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.

  • Peter R. Thompson ’65

    Deceased date: January 28, 2018
    Peter Royal Thomp…read more
  • Capt. Richard C. O’Donnell ’50

    Deceased date: January 25, 2018
    Capt. Richard C. O'Donnell '50 of Savannah, Georgia and formerly of Searsport, Maine, died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Hospice Savannah. Capt. O'Donnell was predeceased by his wife, Mary, and is survived by his children, Thomas and Sheila. He spent m…read more
  • Capt. Dennis R. Webb ’72

    Deceased date: January 21, 2018
    Capt. Dennis R. Webb, 67, of Fellows Street, South Portland, Maine, died peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House following a long illness. His loving wife was by his side. Dennis was born in Portland, Maine on May …read more
  • Norman A. Clark ’46

    Deceased date: January 16, 2018
    Norman A. Clark, 91, of Manchester, NH, died January 16, 2018, after a period of declining health. Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, on February 11, 1926, he was the son of Harold S. and Mary J. (Farrell) Clark. He resided in the Queen City most of his lif…read more
  • Craig W. Babcock ’89

    Deceased date: January 14, 2018
    Craig William Babcock, 53, of Lisbon, CT, and New Shoreham, RI, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Craig was born on December 7, 1964 in Norwich, CT and proudly served as a Merchant Marine for 26 years. He is survived by his devoted wi…read more
  • Charles A. Kilby ’49

    Deceased date: January 10, 2018
    NEWPORT, MAINE - Charles Alden Kilby, 89, died on January 10, 2018. He was born on October 13, 1928, in South Portland, a son of Henry and Irene (Hannaford) Kilby. He graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy, Class of 1949, and served in the Merchant Ma…read more
  • John F. Scala ’53

    Deceased date: January 9, 2018
    ROCHESTER - John "Pete" Scala, 86, of Rochester passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 with his family by his side after a brief illness. Born in Boston, Mass., Pete was the son of the late Michael F. Scala Sr. and Mary Scrima. He graduated…read more
  • Roger B.Walters ’65

    Deceased date: January 4, 2018
    Roger B. Walters, 74, of Dade City, FL and formerly of Hooksett, NH, passed away at his residence in FL on January 4, 2018. He was born in Peabody, MA on July 17, 1943, son of the late Alfred and Rosa (Hitchman) Walters. Roger was a graduate of Maine M…read more
  • Donald W. O’Brien ’56

    Deceased date: January 1, 2018
    WILTON, NY - Donald W. "OB" O'Brien, 82, of Woodlake Dr., passed away Monday morning, January 1, 2018 at his home. Born on April 4, 1935 in Bingham, Maine, he was the son of the late Rodney and Louise (Cunningham) O'Brien. He was a graduate of Maine Ma…read more
  • Brian T. Sullivan ’66

    Deceased date: December 27, 2017
    Brian T. Sullivan, 73, of Bailey Island, Maine, formerly of Waterford, Conn., passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Dec. 27, 2017. Brian was born in Hartford, Conn. on Dec. 26, 1944, the son of John and Teresa Sullivan. He attended…read more