Eight Bells

The tradition of Eight Bells pays respect to deceased mariners and signifies that a sailor’s “watch” is over.


    died December 29, 2021. Calder was executive director of the Boston Shipping Association, a former president of the Port of Boston, former first vice president of the Port of New Orleans, and a former president of the Port of Baltimore. He had been employed by United Fruit Co. for twenty-six years. Calder was a past president of the Maritime Club of Baltimore and the Boston Harbor Association and was a past vice president of the National Propeller Club. He was also a director of the Maritime Association of Greater Boston and was a member of the National Association of Maritime Exchanges, the North Atlantic Ports Association, and the Navy League of the United States.


    passed away on September 28, 2022. Known by many as Captain “B,” Brennan was born in Brockton, Mass. Upon finishing high school, his parents drove him to the Kents Hill School to burnish his academic record so he could attend Boston College. World War II got in the way of those plans and set him on a course that would eventually make Maine his home. Brennan enrolled as a midshipman in the just established MMA. Upon graduation, he took a commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. His first Navy assignment also became his first command as the captain of a 110-foot sub chaser, and he spent the war sailing in both Pacific and Atlantic waters. Following the war, he went to Pensacola, Fla., for flight training and the beginning of the next part of his career as a Naval aviator. In 1966, Brennan retired from the Navy and returned to his alma mater, as the Academy’s first Commandant of Midshipmen. For twenty years, he helped develop the college, its facilities, programs, and most importantly, the regiment of young men and women entrusted to his care. Brennan retired from the Academy in 1982 and he and his wife moved to Falmouth, where he began his third career—giving back in service to others. For more than twenty years, he volunteered his time to several organizations in southern Maine. Over his life, he demonstrated to the world that he was very much a humanist. He understood human frailties and encouraged others with strength, compassion, and affection.

  • ARNOLD C. SANDERS, SR. ’43-2

    died peacefully on April 5, 2017. In 1940, he attended Dartmouth College majoring in economics. In 1942, he left Dartmouth to attend MMA and subsequently joined the U.S. Navy and served until 1946. In 1955, he was transferred to Elmhurst, Ill., working for US Gypsum. He took a position as marketing manager with Kaiser Aluminum which brought the family to California in 1959. After he received his brokerage license, he finished his working career as a stockbroker with Morgan Stanley. He loved his life on the lake with his old wooden boat, cruising the lake and chasing sunsets with family and friends. He had a dry sense of humor and was a man of few words, but led by example in his kindness, honesty, integrity, and loyalty.


    passed away April 26, 2022. He lived in Jupiter, Fla.


    died April 13, 2022. He graduated from Cheverus High School, Portland, Maine, and MMA. McCarthy served with the U.S. Merchant Marines. He was employed in the engineering department with Commercial Union Insurance Company for thirty years. He was longtime communicant of Saint Pius X Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and altar server. Deeply devoted to his faith, he held membership in the Legion of One Thousand Men of the Monastery of the Precious Blood as well as the Knights of Columbus. He will be remembered for his kind, gentlemanly ways.


    passed away May 17, 2022. He graduated from Morse High School (Bath, Maine) and MMA. Following service with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he moved to New Jersey. He was employed for 32 years by United States Lines, Inc., achieving the rank of captain. Lowell was a member of the Masons, Shrine, and the Scottish Rite. For many years, he volunteered at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

  • RENE G. GAGNE ’51

    died Sept. 24, 2022. Upon graduation from MMA, Gagne sailed with Farrell Lines for seven years and then worked for the Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Co. for thirty-three years until his retirement. Gagne was an avid Biddeford Tiger fan and volunteered for more than twentytwo years with the Biddeford Athletic Association in various roles, including maintaining Waterhouse Field and earning the moniker “Mr. Fix-It.” He enjoyed cheering on his grandchildren at sporting events, Special Olympics, and other school events. He shared his love of nature with fishing trips to frozen lakes, isolated northern locations, and to the “secret hole.”


