Arnold F. and Jea…read more
Gilbert Hall ’50Deceased date: May 5, 2014
CAMDEN — Capt. Gilbert E. Hall, 85, passed away Tuesday May 5, 2014, at Anderson Inn surrounded by his family.
Born in East Searsmont, Gil was the son of Fredrick and Christina (Marriner) Hall. At…read more
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