Jack Davidson recalls he first met Ed Safer in December of 1970. Although he wasn’t Irish, Ed felt compelled to tell an Irish joke designed to provoke rather then enlighten. In retrospect, it was an ironic encounter. Ed was a man who enlightened rather than provoked. Ed died on January 23, 2009. He is sorely missed by all of us at the Trust Company of Vermont. He and his wife, Norma, were instrumental in helping us start the Trust Company and we will be forever in their debt. He had unwavering confidence in us which helped us get through those days when ours wasn’t so steady. Although trained as an electrical engineer, Ed shifted careers when he arrived in Brattleboro to take a position as a stock broker with Burgess & Leith. So we crossed paths early and often. Mentor and friend to many of us at the Trust Company, we salute you Ed with a Gaelic “Thank You”: “Go raibh maith agat.”
Jack Davidson remembers June 3, 1999 as the day he began his first day at the Trust Company of Vermont by entering the doors of our first headquarters at 151 Main Street in Brattleboro, having just negotiated a lease with the building’s owner, Robert T. Gannett. Senator Gannett went out of his way to support us with a “sweetheart lease” that we feel was instrumental in the success of our company. As we all know, first impressions mean a great deal and this former bank building was ideal for a start-up trust company. He was our gracious landlord for ten years. More importantly, he was our supporter. Thank you, Senator Gannett, for all you did for us.
Joseph Constance Sr. was a founding director of the Trust Company of Vermont. We are deeply indebted to his help in the creation of our company and his ongoing contributions. We valued his experience and intelligence, integrity and warmth, and he is sorely missed. So to Joe, “You will always be remembered on the first tee”.
Ernest W. Gibson III was a founding director of the Trust Company of Vermont. His erudition, gentle wit and careful counsel left a deep impression on all of us who knew him. Careful with his words, he could command a room with a natural gravitas, befitting the Justice he was. He contributed generously to our company’s early days and will always be missed and fondly remembered.