    passed away on September 26, 2022. Sawyer graduated from Deering High School in Portland, Maine, and MMA. In the 1950s he moved to Boston to attend MIT, graduating with degrees in naval architecture & marine engineering and shipping & ship building management. These degrees led to a career in tanker construction, shipping analysis, and finance. Retirement afforded Sawyer and his wife the opportunity to return to Maine, and they settled in Damariscotta. In retirement, Sawyer became an active member of the Portland Marine Society, apprenticed at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Pemaquid, and volunteered for the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. He returned to MMA as a guest lecturer, Alumni Board Director, and mentor. He worked to research and restore the Highland Cemetery in Nobleboro. He also continued his father’s work in genealogy, tracking his family back through the 1600s.


    died peacefully May 12, 2022. Truman graduated from Biddeford High (president of his senior class) and MMA. Truman spent several years at sea as an engineering officer on cargo and passenger ships sailing around the world. He had a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy on the USS Wacamaw and then partnered in many businesses with his brothers. Truman served in the 103rd Maine legislature. He was inducted into the MMA Wall of Honor and served on their board of directors for ten years. He served on boards for St. Andre Hospital, Pepperell Trust Bank, and the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club. Truman valued helping others and giving back to the community. He and his wife were active in tennis, golf, and croquet tournaments and competed in some of the finest facilities around the country. One highlight was when they were two of only two hundred people in the world that chased Haley’s Comet from Miami to South America on a British Airlines’ Concorde, literally traveling to the edge of space in 1986.


    passed away July 28, 2020. He was a Rockland High School graduate and later attended MMA, graduating fifth in his class. Reed served his country proudly and with honor in the U.S. Navy for thirty-one years. He began on his first ship, the USS Vancouver, as an engineering officer. He earned the rank of Commanding Officer/ Captain of the USS Compton out of Boston. His last assignment was the Military Sealift Command Atlantic which took him to Greenland. A highlight of Reed’s career was when he and his father, Carl S. Reed, stood side by side on the bridge of the USS Compton, when he had the honor of bringing it to his hometown of Owls Head for the town’s fiftieth anniversary. Reed was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1985 and returned to Owls Head to be with his family. During retirement, Reed enjoyed over twenty years of annual trips to Hyder, Alaska, and enjoyed many stops along the way, including casinos to try his luck, and to his favorite “all-you-can-eat” buffets where Reed crafted the skill of timing and attention to detail to ensure the freshest servings. Reed was extremely proud of his twenty years of sobriety, during which he sponsored and helped support numerous individuals through the AA organization. He had a quiet strength and no-nonsense attitude which made him an invaluable support to anyone needing help.


    passed peacefully August 3, 2022. Seile was a graduate of MMA and served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958, followed by several years in ship building, including as chief engineer at Sun Ship and VP at Bull & Roberts. He and his wife were the owners and operators of several print shops for many years until his retirement. Seile was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and was a member of Abnaki Council #334 Third Degree Knights of Columbus and Abnaki Assembly #346 Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted husband and father who cherished time with his family and capturing the special moments in their lives through photography.


    died on July 9, 2022. He was educated in Bath, Maine, and at MMA where he received a BS in engineering. After serving one year in the Merchant Marine, he entered the U.S. Navy in July 1956. He served aboard the USS Muliphen (AKA-61). Her mission was carrying Marine Force personnel and equipment to invasion beaches. His next assignment was aboard the USS Antares (AKS-33), a support ship for Fleet of Ballistic Missiles (FBM). He was working as Damage Control Officer on the USS Forrestal (CVA- 59) during a disaster where 134 brave men died. He was Commanding Officer of the Reserve Training Center at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, where he also gave assistance to dependents of POWs in Vietnam. In retirement he helped with the restoration of a golf course and trained and showed Labrador Retrievers.


    passed away on May 5, 2022. Upon graduating from MMA in 1957, Barstow entered the U.S. Navy. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer for over twenty-two years with diplomatic and staff assignments in Quito, Ecuador and Yokosuka, Japan. A burgeoning artist, expert cook, and shameless punster, Barstow was above all a consummate family man with a list of friends that both filled Clinton, Conn., and circled the globe.


