Former President George W Bush, son of Bush Sr, began his tribute by talking about how well his father lived life.
“I once heard it is said of man that the idea is to die young as late as possible.”
“At age 85, a favourite pastime of George HW Bush was firing up his boat, The Fidelity, and opening up the three 300-power engines to fly across the Atlantic with the Secret Service boats straining to keep up.”
“At age 90, George H W Bush parachuted out of an aircraft and landed on the grounds of St Ann’s [Church] by the sea in Kennebunkport, Maine.”
The younger Bush added: “Mother liked to say he chose the location just in case the chute didn’t open.”
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“Dad could relate to people from all walks of life. He was an empathetic man. He valued character over pedigree, and he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it.”
Bush Jr said his father taught him public service was noble and necessary.
“He strongly believed it was important to give back to the community and country… he recognised serving others enriched the giver’s soul.”