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Former President, George H.W. Bush, Dies at 94

Aliyah Dearing, Writer and Editor

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On November 30th, the 41st president of the United States passed away in his home due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.

His death, which was announced by his office, came less than eight months after his wife, Barbara Bush, passed after 73 years of marriage.

“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.

Shortly before his father’s passing, George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, reportedly called his father on speaker phone and shared a few last words.

He told his father he loved him and that he was a “wonderful dad,” and the 41st president responded, telling his son, “I love you, too.” He passed away shortly after.

Former president Barack Obama was one of Bush’s last visitors, seeing him three days before he died.

After his death, Obama stated, “America has lost a patriot and a humble servant in George Herbert Walker Bush. While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with gratitude.”

Obama continued, “George H.W. Bush’s life is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey. Expanding America’s promise to new immigrants and people with disabilities. Reducing the scourge of nuclear weapons and building a broad international coalition to expel a dictator from Kuwait. And when democratic revolutions bloomed across Eastern Europe, it was his steady, diplomatic hand that made possible an achievement once thought anything but — ending the Cold War without firing a shot.”

“It’s a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try.”

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Aliyah Dearing is a junior at Ashley Ridge and has been contributing to The Ridge for 2 years. She is an avid theater student and enjoys acting, singing,...

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