Bruce Everett Cash

May 17, 1953 - March 7, 2024
Bruce Everett Cash

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Bruce  was born to Carrol and Gertrude Cash of Raymond, Maine in Greenville, South Carolina on May 17, 1953.  He passed away at the age of 70 following a long battle with prostate cancer, at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina on March 7, 2024, surrounded by his family.

Bruce lived a life defined by hard work and his family.  He was the model of what it means to be a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a grandfather, and a friend.  He was well known for his gentle smile and genuine character.  He will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bruce started his career with the United States Coast Guard in 1973 in Cape Cod, MA, as an Aviation Mechanic Specialist.  While stationed in Cape Cod Bruce met the love of his life, Dale whom he married on April 10, 1976.  Bruce retired from the USCG as an E9 with over 26 years of service.  During those 26 years he grew his family with four children, whom he raised to be respectful, hard-working, and loving adults.

Bruce loved the water and being on it.  One of his greatest personal achievements was obtaining his Captain’s license.  He loved bringing out with his family and friends to spend time on the water fishing and making lifetime memories to be forever cherished.

Bruce is pre-deceased by his parents, brother Denis Cash, uncle and aunt Edward and Amy French, aunts Sarah, Elsie and Harriet, and father-in-law Arnold Breda.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife Dale Cash of Wilmington, NC, sister-in-law Priscilla Cash of Liberty, Maine; sister and brother-in-law Colleen and Ed Wynn of Montville, Maine; son Matthew and wife Elizabeth Cash of Raleigh, NC; daughter Sarah and husband Jason Value of Hertford, NC; son Michael Cash of Plymouth, MA; daughter Rebecca and husband Matt Cantrell of Catawba, VA; 7 grandchildren Chaise Cantrell, Jake Cantrell, Claire Cash, Everett Cash, Gridley Cash, Jackie Jean Cantrell, and Arabella Cash; Multiple grand-dogs; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A private Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.

On line condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403, 910-791-9099.




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  • March 15, 2024
    Philip S. Jones says:
    It did not take an act of Congress to make Bruce Cash a Gentleman - he was born with that title. Bruce served 26 years on active duty in the Coast Guard. From Cape Cod to Elizabeth City, NC. He was “Drop Master” (life rafts, food, bilge pumps , newspapers , Bruce was a Master Chief Petty Officer - see the comments from his fellow Coasties in these On Line pages. He was a highly respected leader who set an example for his subordinates, his Equals and no doubt some of the Officers appointed over him. On his retirement Bruce and Dale moved to Arjean on the Sound (Wilmington, NC) where he soon became the President of our HOA. Bruce did more than his fair share as President (5 or 6 years). He continued to serve in several capacities until his medical diagnosis said STOP. We are glad that Bruce chose the USCG those many years ago and that he chose our neighborhood for his retirement home. Bruce Cash will remembered for all the good work he did for his Country as well as for our small subdivision. I remember him most for his quiet demeanor and for his solid character. This man will not be forgotten! Phil Jones , CDR, USCGR (RET)

  • March 11, 2024
    Mark Flowers says:
    Was stationed with Bruce at ATTC……easygoing, soft spoken….an all around good man .

  • March 11, 2024
    Dave Allen says:
    MCPO Dave Allen Bruce was the consummate professional & a sterling example for our young aviators. We became good friends at Airsta Elizabeth City & through our involvement with the CPOA. He also worked at ALC with son & daughter in pubs division & they too had the utmost respect for him. This was a real shock for as I battle my own cancer diagnosis. RIP my friend…z

  • March 10, 2024
    David W. Perham says:
    My condolences to Bruce's family. I had the honor of serving with him in the Coast Guard. Always a gentleman and a role model to others.

  • March 10, 2024
    Doris Austin says:
    Dale I am sorry for the sorrow you must feel. Let God be your strength during this difficult time's. Prayers being said out loud for you and your family.