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Family and friends pay final respects to the late Bruce Cameron

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Bruce Cameron (Source: Susan Taylor Block) Bruce Cameron (Source: Susan Taylor Block)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Family and friends gathered Monday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington to pay respect to the late Bruce Cameron.

Cameron, former owner of WECT, passed away last week in his home. 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.

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.

A funeral service was held for Mr. Bruce Monday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.

People at Cameron's funeral said he will not only be remembered for his generosity and philanthropy, but for the kind of person he was. They said he was caring and down-to-earth.

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