    passed away on January 9, 2022. Born in Boston and raised in Spring Lake, N.J., he spent summers on Sebago Lake in Maine. He graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in 1954 and MMA in 1957. His classmates recognized him as the infamous receiver of sugar sheets (love letters), after inventing the world-renowned “Quinn Letter Recorder” and was nicknamed the “Romeo of the Class of ‘57.” Quinn was a U.S. Merchant Marine and sailed around the world with Maersk, Sealand, and the United States Lines, including on one of the largest container ships afloat. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard and Naval Reserves. He was a member of the Raymond (Maine) Fire Department, building one of the first fire stations on Main Street in Raymond, and served as deputy fire chief. When not at sea, he owned and operated Lakeland Sand & Gravel. Quinn enjoyed windsurfing, sailing, fishing, and boating on Sebago Lake, as well as surfing on the N.J. and Fla. shores. After receiving the rank of captain, he continued to sail until retiring to Florida where he played a lot of golf and enjoyed exploring the botanical gardens and other natural habitats of Florida. He began flipping houses as a hobby before settling in the Daytona Beach area. He was a member of the St. Augustine Jazz Society, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach Boppers, and Daytona Beach Moose Lodge.


    passed away on July 24, 2022. Wardwell graduated from MMA in 1957. For the next two years, Wardwell traveled the world with the Merchant Marines, later in life enthusiastically sharing the stories of his adventures with his children and grandchildren. Upon his return, he attended the Nuclear Power School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, and then served as a lieutenant junior grade, in the United States Navy Reserve from 1959 to 1968. While serving his country, Wardwell went on to positions at Bethlehem Steel and Texas Instruments. At Texas Instruments, he began working on components for both the Apollo 11 and 13 NASA missions, ultimately serving in several management positions at Texas Instruments, Attleboro, Mass., and Mexico. After retirement, Wardwell moved to Vero Beach, Fla., where he served as president of the Vero Beach Alzheimer’s Association, was a member of the Orchid Island Rotary Club of Vero Beach, and enjoyed time with friends from the Sea Oaks Beach and Tennis Club and Indian Trails Tennis Club. In addition, Wardwell had a wonderful, booming voice and enjoyed singing in the choirs at Trinity Episcopal Church, Christ by the Sea Church, and with the Sea Oaks chorus.


    died on June 29, 2022. Catena graduated from Union High School in New Jersey in 1949. Catena attended MMA and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951, serving during the Korean War on the USS Wasp (CVA-18), which made two world cruises, and operated off the coast of South Korea in 1954 and 1955. Catena received a promotion to gunners mate 3rd class in January 1955. Catena received an honorable discharge in April of 1955. Catena returned to MMA and graduated in 1958, receiving the Academy award for the cadet with the most perseverance to succeed. Catena went to work for the Military Sea Transportation Service in 1958 as a 3rd engineer watch officer. Catena was employed in the shipping transportation and construction fields for 25 years. He worked for Sea-Land service, where he managed the largest maintenance facility in the world. He held positions, including director and vice president of corporate maintenance, with several container companies, including PRIMMI from where he retired in 1988. Later in his career, Catena was self-employed as a consultant for equipment and container manufacturers throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and the U.S., before retiring in 1993. Catena was a member of the Young Republicans Club and the Republican Club of Union County. Catena served as a trustee on the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation for the State of New Jersey.


    passed away December 28, 2021, at his home in Golfito, Costa Rica. After graduation, he sailed as an engineer on the ships of the Great White Fleet of United Fruit Company on their banana runs from Central America to the U.S. A few years later, he moved ashore with the company in Costa Rica to work in the shops supporting the vast banana enterprise including railroads, port facilities, and farm operations. He remained with United Fruit until its demise in 1985. From the outset of his visits to Costa Rica, he was taken by its beauty, people, and culture. He purchased properties in Golfito including a small farm that produced palm oil and various exotic plants. Over time the farm became PARADISE TROPICAL GARDEN, a well-known tour attraction in Golfito, where Beatham was the main attraction. He also gave talks on indigenous tropical plants and their healing powers to passengers aboard cruise ships calling at Golfito. He became a local legend and was well respected and adored by all who came to know him.


    passed away on January 13, 2018.

