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.
Donald J. Main ’83Deceased date: May 28, 2021Donald Joseph Main, 83 of Debary, passed away on May 21, 2021. He was born on January 20, 1938 in Peterborough, NH to parents Harley S. Main and Anna Ryan. Donald is survived by his wife, Myra Joan Main; children, Carol Vlahos, Steven Main, Kevin Main a…read more
Donald G. Gleason, Jr. ’71Deceased date: May 17, 2021Donald G. Gleason Jr., 72, of Simsbury, Conn., passed away Monday afternoon, May 17, 2021, in his home surrounded by family. Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Donald G. Gleason Sr. and Violette (Morin) Gleason. Donald was a graduate of Bishop Fenw…read more
Allen E. Rucker ’65Deceased date: May 15, 2021Allen was born on February 26th, 1943 in the coastal community of Jersey City, NJ, the son of the late Allen E Rucker Sr. and the late Lena Myers Rucker. Allen grew up in East Haddam, CT before receiving his formal education in Maine. He graduated from …read more
Robert W. Gascoigne ’46Deceased date: May 10, 2021Robert W. (Bob) Gascoigne passed away peacefully at his beloved farm in Edgecomb, ME, on May 10, 2021 surrounded by family members. He was 94 years old. Bob was born on May 19, 1926 in Rye, NY, to George and Myrtle Gascoigne. He was a graduate of the C…read more
Arthur S. Young ’73Deceased date: May 4, 2021Arthur S. Young, 69 of Corea, Maine passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon, May 4th 2021. Young was born in Sullivan, Maine on September 15th, 1951 to Vincent A. and Noelle Bernadette (Dubois) Young. He attended local schools, graduating from Sumner Mem…read more
Carl R. Morris ’54Deceased date: May 2, 2021Carl Roger Morris, 87, of Hermon, Maine, passed away at his home on May 2, 2021. Carl was born in Presque Isle, Maine, to Alphy Leroy Morris and Evelyn Knight Morris on December 2, 1933. Carl graduated from Presq…read more
Capt. Richard E. Graham ’61Deceased date: April 23, 2021Richard Edward Graham died on April 23, 2021, lovingly cared for in his home during his last month by his wife, children, and a grandson, from complications following treatment for lung cancer. He was 81. Dick was born on April 20, 1940, to Edward C. and…read more
Richard D. O’Leary ’54Deceased date: April 17, 2021Richard D. O’Leary, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife, Barbara, three daughters and three ste…read more
Donis R. Wheaton ’58Deceased date: April 12, 2021Donis “Don” R. Wheaton, 84, died after battling a long illness, on April 12, 2021, in Novato, Calif. A 50-year resident of Bridgton, Donis was born in 1935 in Patten, Maine. He graduated from Camden High School in 1955 and Maine Maritime Academy in…read more
Robert T. Newton ’04Deceased date: April 8, 2021Bob Newton, 74, of Boothbay, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 8, 2021. He was born in Hartford, Conn., the third of seven children, to Robert and Flora (Lawless) Newton. After graduating fro…read more