Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

"Giant Man": George H.W. Bush's mourning family celebrates a "remarkable" life

The family of former President George H. W. Bush spoke on social media to celebrate the life of the veteran of the Second World War, died Friday at age 94.

Bush was the 41st president of the nation between 1989 and 1993. His family spoke of a man so devoted to the public interest and devoted to his family. Bush is survived by 2 siblings, 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

In a statement released Friday night, former President George W. Bush, 43rd in the country, recalled that his father was a "man of the highest personality."

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear father has passed away. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest personality and the best father that a son or daughter could ask. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for the life and love of 41 years, the compassion of those who cared about dad and who prayed for him and the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.

George W. Bush

On Saturday morning, former Florida governor Jeb Bush wrote on Twitter: "The biggest human being I know already misses me. I love you dad! "

Jenna Bush Hager, Bush's granddaughter, wrote on Instagram: "Wake up, lose this giant of a man who gave me everything. He taught me and my family, service, family, decency, the power of sweet words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy that he and my grandmother are back together.

Hager also published the following political cartoon, which depicts Bush in paradise with Robin, his 3-year-old daughter who died of leukemia, and Barbara Bush, his 73-year-old wife, who died in April:

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That brought me such comfort this morning. I had the opportunity to talk with my grandfather about life after death. Here's what he said: he responded without any hesitation. "Yes, I think about it. I was scared. I was afraid to die. I'm worried about death. But now, in some ways, I look forward to it. And I started crying. I managed to quell: "Well, why? What are you waiting for? And he said, "Well, when I die, I'm going to be reunited with those people that I lost. And I asked who he was hoping to see. He replied, I hope to see Robin and hope to see my mother. I have not yet understood if it was Robin, who was three years old as she was, that kind of chubby and vivacious child, or if she would come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. Then he said, "I hope it's her who's three years old." Robin was the daughter of this giant of a man lost years ago because of leukemia. The little girl he held firmly: who uttered the phrase that I heard Gampy repeat all my life, forever inserting Robin's voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: "I love you more than language can say. "

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Jeb Bush Jr. wrote: "Nothing gave my Gampy more joy than to serve others, especially by supporting and caring for those who risk making the ultimate sacrifice every day. His leadership taught us to be kinder and kinder, to love each other. We will miss him terribly. "

George P. Bush, Bush's grandson, has published several tweets paying tribute to his grandfather, calling him "the greatest man I've ever known". He added, "His life lasted until the American century. . . took part in the oil boom in Texas. . . had a distinguished career in the public service, particularly as President during the last days of the Cold War. "

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