The 94-year-old 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush has died. Please join us in prayer for George HW and for his family, and that he will be reunited in heaven with his beloved wife of 75 years, Barbara, who passed away on April 17, 2018.
His death was announced by his family Friday night. The president’s health had been in decline in recent months.
“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings,” the former president’s office said in a statement. “He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.”
His son, George W., who served as the country’s 43rd president, released a statement of his own from the family.
“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” George W. Bush said. “George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”
President Donald Trump sent a lengthy statement just past midnight on Saturday on behalf of he and first lady Melania Trump.
“Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night,” Trump wrote. “Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.
“Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family — especially the love of his life, Barbara,” he continued. “His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause. Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41.” –ABC News
Few love stories will make history like the one belonging to George and Barbara Bush.
With a romance that spanned more than seven decades, they were the longest-married couple in presidential history. The former first lady passed away on April 17, 2018, at the age of 92, 77 years after the two met at a school dance in 1941.
“I could hardly breathe, I thought he was so beautiful,” Mrs. Bushonce told her granddaughter, TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager.
For their first date, the former president borrowed a car to pick up his future wife.
“He told me later, ‘I got the Oldsmobile because it had a radio. And I was afraid we’d have nothing to say to each other,'” Mrs. Bush said with a laugh. “And he tells the world now that I’ve not stopped talking in 75 years.”
The world was transfixed by the love letters the couple sent each other, which they once shared on TODAY.
“I love you, precious, with all my heart, and to know that you love me means my life,” former President Bush said, reading from one of the letters he wrote to his love.
Last year, former President Bush wished his wife “the happiest of birthdays” on Twitter, writing, “I am still the luckiest guy in the world.”