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.
Douglas E. Birt ’72Deceased date: August 7, 2006Douglas Edward Birt, 56, died peacefully Aug. 7, 2006, with his loving family at his side, at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y. He was born April 22, 1950, in Bangor, the son of Walter A. and Dorothy (Larlee) Birt. Douglas grew up in East …read more
Charles F. Ramsey, Jr. ’65Deceased date: March 31, 2006Charles Franklin Ramsey Jr., 62, of Sand Beach Road, died at his home March 31, 2006. Born in Portland, he was a son of Charles F. Ramsey Sr. and Elizabeth S. Burns Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey was a 1961 graduate of South Portland High School and a 1965 graduat…read more
Richard M. Mayo ’72Deceased date: July 17, 2004WATERVILLE - Richard "Dick" Maurice Mayo, 54, of Waterville passed away Saturday, July 17, 2004, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Dick was born Oct. 26, 1949, in Waterville, the son of Maurice and Irene (Rodrigue) Mayo. Dick attended Sacred Heart Grammar S…read more