The Queen with George HW Bush

Andrew Cummings
December 8, 2018

"President Bush is a personal hero of mine and a major inspiration in my life".

Bush wasn't well enough to attend the event, so Mulroney paid the former president a visit at home before the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote that Bush was "a humble, well-respected political figure while serving and through his many years post-presidency". " ... I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance".

In a 2006 interview with CNN's Larry King on "Larry King Live", Bush, who flew combat missions in World War II, read part of a letter he wrote his five children before the start of the Gulf War in which he discussed the phrase.

President Bill Clinton, the U.S. Navy and French head of state Emmanuel Macron, among others, offered their condolences, as well.

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all US and state flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff immediately in honor and remembrance of George H.W. Bush.

"Condolences to the Bush family and the people of United States of America on the passing away of former President George HW Bush". Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community volunteerism as a cherished responsibility.

"George HW Bush's life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling".

"The world has lost a great leader; this country has lost one of its best, and I have lost one of my dearest friends". As devoted as George was to our country, his true passion was his family. As President, he saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Mulroney said Bush asked him three years ago if he would speak at his funeral, and he said he'd be "honoured" to do it.

Bush Sr's death comes eight months after his wife of 73 years, Barbara, passed away in April.

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