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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter A. Pasquine, Jr. ’69Deceased date: August 4, 2012Peter A. Pasquine Jr., 67, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, surrounded by his family at his home. He was born June 13, 1945, in Millinocket, the son of Peter A. and Geraldine E. (Healey) Pasquine. Peter grew up in Millinocket and was a graduate of Stearns Hi…read more
Robert E. Walsh ’60Deceased date: July 26, 2012HARPSWELL - Ret. Lt. of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Robert E. Walsh, 72, of Mountain Road, died Thursday, July 26, 2012 at his home. He was born …read more
Cheever J. Lyden ’44Deceased date: July 16, 2012
PORTLAND -- Dr. Cheever J. Lyden, 90, of Berkeley Street, died on Monday, July 16, 2012, surrounded by his wife and loving family at the Monarch Center in Saco, after a short illness.
Cheever was bor…read more
Arthur Goss ’77Deceased date: July 4, 2012Arthur J Goss passed away at his camp in Maine unexpectedly June 4, 2012 at the age of 56. Long time resident of South Berwick Maine, he had recently moved to Naples Florida. Arthur graduated Maine Maritime Academy class of 1977. He last sailed aboard …read more
James Merrill Parker Canfield ’82Deceased date: June 20, 2012
Beloved father, husband, and son, 52
James Canfield of Scotch Plains, NJ, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Wednesday June 20, 2012.
Relatives and f…read more
Thomas R. Perkins Jr. ’96Deceased date: May 3, 2012Key Largo, FL - Thomas R. Perkins, Jr. (Tommy) age 58, died on Wednesday, May 30th at his home in Key Largo, Florida. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28, 1953. He grew up in Rhinebeck, NY and Hyde Park, NY, graduating in 1971 from Our Lady…read more
Andrew Martin ’75Deceased date: April 22, 2012
ROCKLAND — Andrew “Andy” Martin, 59, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, surrounded by his family at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Andy grew up on the "farm" on the Martin Road, known today as Fin…read more
Cmdr. Herbert K. Ellingwood ’44Deceased date: April 1, 2012Herb Ellingwood, of Satellite Beach, passed away on April 1, 2012. He was born May 8, 1924, in Rockland, Maine, to the late Dr. William and Ruth Ellingwood. Herb was a veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He retired from a career in commercial banking as…read more
Robert R. Gardenier ’53Deceased date: March 18, 2012
Robert R. Gardenier, 79, who retired from Naval Sea Systems Command in 1985 at the rank of captain, died March 18 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.
The death was confirmed by his daught…read more
Miles R. Sawyer ’43-2Deceased date: March 4, 2012PINELLAS PARK – Miles R. Sawyer, age 92, of Seminole, FL, (formerly of Rockland, Maine), passed away on March 4, 2012, in Pinellas Park, FL. Born June 14, 1919 in Rockland, Maine; attended Maine Maritime Academy, class of 1943-2; officer in the Merchan…read more