Patriot and humble servant: Rivals and proteges remember president Bush

J. Scott Applewhite | AP

J. Scott Applewhite | AP

Canadian politicians past and present offered their condolences on Saturday following the death of former US president George H.W. Bush, with former prime minister Brian Mulroney calling it "an enormous loss".

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. Central Intelligence Agency director (1976-77). Vice president (1981-89) and president (1989-93). Ambassador to the United Nations.

During his time as USA president, he has held seven meetings with USSR and Russian leaders - Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin.

James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state, said that in each position Bush held, he "led with strength, integrity, compassion and humility - characteristics that define a truly great man and effective leader".

The drawing memorializing President Bush depicts him arriving to heaven in a TBM Avenger war plane, which he flew during World War II.

In a condolence statement signed by the current U.S. President, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania, the Trumps lauded the contributions of the ex- American leader.

"One moment from Barbara Bush's passing that struck me was that he greeted every mourner who came to her casket".

"Former President George H W Bush was passionate about strong relations between India and USA. We Europeans will forever remember this". Shot down over the Pacific by Japanese anti-aircraft fire, he parachuted out and was rescued by a submarine after huddling in a life raft for four hours while enemy forces circled.

"George Bush Sr. has also done a lot to strengthen Russian-American cooperation on the issues of global security", Putin added.

Former prime minister David Cameron tweeted: "So sad to hear that George HW Bush has passed away".

He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a degree in Economics.

The other battles he fought as president, including a war on drugs and a crusade to make American children the best educated in the world, were not so decisively won.

The two men famously declared an end to the Cold War at the Malta Summit in December, 1989, weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with Bush declaring support for Gorbachev's "perestroika" reforms.

"President Bush loved his family, loved this country and his legacy will be a lifetime of service to the United States of America". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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