Bruce L. Doran

February 12, 1947 - September 23, 2023
Bruce L. Doran

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Wilmington, NC – Bruce L. Doran, Marine, Vietnam Veteran, loving husband and dear friend to so many throughout his 76 wonderful years, passed away suddenly at his home on September 23, 2023.

Bruce is survived by the love of his life, wife Leslie (Fulchiero) Doran, his stepdaughter Jessica Conway (and Cody), Sisters-in-law, Brother-in-law and their families, and friends from every aspect of his life.

The son of Charles and Eleanor Doran, Bruce grew up in Ebensburg, PA. He joined the Marine Corps in his late teens, served a tour of duty in Vietnam, then returned home and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University. His successful career in the electronics industry spanned 40+ years, with the final 3 decades spent in Burke and Herndon, VA. Upon his retirement, he had his sights set on moving to Wilmington, a place that he and Leslie had grown to love over many years of visiting the Carolina coast. They moved to their dream home in “North Cackalacky” as he so fondly referred to his new home state in 2017 — Bruce was never happier.

Bruce never lost contact with the friends he made over the course of his lifetime starting as early as grade school. The tremendous outpouring of love and support is a testament to who Bruce was as a person, how he treated his friends, and how much he loved his Country.

He will be honored and dearly remembered during a Memorial Service on the sacred grounds of Quantico National Cemetery in the coming months. There is no other place in the world more suited as Bruce’s final resting place than Quantico as he loved everything about the Corps.

Plans for the service and internment will be conveyed to family and friends once arrangements are finalized. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of their choice.

Honor, Courage and Commitment, Semper Fi – Bruce was always faithful. Taken from all of us much too soon, you our dear friend, will be forever missed – Rest In Peace.

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  • November 02, 2023
    Becki Whitmer says:
    We are so sorry to hear about Bruce's passing. We still cannot believe it. Bruce was a good friend, was welcoming and was so much fun. He and his wife, Leslie, always welcomed us into their home with open arms and lots of yummy food and drinks. It was sure to be a good time. It was like walking into a warm hug. We will miss you. Thank you for your service and thank you for your friendship. It meant a lot. Larry, Becki, Rachel and Shelby

  • October 18, 2023
    John Riester says:
    Bruce was one of my best friends during our years together at Shippensburg University. And, although we drifted during the ensuing years, as we all moved forward with our lives, I managed to keep an eye on where he was and what he was doing. I had to keep track of him because he was the only friend from that time that my mother would ask me, “John, where is that nice boy who used to come around during college?” Bruce had charmed her. I had learned he had married the love of his life and ended up in Wilmington, NC. When we moved to Wake Forest, we talked on the phone many times and fell right back into our friendship of too many years ago. That’s the kind of person he was. That’s the kind of heart he had. Sally and I were so anxious to visit and re-kindle that old friendship. It will be one of the great regrets of my life that that will never happen. I will remember Bruce for the great times we had together. I will miss not having the opportunity to re-kindle a true friendship that meant so much to me so many years ago. Rest in peace, my friend! Yours was a life well-lived.

  • October 06, 2023
    william a bostic (Tubby) says:
    I met Bruce several years ago when he moved to Wilmington, liked the guy from day one always a smile an a hand shake, Thanks for all the good times we shared, I miss you brother. RIP

  • October 05, 2023
    Steven W Lowe says:
    Best friend for over 30 years. Miss you bud.

  • September 28, 2023
    Randy Albert says:
    Bruce was my sons next door neighbor. He and Leslie were and are wonderful neighbors and good friends of the family. He will be greatly missed. RIP Marine. Semper Fi.