Eight Bells

The practice of using bells stems from the days of the sailing ships. 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.

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

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.

  • David H. Morway ’73

    Deceased date: March 18, 2019
    David Homer Morway 68, passed away peacefully at home in South Hero, VT on March 18th, 2019. David was the youngest of Robert and Betty (Deirolf) Morway's two sons, born November 6th, 1950 in Burlington, Vermont. He attended high school at Fryeburg Aca…read more
  • John L. Ryan ’03

    Deceased date: March 14, 2019
    John Lord Ryan, 46, of Hyannis, MA died Thursday, March 14, 2019 after a brief illness. Born in Concord, MA, he is the son of John and Maryanne (Lord) Ryan of Westford, MA. He graduated from Westford Academy in 1991. He continued his education and grad…read more
  • Gregory A. Hobbs ’73

    Deceased date: March 8, 2019
    Gregory “Greg” A. Hobbs, 68, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Greg was born and raised in Pittsfield, Maine, a state he dearly loved. His parents, Paul Turner Hobbs and Olivia Nelta Hobbs preceded him in deat…read more
  • Thomas A. O’Donnell ’64

    Deceased date: March 2, 2019
    Thomas A. O'Donnell, 76, of Salem and Danvers, died unexpectedly, March 2, 2019, following a delicious meal at the Peabody Diner. Born in Peabody, he …read more
  • Arnold T. Hocking ’47

    Deceased date: February 25, 2019
    SOUTH THOMASTON - Arnold True Hocking, 91, went peacefully to his heavenly home on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, after a valiant battle with a long illness. With his passing, he leaves an enduring family legacy of unconditional love, unceasing devotion, selfless…read more
  • Alan B. Rich ’44

    Deceased date: February 25, 2019
    Alan Rich slipped his mooring and left us on Feb. 25, 2019, marking the end of a remarkable life. Born in Portland on Nov. 21, 1924, he was the youngest of the three children of Ralph and Myra Rich. He attended local schools and left Deering High School i…read more
  • Clifford R. Cameron, Sr. ’49

    Deceased date: February 11, 2019
    Clifford Richards Cameron, Sr., passed away February 11, 2019. Born in Rockland, Maine on 23 March 1928 to Evelyn and Seymore Cameron, Cliff spent his boyhood days growing up with friends in the Midcoast. His early times were spent on the waters of Pen…read more
  • Michael G. Thorner ’60

    Deceased date: February 4, 2019
    Lieutenant Commander Michael Gordon Thorner, USN, Ret., 79, died February 4, 2019 in a local hospital. He was a native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and a resident of Norfolk since 1975. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Smith Thorner. Lie…read more
  • Earl C. Kidder ’46

    Deceased date: January 31, 2019
    AUBURN – Earl C. Kidder, 92, of Auburn passed away with his loving family by his side on Jan. 31, 2019. He was born on Aug. 3, 1926, in Mexico, Maine. A son of the late Elwood and Ethel (Andrews) Kidder. He was educated in Mexico schools and entered Ma…read more
  • Walter K. Seman ’58

    Deceased date: January 5, 2019
    Walter Kiernan Seman, age 81, passed away quietly in Venice after battling a aggressive form of skin cancer (merkel cell carcinoma). For two years he endured the operations, trips to Moffitt Cancer Center, and local medical appointments with his customary…read more