George H.W. Bush Dies; Former President Was 94
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of ex-Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush, died on Friday night.
He was 94 years old.
The sad news was confirmed yesterday by spokesperson Jim McGrath.
“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018.
“He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings,” the former president’s office said in a statement.
Concluded this message:
“He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.”
Bush, a Republican who held the Oval Office for one term, was hospitalized back in April, just one day after laying his beloved wife to rest.
He had contracted an infection at the time, but it’s too early right now to know the President’s cause of death.
Son George W. spoke on behalf of his siblings with a statement of his own shortly after his father died on Friday.
It reads as follows:
Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died.
George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.
The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.
Funeral details will be announced in the coming days, McGrath also noted.
On Twitter, meanwhile, President Trump wrote the following:
“President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life.
“Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end.
“He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!”
He and wife Melania also released a lengthy statement that we have included below:
Prior to his time as the most powerful man in the world, the Massachusetts native served as an aviator in the Navy and flew 58 combat missions during World War II.
He was awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bush then served as Vice President for eight years to Ronald Reagan.
He was a congressman, ambassador to China and director of central intelligence, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
The former President’s death comes just eight months after his wife of 73 years, Barbara, died on April 17.
Even after her passing, Bush remained devoted to his late wife, sitting beside her casket for hours in his wheelchair as mourners paid their respects while she lay in repose one day before her invitation-only funeral.
The photos of his tribute made their way around the Internet at the time.
Bush’s grandchildren affectionately nicknamed him “Gampy,” and Bush Hager has said on The Today Show that her grandfather “really is one of the most humble, wonderful men.”
We send our condolences to his loved ones.
May George H.W. Bush rest in peace.