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Tompkins Trust CEO Garner dies

Rochester Business Journal
May 30, 2006

Fairport native Stephen Garner, who began his banking career at Lincoln First Bank of Rochester and for the last three years was president and CEO of Tompkins Trust Co. in Ithaca, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 60.

James Byrnes, chairman and CEO of Tompkins Trustco Inc. and chairman of Tompkins Trust, has been appointed to the additional responsibility of CEO of the trust. Tompkins Trustco is a financial holding company for Tompkins Trust, the Bank of Castile, Mahopac National Bank, Tompkins Insurance Agencies Inc. and AM&M Financial Services Inc.

Mr. Garner in 1982 became president of Lincoln Firstís NBW division in Westchester County. In 1984, he became the regional executive of Chase Manhattan Bankís Northern Metropolitan Region in Westchester County. Four years later, he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Hudson Valley National Bank. He became president and CEO of Mahopac National Bank in 1994.

Mr. Garner graduated from Fairport High School, where he was an all-Monroe County basketball player (1964), and from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a bachelor of arts degree in biology.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, whom he met in high school, and three children: Chapin, Trevor and Kara.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca. Donations can be sent to the Stephen E. Garner Fund at Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund in care of Donald Stewart, P.O. Box 460, Ithaca, N.Y., 14851.