BANGOR, Name — The Interstate 95 overpass on Essex Street was officially renamed the Brent Cross Bridge in honor of the late Bangor businessman and civic leader during a ceremony that drew many of his family and friends on Friday.

Bangor City Councilor Joe Perry testified in February before the Maine House of Representatives’ Transportation Committee in support of renaming the span, and it was later approved and passed by the Legislature, according to a news release issued by the city. The Essex Street overpass bridge was one Cross used frequently during his regular travel.

“Brent was my personal friend and a friend to our entire community,” Perry said in the release. “The bridge is a symbol of how well he brought people together.”

Cross died of cancer last November at age 58. He was executive vice president at Cross Insurance Agency, a Bangor-based firm owned by his family. He started his career there in 1979, working for his father, Woodrow, who founded the company. Cross Insurance now has more than 35 locations across New England and more than 700 employees.

He was an active and well-known member of the Bangor community who worked to improve the city through volunteerism, outreach and resources, according to the release. He was a member of several local organizations, including founding president of the Bangor Breakfast Rotary and inductee of the Husson Business Hall of Fame. He represented and advocated not only for Bangor but for the entire state of Maine during his travels, the release stated.