First National Bank Honors Ed Brooks

Ed and Diane Brooks

Ed Brooks Retires from First National Bank of Mount Dora, June 30, 2015

After a career spanning 43 years, C. Edward (Ed) Brooks, III, Vice Chairman of the Board, Executive VP and Trust Officer of First National Bank of Mount Dora has retired.  Although he will no longer be working at the bank, he’s not going far.  Brooks will continue his role as Senior Trust Advisor for Mount Dora Community Trust in their new location down the street from First National Bank of Mount Dora.

John Pease, Jack Pease, JD, KadenBank employees, customers and residents visited First National Bank on Tuesday to extend their good wishes to Brooks at a luncheon and farewell party at the bank on Donnelly Street.  It was a casual event, with family, customers, friends, current and former bank employees coming to offer congratulations and good wishes.  Attendees snacked and chatted as Brooks introduced old friends to new ones, shook hands and reminisced.

Diane Brooks, Ed’s wife, remarked, “You know, it’s kind of hard to believe we’re here already.  Here, at this stage of our lives looking at retirement.  It all seems to have happened so fast now,” she said, smiling and shaking her head. Diane Brooks, who is active with the Mount Dora Yacht Club, leads fitness classes for seniors and also operates the local National League of Junior Cotillions Golden Triangle Junior Cotillion Chapter, feels confident that retirement won’t mean her husband will have idle time.  “He’s going to be going to the office about every day anyway,” she smiled, “just down the street a bit. We’ll still be active in the community, seeing friends and working, but we may be able to spend a bit more time in the mountains in North Carolina.”

Though he expects he and the staff will move in soon, Mount Dora Community Trust looks forward to an official grand opening at their new location with a special event that is currently planned for sometime in November.

Brooks, along with Mount Dora Community Trust Executive Director Kevin Batliner, and their administrative assistant will move into their new location when renovations at the new site are completed.  Until then, operations for the Community Trust will continue, as usual, on the Third Floor of the First National Bank of Mount Dora at 714 Donnelly Street.  Even after the move of the Mount Dora Community Trust offices, First National Bank of Mount Dora will continue in its role as Trustee of the funds.

Melissa DeMarco, Editor (