His family announced his death Friday night. The president’s health had been in dropping in recent months.
“George Herbert Walker Bush was a World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America who 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. “He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara.
His son George W. Bush, who served as the country’s 43rd president, released a statement of his own from the family.
“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” George W. Bush said. “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.”
The family said funeral measures would be stated “as soon as is concrete.
President Donald Trump sent a lengthy statement just past midnight on Saturday on behalf of himself and first lady Melania Trump.
“Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night,” Trump wrote. “Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.
“Along with his full life of service to the country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to the family especially the love of his life, Barbara,” he continued. “His example lives on and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause. Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.”
He sent a follow-up tweet Saturday morning from the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, calling him a “truly wonderful man.”
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 all will miss him
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president has designated Dec. 5 as a National Day of Mourning, adding that the Trumps would attend his funeral.
“The President and First Lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush’s passing. President Trump is scheduled to speak with President George W. Bush this morning and offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the First Lady, and the entire country,” Sanders said in the statement. “A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honors. The President will designate Wednesday, December 5 as a National Day of Mourning. He and the First Lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.”
Later in the day, Trump said Air Force 1 would go to Houston to pick up the casket of the former president to bring him to Washington. The president called it a “special tribute that he deserves very much and it’s my honor and he’ll be really missed.
A source from yahoo.com