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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Bernard P. Fitzgerald ’75Deceased date: February 23, 2013NEWPORT NEWS - Bernie Fitzgerald, age 59, passed from this earth unexpectedly, Saturday morning, February 23, 2013. A Virginia resident for more than 16 years, his original home was in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his father, Bern…read more
Gordon E. Robbins ’46Deceased date: January 28, 2013TRENTON - Gordon E. Robbins passed away peacefully Jan. 28, 2013, with family by his side. He was born Oct. 5, 1926, in McKinley, to Jay and Georgia (Ray) Robbins. After graduating from Cony High School, Augusta, Gordon attended Maine Maritime Academy ea…read more
Robert L. Catell ’45Deceased date: January 19, 2013
YARMOUTH – Robert L. Catell, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Falmouth. Bob was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Bangor, to Charles V. and Frances Blake (Leonard) Catell.
Bob graduated from Bangor High Sc…read more
Henry “Sam” McMinn ’47Deceased date: January 7, 2013McMinn, Henry "Sam" Feb 10, 1927 - Jan 7, 2013 Age 85. Omaha. Preceded in death by parents, Lewis and Elizabeth (Fraser) McMinn; brother, Fraser McMinn; sisters, Imogene Bamford and Janice Patterson. Survived by wife of 60 yea…read more
Richard E. Castner ’52Deceased date: December 26, 2012BREWER - Richard E. Castner, 81, died Dec. 26, 2012, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born April 14, 1931, in Bangor, son of Earl Linwood and Gladys Ellen (Reed) Castner.Richard graduated from Bangor High …read more
William “Bill” Alley ’64Deceased date: December 12, 2012WATERVILLE - William L. Alley, 70, passed away on the afternoon of Dec. 12, 2012 at his residence, after an eight-year struggle with leukem…read more
Captain Michael T. Perry ’60Deceased date: November 11, 2012SALEM - On November 11, 2012, Mike Perry died peacefully at his home with his wife Robbi, twin sister Maureen Nickerson and beloved dog Freckles at his side. Mike was born on November 17, 1939 in Bangor, Maine, th…read more
Maurice Alpert ’50Deceased date: October 22, 2012
Maurice Alpert was self-made man who rose to the top, decided after many years of success he did not like the view and started a personal journey seeking something more fulfilling than the business world had to offer. Maurice wa…read more
Richard M. Jensen ’61Deceased date: September 17, 2012
Richard Morton Jensen, 72, of Cumberland, died on Sept. 17, 2012, at Maine Medical Center after four years of declining health.
He was born in Portland on Jan. 15, 1940, the son of Frederick and Chri…read more
Capt. Susan J. Clark ’85Deceased date: September 7, 2012CAPE ELIZABETH -- On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, Captain Susan J. Clark passed away after losing her battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and a group of wonderful, life-long friends who were always there fo…read more