  • JON M. GILBERT ’62

    died January 27, 2022. Gilbert attended Waterville Senior High School and graduated from MMA in 1962. He sailed with the Merchant Marine for a few years, many times aboard the U.S.-registered container ship SS Transglobe. Gilbert left shipping to begin a career that included testing nuclear submarines for General Dynamics and work at the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station for Stone & Webster Engineering. But an interview in 1974 brought him to his 25-plus year career with Bechtel. As a quality assurance engineer and manager, he developed monitoring programs for radioactive waste, site decontamination, and decommissioning for sites across the U.S. An avid sailor, Gilbert loved messing about in boats. He owned and cruised powerboats and sailboats and raced sailboats in San Francisco Bay and down the coast of California to Mexico. Gilbert reconnected with the MMA Alumni Association and volunteered with the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Paleontology Society in Borrego Springs, Calif., where he took up photogrammetry and 3D printing of fossils, even obtaining an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate so that he could fly drones to photograph fossil sites from the air.


    died on July 14, 2022, in Yarmouth. Moran grew up in Portland, Maine, attended Cathedral Grammar School, and graduated from Cheverus High School in 1960, where he was a captain of the football team. At MMA, he played football and served as class president, graduating in 1964. Upon graduation, Moran went to sea as a Merchant Marine and then went to work for Central Maine Power in 1971, where he retired as a vice president in 1995. After retiring from CMP, Moran worked for USAID in Ukraine from 1995 to 1999 and then returned to Maine to serve as a consultant for Efficiency Maine until 2017. After graduating from MMA, he served two terms as MMA Alumni Association president and was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding performance on the field. An avid sports fan, Moran was a longtime member of Waterville Country Club and the Purpoodock Club. Moran was also a football referee for many years, continuing to enjoy the sport he had played for so long. Moran was a founding member and first president of the Portland branch of the Irish American Club in 1973 and served on many boards around the area, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Iris Network, Mid-Maine Medical Center, various energy boards both in Maine and beyond, Junior Achievement, the Elks Club, and the Knights of Columbus.


    died on June 30, 2022. He was a proud lieutenant (JG) in the U.S. Merchant Marines and Navy Reserves and member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6526.

  • GEORGE A. WADE ’65

    died September 8, 2022. Wade graduated from Tenney High School in Methuen, Mass., as well as MMA. After graduating, Wade sailed as an engineering officer with Hudson Waterways. At Newport News Shipbuilding he progressed from a staff designer to director of engineering construction and sea trials. He spent many years as the civilian member of Admiral Rickover’s Joint Test Group. Wade spent a few years on assignment at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard at the special request of the Admiral. He managed the installation of nuclear propulsion plants in the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers, Lincoln and Roosevelt. In 1990, MMA honored Wade as an outstanding alumnus. In retirement he spent time with his wife, family, and grandkids at many events and hosted friends and family at their camp in Maine.


    died July 15, 2022, in Portland. He graduated from Laconia (N.H.) High School in 1964 and from MMA in 1968. Brown worked as a fisherman at the University of Maine Darling Center from 1973 to 1976, and retired from Bath Iron Works. He was a member of the Waldoboro Lions Club, helped as a founding family of the Broad Bay Congregational Church, UCC, and helped lead and organize the Waldoboro Food Pantry. Brown was well known as a respected and respectful person who was caring and generous to anyone in need. He had a subtle, dry sense of humor, and was a jolly giggler. Brown was also a very talented craftsman. He could build anything and was well known for his beautiful half-hull models.


    died March 28, 2022. Nowell attended Brewer High School and later graduated from MMA with a BS in marine engineering. His early career was spent on the sea in the Merchant Marines working as an engineer on sister ships Walter Rice and Inger for Reynolds Aluminum/Alcoa. Nowell eventually retired from shipping and started a plumbing and heating business in Hancock, providing residential services to the surrounding communities for nearly 30 years. He was an avid boater and could be seen all around Frenchman Bay during the summers, entertaining family and friends on his classic wooden lobster boat. Nowell served on several committees, including the Hancock School Board and the Hancock Point Village Improvement Society. He was very involved with the Union Congregational Church in Hancock, singing in the choir and volunteering his time for the church fair and countless other initiatives. Upon his retirement, Nowell volunteered his time at the Downeast Scenic Railroad, where he enjoyed many weekends working on train engines and repairing railways.


