For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush laid to rest in Texas

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COL­LEGE STA­TION, Texas, (Reuters) - For­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush was laid to rest at his pres­i­den­tial li­brary in Col­lege Sta­tion, Texas, yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing fu­neral ser­vices at his long­time church in Hous­ton.

Bush’s cas­ket trav­eled in a spe­cial train car about an hour north­west from Hous­ton to Col­lege Sta­tion and was then car­ried to the gravesite be­hind his li­brary by a mil­i­tary honor guard, in a cer­e­mony over­seen by his son and for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

Bush, the 41st U.S. pres­i­dent, died last week in Texas at 94. His re­mains were flown to Texas on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing a state fu­neral at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral at­tended by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the four liv­ing for­mer pres­i­dents and for­eign lead­ers.

“The memo­rial was a beau­ti­ful trib­ute to Pres­i­dent Bush’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life and a no­ble le­gacy to pub­lic ser­vice,” Trump said at a Hanukkah re­cep­tion at the White House on Thurs­day. “He was a won­der­ful man. We will al­ways re­mem­ber this great states­man and beloved Amer­i­can patriot. He re­ally was very spe­cial.”

Thurs­day’s fu­neral ser­vice in Hous­ton was held at St. Mar­tin’s Epis­co­pal Church, where Bush and for­mer first lady Bar­bara Bush wor­shipped for more than five decades, and took on a more per­sonal tone with re­marks by fam­ily mem­bers.

Ge­orge W. Bush, who fol­lowed his fa­ther to the White House af­ter Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s two terms, sat in a front pew near the flag­draped cas­ket and joined in as some 1,000 mourn­ers sang “Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful.”

Ge­orge P. Bush, son of for­mer Flor­ida Gov­er­nor Jeb Bush and one of the for­mer pres­i­dent’s 17 grand­chil­dren, re­mem­bered fly fish­ing and shar­ing ice cream with the man he called “Gampy.”

James Baker, a long­time friend who served as Bush’s sec­re­tary of state, eu­lo­gized the for­mer Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dent as a peace­maker and “a truly beau­ti­ful hu­man be­ing.”

“He was not con­sid­ered a skilled speaker, but his deeds were quite elo­quent and he demon­strated their elo­quence by carv­ing them into the hard gran­ite of his­tory,” Baker said.

Mourn­ers laughed as Baker re­called how Bush would let him know a con­ver­sa­tion was over: “‘Baker, if you’re so smart, why am I pres­i­dent and you’re not?’” His voice crack­ing at mo­ments, Baker said he was at his friend’s deathbed last week.

Raised in an Epis­co­palian fam­ily in Massachusetts, Bush fused his preppy New Eng­land back­ground with the more free-wheel­ing traits of his adop­tive state of Texas, where he moved as a young man to work in the oil in­dus­try.

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