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 alumni@mma.edu.

  • Mark Allen ’71

    Deceased date: April 11, 2008
    Mark Allen, 59, husband of Kathleen (Davis) Allen, died April 11, 2008, at a Florida hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1948, in Dover-Foxcroft, and was raised by his grandparents, Howard and Anna (Platt) Allen. Mark graduated from Foxcroft Academy, Class of…read more
  • John B. Frisbee ’80

    Deceased date: October 6, 2007
    KITTERY POINT, ME - John Byron Frisbee, 50, of Pepperrell Road, died Saturday, October 6, 2007, at York Hospital.  He was born June 15, 1957 in Portsmouth NH,…read more
  • Donald G. Quaintance ’65

    Deceased date: January 21, 2007
    Donald G. Quaintance, 63, Kissimmee, died Sunday, January 21, 2007.  …read more
  • Cmdr. Richard A. Groder ’58

    Deceased date: October 10, 2006
    Richard A. "Dick" Groder, 69, departed on eternal patrol, Oct. 10, 2006. Cmdr. Groder graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, the U.S. Naval Submarine School and the SSBN Weapons School. During 1968, he was a member of the commissioning crew of the USS Uly…read more
  • Paul R. Sundman ’72

    Deceased date: August 25, 2006
    P. Roger Sundman, 57, of 109 Murray Lane, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Claudia Sundman of the home; his mother, Gabrielle Sundman of Port Orange, Fla.; one brother, Robert Sundman of Stonington, Conn.; and one sist…read more
  • Douglas E. Birt ’72

    Deceased date: August 7, 2006
    Douglas 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. ’65

    Deceased date: March 31, 2006
    Charles 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
  • Randal C. Newton ’80

    Deceased date: September 28, 2004
    FAIRFIELD, ME - Randal C. Newton died on September 28, 2004 at Inland Hospital in Waterville, ME.  He was born on June 25, 1957 in Portland, the son of Carlton and Beverly …read more
  • Richard M. Mayo ’72

    Deceased date: July 17, 2004
    WATERVILLE - 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
  • William C. Barry ’80

    Deceased date: October 5, 2003
    WELLS, ME - William C. Barry of Blackberry Lane, Wells passed away Oct. 5, 2003 after a brief but extremely well-fought battle against cancer.
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