President leaves vivid impression in Fort Worth
Before a Christmas party Saturday for the Cowtown Republican Women at the Colonial Country Club, Mayor Betsy Price took a few minutes to remember former President George H.W. Bush.
Bush, the 41st president, died Friday night at the age of 94.
“He will be greatly missed. His level of service, him and his wife Barbara, their care. ... His real focus was always on faith, family and friends, and if you ever had the opportunity to meet the president, and I did a couple of times, and to meet Mrs. Bush, they were incredibly warm, caring people,” Price said.
“(They) cared so deeply about America, and particularly cared about Texas. They were shining
examples of what, in my opinion, a public servant should be, and he will be missed greatly,” she said.
“It’s very sad,” Metroplex Republican Women member Kathy Humen said. “He was a very honorable man and did some very honorable things. Certainly our hearts go out to their family.”
On its Facebook page, the Tarrant County Republican Party wrote, “Rest In Peace, Mr. President. Thank you for a lifetime of service dedicated to our country.”
Democratic U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth paid tribute to Bush on Twitter.
“Today the world lost a leader and a countryman. George H.W. Bush personified all the traits of a Texan — work together, show restraint, make tough decisions and demonstrate deep loyalty to country. We honor his memory and his family today,” Veasey wrote.
Fort Worth novelist Dan Jenkins said he got to know the former president as a person, not so much as a politician.
“He was one of the truly great Americans, and not just because he read my books and became my friend,” Jenkins said via email. “He served in more capacities than almost anyone ever, from WWII hero to President with all kinds of high offices in between. But mostly the guy I knew was a kind, sweet person with a wonderful gift of humor.”
Fort Worth attorney Dee Kelly Jr., whose father was a Bush family friend, remembered Bush as down to earth.
“He was as humble and generous in private as he was in public,” Kelly said via email. “He hosted members of my family in the White House in 1990 (father and brother) and spent a good part of his morning visiting with them. He was an incredible and prolific note writer.”