Bruce also authored more than 20 books on subjects including local history, walking, roads and tracks, and football.
Born in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, Bruce was educated in Spalding and joined the Free Press as a junior reporter in 1951.
He did National Service with the RAF in Worksop from 1953 to 1955, before becoming sports editor of the Guardian and Free Press, where he often covered local football clubs Spalding United and Holbeach United.
Bruce joined the EDP in 1959, where he covered Norwich City and also wrote and compiled the popular Clement Court – Window on East Anglia column
He later worked as a sub-editor on both the EDP and Norwich Evening News before retiring through ill-health in 1993.
Bruce, who was married to Cynthia and had four sons, died peacefully at home in Sheringham, Norfolk, on 21 June.
His funeral will be held at St Faith’s Crematorium in the town at 1.15pm on Monday 11 July.