A South Beach intersection now bears the name of an influential Staten Islander who died in 2014. 

Friends and family honored the memory of Frank Fossella Sunday during a street co-naming ceremony at the intersection of Father Capodanno Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. 

Elected officials and loved ones reflected on the life of the former South Shore councilman who many lovingly referred to as "Uncle Frank." 

The prominent democrat was known for being a community advocate and for serving as a mentor to politicians on both sides of the aisle. 

"He knew that people needed help and there was no such thing of prejudice against anyone. It was always if you need help I'm there for you and if I can do it I will." Vito Fossella Sr., Frank's Brother said.

Fossella was a mechanical engineer by trade and later became a teacher. 

He died at the age of 88.