Pres­i­dent leaves vivid im­pres­sion in Fort Worth

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY STEPHEN ENGLISH sen­[email protected]­gram.com

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.”

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