Tributes to Ge­orge HW Bush

A pa­triot born to serve

The Sunday Telegraph - - Front page - By Ben Ri­ley-Smith US EDI­TOR

GE­ORGE HW BUSH no longer feared death in his fi­nal days and hoped to be re­united with the three-year-old daugh­ter he lost to leukaemia, his grand­daugh­ter re­vealed yes­ter­day, as the world paid tribute to the last Cold War pres­i­dent of the US, who died at his home in Texas aged 94 on Fri­day.

Of­fer­ing a mov­ing win­dow into the 41st pres­i­dent’s fi­nal mo­ments, Jenna Bush Hager, one of his twin grand­daugh­ters, said he told her on his deathbed: “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. When I die I’m go­ing to be re­united with these peo­ple that I’ve lost.” Asked who he was think­ing about, Mr Bush said his wife Bar­bara, who died ear­lier this year, and Robin, their daugh­ter.

World lead­ers and US politi­cians of all stripes, in­clud­ing for­mer ri­vals, united to praise his ser­vice to Amer­i­can pub­lic life. Don­ald Trump can­celled a press con­fer­ence at the G20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina in a mark of re­spect for Mr Bush, who was be­ing treated for a form of Parkin­son’s dis­ease. Mr Bush will lie in state at the US Congress in Wash­ing­ton ahead of his fu­neral – an honour handed to only a hand­ful of po­lit­i­cal and civic fig­ures.

Mr Trump de­clared a na­tional day of mourn­ing for Mr Bush on Wed­nes­day. The US pres­i­dent will at­tend the fu­neral at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral. Ge­orge W Bush, Mr Bush’s son who went on to be­come Amer­ica’s 43rd pres­i­dent, called his father “a man of the high­est char­ac­ter and the best dad a son or daugh­ter could ask for”.

Mikhail Gor­bachev, the for­mer Rus­sian pres­i­dent whose time in of­fice over­lapped with Mr Bush, called him a “true part­ner”.

The Queen said “Pres­i­dent Bush was a great friend and ally of the United King­dom”. Theresa May, the Prime Min­is­ter, said he was a “great states­man” and a “true friend” of Bri­tain.

Ge­orge HW Bush: died at home, aged 94

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