Brent Cross, executive vice president of Cross Insurance, an independent agency headquartered in Bangor, Maine, with offices throughout New England, died Nov. 26 at Mass General Hospital in Boston after a year-long battle with cancer, the agency said. He was 58.
Cross began his career with his family’s firm in 1979. He supervised the expansion of agency offices over the past four decades from a single office to now more than 35 locations throughout New England.
He also oversaw staff growth from five employees to more than 700 employees throughout the region. He was instrumental in facilitating partnerships with Boston sports franchises including the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.
Born and raised in Bangor, Cross was deeply involved in the Bangor community where he served as an adjunct professor and member of the board of trustees at his alma mater, Husson University. For more than 20 years he instructed undergraduate students in insurance theory and practice.
He was inducted into the Husson Business Hall of Fame in 2005 and also served as a board member for the Associated General Contractors (AGC), First Light Health Systems; the Sports Museum; and was a member of the Francis Crowe Society. He was also founding president of the Bangor Breakfast Rotary and an award recipient from the Maine Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) group.
Cross is survived by his wife, five children, four siblings and his father, 98-year-old Woodrow Cross, the founder of Cross Insurance.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Bangor Baptist Church at 1476 Broadway in Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to a reception following the service Wednesday.
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