Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

George H. W. Bush dead at 94

George H. W. Bush dead at 94

Not merely for the years he spent as our forty-first President, but for the more than 70 years he spent in devoted service to the country he loved - from a decorated Naval aviator who almost gave his life in World War II, to Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, with plenty of posts along the way.

He also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice-president.

Heartfelt sympathy and deep condolences to the entire Bush family on the passing of our 41st President, George H.W. Bush.

The proclamation hails Bush as "one of America's greatest points of light", a reference to one of the former leader's signature phrases about the impact of American civic culture.

He was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts into a wealthy New England political dynasty - the son of Prescott Bush, a successful banker and United States senator for CT. His wife Barbara passed away earlier this year.

President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher.

The former president was a heroic veteran, accomplished statesman, and lifelong public servant whose sense of duty and devotion to our country stands as a shining example for all.

They said: "It's a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he'd want all of us to try".

Our thoughts are with George's family and friends during this hard time.

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George HW Bush was married to Barbara in 1945

Sir John Major has led tributes in Britain to former USA president George Bush senior, who has died at the age of 94.

Other family members added their voices.

Mr Bush was the president who led the U.S. at the end of the Cold War. At Barbara Bush's funeral, a eulogy was delivered by Jon Meacham, author of a biography of George HW Bush.

"As so many Americans did, I had true affection for the man George Bush", he said in a statement.

Washington's often ugly polarisation does not apply at moments such as this.

But he was the respected patriarch of a blue-blood political dynasty - son George spent eight years in the White House, and son Jeb served as governor of Florida.

George Bush senior's death marks the end of an era. "But, it also celebrates a life well lived".

Trump tweeted against about Bush's death in the morning.

The couple had six children, and throughout hardship and triumph, the Bushes made family their priority.

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