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

  • Capt. Daniel F. MacKinnon ’68

    Deceased date: November 14, 2023
    Captain Daniel Finley MacKinnon VIII passed away on November 14, 2023 at PAM Medical Center in Hammond, LA due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. In the days preceding his death, Dad was surrounded by friends and family from all around the count…read more
  • Peyton A. Brewer-Ross ’22

    Deceased date: October 25, 2023
    LEWISTON – Peyton Abbott Brewer-Ross passed away on Oct. 25, 2023 in Lewiston. Peyton was born on Jan. 31, 1983 in Farmington, to Ralph Stephen (Steve) Brewer and Irene (Renie) (Ross) Lowell. Peyton graduated from Westbrook High School in 2001 where …read more
  • Thomas W. Kelly III ’59

    Deceased date: October 23, 2023
    Holden - For 86 years Thomas Walter Kelly III, of Holden, ME, made our world a better place. He was devoted to his wife, love for his friends and family, patriotism to his country and dedication to his community. On October 23, 2023, he passed on to make …read more
  • Paul E. Penley ’56

    Deceased date: October 5, 2023

    Paul Eugene Penley passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2023. He was born in Lewiston, ME on August 30, 1935, the son of the late Clarence E. and Ethelyn (Odell) Penley. Paul graduate…read more

  • Jon J. Fortier ’86

    Deceased date: September 30, 2023
    Jon Fortier, 59, passed away on Sept. 30, 2023, after a three-year battle with cancer. His final weeks were under the excellent care of the team at Maine General Hospital Augusta and hospice. He spent his last days in the home of some dear friends where h…read more
  • Harry R. Fullerton ’71

    Deceased date: September 22, 2023
    Harry Robert Fullerton,75, died Friday, September 22, 2023 at the Gosnell House surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, Sue Fullerton; children: Mark and wife Sara Fullerton, Mike Fullerton and wife Sarah Swan, Kimberly and husband Brandon Wa…read more
  • Heinrich W. Bracker ’55

    Deceased date: September 22, 2023
    LCDR Heinrich "Captain Hank" Bracker, 89, of Holiday, Florida, died Sept. 22, 2023. Survivors wife, Ursula; sons, Richard, Heinrich; two grands; one great great-grand.…read more
  • Capt. Kevin P. Eley ’81

    Deceased date: September 4, 2023
    Captain Kevin Peek Eley passed away on September 4, 2023, at the age of 64.  Kevin was the son of Virginia von Schilling Eley and Claud Erambert Eley, Jr. He leaves his loving wife of 31 years, Sue Manley Eley; his beloved sons George, Will and Henry; hi…read more
  • Steven M. Wilson ’81

    Deceased date: July 30, 2023
    Steven Wilson of Canton, formerly of Sharon, passed away suddenly surrounded by his loving family on July 30, 2023 at the age of 63. He was the son of Audrey and the late Charles Wilson, husband of Robbin Wilson, father of Michael Wilson, Rebekah Ryan an…read more
  • William R. Fleming ’56

    Deceased date: July 27, 2023
    Homosassa, FL, and Exeter - William Fleming "Bill," passed in Homosassa, Florida, on July 27, 2023, after complications from a fall. He was born August 8, 1934, to Margureite and Fred Fleming. He graduated from Ba…read more