Former US president George H.W. Bush, who had unquestionable prowess in foreign policy died Friday at age 94, his family announced.
Bush’s passing comes a few months after the death of his wife Barbara Bush in April; his “most beloved woman in the world” — to whom he was joined together in holy matrimony for 73 years.
A statement released by his son, former president George W. Bush, on Twitter by a family spokesman reads thus:
“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,”
“George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
He is survived by 5 children and 17 grandchildren.
The decorated war pilot was also the youngest naval aviator in World War II after enlisting at age 18. He suffered the embarrassment of being a one-term president and was denied a second term when he lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton.
Due to his love for his country, Bush later joined with the man who defeated him in a number of philanthropic causes. They went on to forge such a strong relationship that Barbara Bush once said of Clinton, “I think he thinks of George as the father he never had.” She also said her children refer to him as “a brother by another mother,” while Clinton himself jokes, “Barbara began to refer to me as her black sheep son.”