    died on May 31, 2022. Higgins bought his first lobster boat at age nine with money saved up from raking leaves and shoveling snow. It was just a small rowboat, but that didn’t dissuade him from plying the waters of Casco Bay and surrounding coves, points, and islands. Higgins graduated from South Portland (Maine) High School in 1966. The call of the sea took him to MMA, and he graduated in 1971 with a BS in engineering. Experiencing the societal tumult of the late 1960s, feeling strongly anti-war, and having a devil-may-care attitude, Higgins moved to south Florida. He built a commercial charter fishing business. He also learned to fly airplanes. He started small, with the purchase of a Cessna Cherokee, but trained and applied himself until he could purchase and pilot multi-engine Beechcraft, Douglas DC-3s, Lockheed Constellations, and Learjets. He was incredibly talented and fearless in his endeavors. Being an expert sailor, pilot, navigator, logistician, and businessman, he owned and operated many different types of aircraft and seagoing vessels. When Higgins wasn’t working, he was racing his cigarette boat or Porsche or flying to Aspen. Higgins had a brilliant mind and a sterling reputation in the business community for honesty and dependability. He never considered himself a people person, yet he had a certain charisma and humility that could instantly make strangers into friends.

  • EDWARD J. LYNCH, JR. ’71

    died July 29, 2022. He was educated at St. Thomas the Apostle and Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Mass., where he and his twelve siblings were quite well known for their antics. He graduated from MMA in 1971. He shipped out on tankers before serving as a U.S. Merchant Marine. Following his time in the Merchant Marines, Lynch followed in his father’s footsteps and began his construction career with Franki Foundation. With a work ethic that was second to none and his knack for the industry, it did not take long for him to turn a job into a lifelong career. He co-founded Terra Drilling in 1984, where he introduced new drilling systems to the Northeast and built the trust and admiration of his crews over many decades. After a fleeting attempt at retirement, he could not stay away from his natural ability to lead and started Titan Drilling Specialists in 2012. He opened Atlas Drilling in 2015 for his family and longtime colleagues to operate. As a talented athlete, he trained for the 1976 Olympics in the men’s single sculls rowing event. He was an oarsman for several years, rowing in a variety of races, including the Head of the Charles Regatta, and he ran both the Boston and New York City marathons.


    died peacefully on October 1, 2021, in Portland, Maine. Blackwell attended Sanford High School and MMA, earning a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering. Blackwell was employed as an engineering officer aboard oil tankers for Mobil (later ExxonMobil) Corporation for 43 years. He was also a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1983. He loved the sea, and his work for ExxonMobil took him to many different places on the globe. He also loved hosting and attending large family gatherings.


    passed away peacefully on August 27, 2022. Bowden was a graduate of Bucksport High School and was secretary for the Navy ROTC Unit at Maine Maritime Academy for 31 years. Bowden had both a strong and gentle spirit. She was soft-spoken, kind, thoughtful, and was quick to share her smile and her laugh. With a sense of adventure and fun, she embraced life fully with Edgar, her loving husband, while raising their children in Castine. She wholeheartedly shared her love of outdoors, gardening, and crafts with her children and grandchildren, who fondly remember summer days spent at the Backshore, fun-filled camping trips, and the tradition of making Christmas wreaths. Bowden embarked on many hiking and kayaking excursions with close friends, doing portions of the Appalachian Trail from Katahdin. She crossed the infamous Knife Edge Trail and on into New Hampshire. She and Edgar made a formidable team in bowling leagues and were always up for a game of cards. In past years, she was an active member of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish where she looked forward to Sunday services and the comradery of others while helping with church suppers and annual fairs. Bowden’s warm embrace will forever be felt by her beloved family and friends.


    passed away on September 11, 2020. He was a proud graduate of MMA. Lamparelli loved his job as a marine engineer and worked at many shipyards up and down the East Coast. He was most recently employed at Excel Hydraulics in Clarksboro, N.J. Lamparelli was a loving man devoted to his family. Lamparelli believed it was the simple things in life that made the treasured memories . . . trips to Ocean City for pizza and fries, doodling, a round of golf, and sharing laughs at dinners with family and friends. Born in Boston, Lamparelli was a resident of West Deptford, N.J., for thirty-two years, but never lost his New England accent.


