PARSIPPANY, NJ - George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States and father to the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush has passed away at 94 years old. The president who managed the end of the Cold War and forged a global coalition to oust Iraqi forces from Kuwait, had a political career that spanned three decades, which included being a Vice President, Secret Service agent, US Ambassador and Naval Officer. Most importantly he was a devoted husband and father of six.
"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," his son, former President George W. Bush, said in a statement released by family spokesman Jim McGrath. "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."
Locally, Senator Joe Pennacchio had this to say, "It is a shame that one must die for the rest of us to realize what a wonderful and full life has departed. Such is the case of our 41st. President George H. Bush. His accomplishments too numerous to mention. His contributions to his family, community, and Country unparalleled. His epitaph as simple as the man himself, “ he was a good man”. We as a Country are all the better because of him. We as a Country awoke with a small piece of our collective hearts missing. RIP Mr. President."
Sherriff Jim Gannon also reflected, "As we join together as a nation to grieve the loss of President George Herbert Walker Bush, let's remember his life. In his own words, he said that he had no greater titles than those he had left at the end of his career of service - Husband, Father, Grandfather. His life was filled with achievement - Yale Baseball Captain, Fighter Pilot Hero, Congressman, Ambassador, RNC Chairman, CIA Director, and President. He led a uniquely American life, and he lived it in a joyful manner. Rest in Peace, Mr. President, you will be missed."
His grandaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, posted a moving tribute today. Here is her Instagram post:
This brought me such comfort this morning. (photo referred to is in article) I had the opportunity to talk with my grandpa about the afterlife. This is what he said: He answered without any hesitation. “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it.” And I started crying. I managed to choke out, “Well, why? What do you look forward to?” And he said, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.” And I asked who he hoped to see. He replied, I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. And then he said, “I hope she’s the three-year-old.” Robin was the daughter this giant of a man lost years before to leukemia. The little girl he held tightly: who spoke the phrase I have heard Gampy repeat for my entire life, forever knitting Robin’s voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: “I love you more than tongue can tell.”
Rest in Peace, Mr. President.