Longtime Banker, Community Leader Dies 

A longtime banker and community leader has died. Edwin Clift passed away at his home in Ellsworth Sunday of cancer. He was 73.Clift served as the Chairman and CEO Merrill Merchants Bank before he retired. He also worked as a senior vice president at KeyBank and an executive vice president at Machias Savings Bank.Clift was well-known for his community service, too, serving on the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation, among other organizations. He was given the Norbert X. Dowd award in 2007 from the Greater Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. It’s the chamber’s most distinguished community leader award.Before Clift moved to Maine in the 1960’s, he also served in the Air Force. Funeral services have not yet been announced.