    died on April 6, 2022. Coffin attended Brunswick schools and graduated from MMA in 1974. He was a mooring engineer, who stabilized oil rig platforms in Trinidad- Tobago, Granada, and Louisiana. He piloted oil tankers as part of the Military Sealift Command. He attained the rank of lieutenant (JG) from the U.S. Naval Reserves. Upon return to Maine, he worked as a mason. He lobstered in summer and drove oil trucks in winter. He found joy in his many friends, in fishing, in traveling to Virginia to play guitar with friends, in his cat, and in smoking fish, cheese, and jerky, which he gave away to many.


    died September 13, 2022, at his home in Plantation, Fla. Sederquist was born in Laconia, N.H., and maintained residence in Alton Bay, N.H., his entire life. Sederquist graduated from MMA and went on to have a thirty-three-year career as chief engineer in the Merchant Marines. In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors, especially skiing and riding his motorcycle, watching the Red Sox for a “good game,” and spending time with his children and grandchildren in Florida. He loved the foods of New England and a good celebration with cake and ice cream. He was a dedicated member of his family and stood as a stalwart pillar of support for all who loved him. When picking up the phone to speak with Sederquist, you could guarantee to be greeted with “What’s the good word?” He always had an open ear, a relevant anecdote, and a wealth of wisdom. Whether it be a night on the town, time spent outdoors, or a seat on the couch together, better and more pleasant company than Sederquist could not be found.


    passed away on April 20, 2022. Stewart was a graduate of Lynnfield (Mass.) High School and MMA. Following graduation, he began his life as a Merchant Marine. He worked his entire life aboard tugboats, ships, and dredges. He was an avid motorcyclist, and an active supporter of his daughter’s activities, especially sports.


    died July 16, 2022. Nielsen graduated from Deering High School in 1971. After graduating from MMA, he was a senior ship’s officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Nielsen’s first and lifelong passion was his art. Showing talent from a very young age, Nielsen was the youngest exhibitor at the Sidewalk Art Show in Portland at the age of 16. Delighting in and inspired by the abundance and beauty of the natural world, especially its floral and marine splendor, Nielsen never ceased to work tirelessly to capture nature’s essence in his paintings of landscapes and seascapes. Nielsen’s other passions included history, especially WWII, baseball, and the New York Yankees.


    passed away on February 8, 2022. Dionne was educated at St. Mary’s Catholic School and John Bapst Memorial High School (Bangor, Maine), where he played on the 1976 State Champion football team. Dionne furthered his education at MMA, where he graduated with a degree in engineering. He shipped out to many ports around the world and would tell stories of his adventures. Dionne enjoyed many great times at the family camp and watching the high school basketball tournaments. Dionne was an avid New England Patriots fan. Dionne was a very jovial person who brought a smile to everyone around him.


    passed away on April 9, 2022. Edwards graduated from Oxford Hills (Maine) High School in 1976, from Bridgton Academy with the Class of 1977, and from MMA. Edwards worked in the private sector aboard multiple tug and barge units. The bulk of his shipping experience as chief engineer was in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Mississippi River. His ports of call were also on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Great Lakes, the Caribbean Islands, as well as various ports along the Atlantic coast. Edwards retired in 2013 after thirty-two years in the maritime industry.


    passed away in March 2022.


    passed away February 17, 2015, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Wheeler grew up in the Boothbay, Maine, area and was a graduate of the Boothbay Region High School. After high school, Wheeler proudly served his country in the Air Force for nearly four years. After his service in the military, he started working at Bath Iron Works as an electrician. While there, he earned his associates degree at MMA in a workprovided education program. Wheeler was always known for his contagious smile and vibrant personality, his love for the Boston Bruins, his fascination with helicopters, kayaking, fishing, and hiking, not to mention attending high school basketball games.

  • CHAD T. ESLIN ’00

    died unexpectedly April 16, 2022. Eslin graduated from Bangor High School in 1991 and joined the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, he sailed on the USS Cape St. George and was a gas turbine engine (GTE) technician. He earned the rank of petty officer 2nd class. After serving in the Navy, he graduated from MMA. From there, he traveled the world doing his work, committing his time to various power plants and start-up missions. He traveled to places most Americans never see, including Nigeria, Thailand, and India. After settling down and having children in his 30s, he worked as a recruiter for such companies as PIC and 36 Energy.

  • MR. NEAL L. BOWIE ’13

    died July 26, 2021.

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