Developer, philanthropist Bruce Cameron dies


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Submitted: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 3:35am
Updated: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:14pm
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By: Ben Steelman
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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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7 Comments

  • hmercer says:

    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.

  • PonyEspresso says:

    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.

  • Gate Keeper says:

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

  • tarhell granny says:

    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.

  • Tom Hayden says:

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

  • John Wirswen says:

    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

  • Guest 211 says:

    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.

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