WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Bruce Cameron, a former owner of WECT, has died.
Family members say Cameron passed away at his home this evening. He was 95.
Cameron and his younger brother, Dan, owned and operated WECT from 1957-1987. The station went on the air in 1954 as WMFD and was then owned by R.A Dunley, Sr. The Cameron brothers purchased the station in 1957 and changed the name to WECT.
The elder Cameron, who became affectionately known over the years as Mr. Bruce, graduated from New Hanover High School and went on to receive a degree in engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.
Both Dan and Bruce Cameron worked for the family gas station business, McMillan and Cameron, before buying the television station in 1957.
Mr. Bruce was considered the "low-key" partner in the television business. His brother, Dan, oversaw the day-to-day operations at WECT until they sold the business in 1987.
Mr. Bruce was better known for his philanthropy, donating millions of dollars to establishments such as Cape Fear Academy, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
In 1990, Mr. Bruce initiated an effort to build a new museum in Wilmington. He would eventually donate over five million dollars and the land to build the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum on South 17th St. The museum is named after his late wife.
Family members have confirmed with WECT that the funeral of Cameron will be held Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. The service is scheduled to begin at 2pm.
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