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Developer, philanthropist Bruce Cameron dies

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By: Ben Steelman
Ben.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

WILMINGTON, NC, (StarNewsOnline.com) -- Developer and philanthropist Bruce Barclay Cameron Jr. died Wednesday in Wilmington, friends of the family confirmed. He was 95.

Cameron was born Sept. 6, 1917, in Wilmington, the son of Bruce B. Cameron and Lottie Fales. His father was mayor of Wilmington at the time of his death on July 17, 1944, and was a local auto parts and oil distributor who helped build the Cape Fear Terminal.

With his younger brother Dan, Cameron grew up in the Dry Pond neighborhood of Wilmington and spent much time with his grandparents on Masonboro Sound – where, according to George W. Wilcox in “The Camerons of Wilmington,” he developed a lifelong love of hunting and the outdoors.

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HOW I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE

HOW I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEAVE A LEGACY COMPARED TO THIS ONE. MY SYMPATHIES TO A GREAT, CARING AND GIVING FAMILY. KUDOS.

Not made like that any more

I am a contractor that has worked for Mr. Bruce's company. He would always greet me like I was a part of his family. I will miss him

Philanthropy

Bruce Cameron contributed much to Wilmington, but he did it in a conspicuous fashion by having the family name attached to so many landmark buildings. Anonymous philanthropy is a great thing; conspicuous philanthropy, on the other hand, is a little showy. Still, he was a very generous man.

Bruce Cameron deserves to

Bruce Cameron deserves to have his legacy preserved. Wilmington would not be what it is were it not for the Cameron family. I am pleased to see their family name in landmarks in the area.

Sad day for Wilmington

Sad day for Wilmington indeed.
Although his real estate developments and ruthless business dealings created an overly congested town, his contributions were positive overall.

mr bruce

met him in 1975 right after he had sold the macmillan and cameron stores, he was a true gentleman, he and ms louise were very nice people, may he rest in peace.

Call to heaven

Heaven definitely received another angel; a kind, and caring angel. Rest in peace Bruce. Wilson