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Meet our Trust Officers

While part of a local community bank, the members of our Trust Department are constantly updating their professional skills, knowledge and expertise about the rules and laws governing trusts, estates and wealth preservation strategies. Members of our Trust Department belong to a variety of local and national professional organizations and serve on the boards or advisory committees of several local charitable and professional organizations.

In addition to our Trust Officers, our Trust Department has a staff of professionals who are responsible for the administrative and operational functions designed to serve Trust Department clients.


Granville Morris

Granville R. Morris, Esq.
Senior Vice President & Senior Trust Officer
(860) 767-4414 x265

Attorney Granville R. Morris is currently Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer in the Trust Department of Essex Savings Bank in Essex, Connecticut. Prior to joining Essex Savings Bank in 2008, he was in the private practice of law for 34 years in southeastern Connecticut with an emphasis on estate planning, trust and estate administration and business succession planning for wealthy individuals and families. He is an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

During his years of private practice, Attorney Morris established and advised many charitable organizations and trusts. He also planned and established the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, Inc. in East Lyme, Connecticut to provide grants for the betterment of the East Lyme community. He has also provided legal advice to a community foundation in southeastern Connecticut.

Attorney Morris currently serves on the Endowment Committee of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. and is a former Vice President and member of its Board of Directors. He also participated in an ad hoc committee that crafted a strategic alliance between two Connecticut community foundations.

Granville serves on the Board of Directors of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut as its Vice Chair. He is a member of the Governance Committee of the Board and the Hospital’s Quality Council. He is also Co-chair of the Hospital’s Planned Giving and Major Gifts Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Hospital’s Capital Campaign.

Attorney Morris is presently a member of the Boards of Directors of Essex Savings Bank and of Essex Financial Services, Inc.

Granville received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. Attorney Morris is a member of the Connecticut state bar and the Eastern Connecticut Tax and Estate Planning Council. He is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Attorney Morris is a long-time resident of East Lyme, Connecticut, where he resides with his wife, Judy.


Moira Martin
Moira Bessette Martin, Esq.
Vice President & Trust Officer
(860) 767-4414 x263

Attorney Moira Bessette Martin is currently Vice President and Trust Officer in the Trust Department of Essex Savings Bank in Essex, Connecticut. Prior to joining Essex Savings Bank in 2008, Attorney Martin served in a similar capacity for a large national bank’s private wealth management division. Before working in bank trust administration, Ms. Martin was in the private practice of law for several years in Connecticut and New York with an emphasis on domestic and international estate planning for wealthy individuals, charitable giving techniques and charitable entities formation and ongoing compliance.

During her years of private practice, Attorney Martin focused on advising individuals with regard to all aspects of estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning and the establishment of domestic and international charitable organizations.

In her tenure in bank trust administration, Attorney Martin has managed all aspects of relationship and fiduciary administration for trust and investment management accounts totaling over $400 million. She has also been responsible for new business development and client and investor outreach activities.

Attorney Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Providence College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a member of the Connecticut and New York state bars and a member of the Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut Tax and Estate Planning Councils.


Nancy M. Vendetti, TEP

Vice President & Trust Department Manager
(860) 767-4414 x279

Nancy M. Vendetti has over 25 years of comprehensive experience in banking, estate planning, taxation and private client wealth management as a vice president and private consultant. She worked for BankBoston, Fleet Bank and Webster Financial Advisors in varied roles as tax manager, estate settlement officer and trust officer. She has managed accounts for high net worth individuals and families, as well as philanthropic accounts for charitable trusts and non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Essex Savings Bank in 2006, she was an estate and trust paralegal with Withers Bergman LLP in New Haven, CT, where she was responsible for estate and trust tax preparation, as well as trust and estate administration.

As a private consultant for attorneys and their clients, she has assisted beneficiaries with their financial responsibilities after the death of a loved one, including business continuation planning.

In New York City she worked for international mortgage banking consultant, Samuel Silverman, as assistant and general office manager.

In Siena, Italy she was a participant and assistant in an international music and art program.

Ms. Vendetti is a past president and current board member of the Western Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council, treasurer of the Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council, as well as a current member of the Eastern Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Councils.

Ms. Vendetti is actively involved with the Children’s Community School in Waterbury, Connecticut, and is currently a board member.

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